Bedmond Sport & Social Club v Reserves, 05 Sep 2020 (League)
Buntingford Drew 1-1
Town’s second string began their league campaign with an away trip to Bedmond.
Fielding a new look side there were a number of competitive debuts, including for 18yr olds Cavill Costi and George Lovegrove along with more experienced players Lloyd Bowman, Hunter Diack and Liam Faik.
Town started well and attempted to play football from the back, and the early signs were positive, one good flowing move saw Nathen Hutchings played in down the left but his cross lacked the quality to trouble a resolute Bedmond defence.
Bedmond in contrast looked to hit a rather large target man and with an experienced strike partner alongside him, they always looked busy.
After 15 mins Bedmond thought they had a breakthrough when they bundled the ball into the net at the far post, however, the ref had already blown his whistle and awarded a penalty which they duly put wide, and Town breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Reece Knapp was his usual tenacious self and drew some conflict from the home defence, but Town rarely threatened the Bedmond Gk and the first half was mostly an even tussle with both midfields turning the ball over quickly.
In the last few minutes of the first period a great move down the right involving Ross Murphy, Alex Hewer and finally a great cross by Liam Faik found George Lovegrove who banged the ball in from 10 yards out for his debut goal.
The second half played out in similar fashion, but as the game wore on and Town began to tire Ewan White was called upon to make some excellent saves to keep us ahead.
Town tried to consolidate by adding Ryan Bailey to midfield and threw on the fresh legs of Pat Cahill, Tommy Jackson and Harrison Knowles, but with 10 minutes left the referee compounded a horrible personal performance when despite the linesman’s flag he allowed a blatantly offside goal to stand and Bedmond had their equaliser.
A hectic final few minutes could have seen either team snatch victory but a point on the road was a good result for Town against a hardworking opposition.