Reserves v Hinton Res., 12 Sep 2020 (League)
Buntingford Lost 3-0
Town Reserves first home game on the superb Bury surface on a perfect day held a great deal of promise, a bumper crowd enjoying refreshments in the September sunshine their to cheer them on.
Injuries to Cavil Costi along with a call up to the firsts for Hunter Diack and the absent Nathe Hutchings meant there were 3 changes to last weeks starting 11.
Ross Murphy switched to left back, James Cotton came in on the right and there were starts in midfield for Harrison Knowles and Ryan Bailey.
It was clear from the first whistle that Hinton were a decent side, with their 4-3-3 formation they dominated possession in the central midfield area, Town working hard to contain the energy of some skilful players by shuffling George and Harrison across the pitch as much as possible.
Despite the away side dominating the ball they didnt carry a huge threat on goal and Town restricted them to a few half chances by getting men behind the ball and also had Ewan to thank for a couple of smart saves.
Indeed with 1 up front for Hinton it allowed Town to try and play out from the back but sadly Town lacked the confidence and composure to patiently find a way forward, instead electing to hit long passes toward Reece and Liam up front which failed too often to find them.
Coming in level at ht gave Town a chance to think about how to win the game but the second half started in much the same fashion as the first.
Town struggled with fitness and injuries and had to make a raft of substitutions and changes to the line up just to keep 11 able bodies on the pitch.
After an hour Hintons domination finally paid off and after good work down the Town right, the ball broke to an unmarked attacker and his simple finish from 12 yards had Hinton 1-0 up.
As Town tried desperately to break the pattern of the game they changed to a 3-5-2 formation and this allowed them a little more presence higher up the pitch, but with substitutes now struggling with injuries and the team tiring their only decent shout was a penalty appeal as Pat Cahill was tripped from behind on the edge of the box, the ref not even interested in a free kick let alone penalty!
Into the final 10 mins and the game becoming an end to end affair Town leaked 2 more goals, in both cases some uncertainty in the defence allowing Hinton to wrap up the game in a comfortable fashion.
No arguments on the result but Town will feel a little hard done by with the scoreline.
Fitness has to be the main focus for the Reserves at this time to allow them to compete for the full 90; it will take time for the understanding and organisation to come.