Reserves v Bovingdon A, 21 Aug 2021 (League)
Buntingford Drew 2-2
Town Ressies' first home game of the season saw them play Bovingdon A who themselves had enjoyed an opening day win and sat one place ahead of Town in the league table.
Town reverted to a back 4 and made 3 enforced changes to the starting line up, Jake Bush came in between the sticks, Tommy Jackson started up front and there was a first start wide right for Josh Bradfield.
A bright start from Town saw them enjoy some early possession and within 2 minutes Alex Hewer had run onto a loose ball and hit a speculative long range effort which went comfortably wide.
The signs were positive for Town and soon Josh played in Chas and as he burst through his low cross goal just eluded Tommy's outstretched leg.
As per the opening day, Town's bright start began to fizzle out and the initial adrenaline gave way to fatigue; Bovingdon began to find more space and had their share of chances, some nervous play at the back seeing Bovvy hit the post.
On 24 mins though Town took the lead after a typical bustling busy run by Chas who forced the corner.
George swung it over and after Tommy flicked it on it fell to Jacob, whose low volley dipped under the keeper and gave Town the advantage.
More good work from Tommy forced another corner and from Josh’s delivery George put his glancing header across goal and agonisingly wide of the far post.
It seemed to be all Town now but on 35 mins Bovvy's outstanding young midfielder cut through the Town centre and drilled a low shot from 25 yards-plus which Bush saw late and couldnt react quickly enough to keep out, 1-1.
This seemed to rock Town and they went behind when they failed to clear a corner adequately and the ball got turned in from close range, 1-2 a scoreline Town didnt really deserve.
No changes from Town at the interval was an indication that only a few tweaks were needed for Town to improve, and on 48 mins a long free kick by Sid was nodded on by Tommy allowing George Lovegrove to slip in and divert the ball into the corner past a static keeper, 2-2!
Town began to boss the game now and enjoyed the majority of possession and territory, a flick on by Chas found the gap and Tommy almost steered his lofted effort over the keeper but just came up short.
Fresh legs were required so Ross for Kaps and Prior replaced Westy both players slotting in seamlessly in the centre midfield, and next Ayo for George all gave Town a much needed injection of energy.
In fact Ayo could have scored but after working hard to craft a chance his final touch took the ball away from him and into the keeper's hands.
More changes, firstly Tom Turner for Sid at the back, Tom looking composed and comfortable throughout the closing stages, and then Luke for Alex H meant all 5 subs got a run out.
More chances later on saw Tommy round the goalkeeper but he couldn’t find the cut back for Chas who had an open goal had the ball found him.
Then almost at the death a Jacob free kick drifted over everyone's heads and just as though it looked like it may creep into the far post it was clawed away by the keeper for a corner.
Bovvy were restricted to rare breakaways but the defence were marshalled superbly all game by Toby and Sid, supported superbly by Jacob and Alex Hewer in the full back areas.
The game ended 2-2 and despite Town being disappointed with the result they can look back on a mostly solid performance where they created chances, played some good football and restricted the opposition to maybe on 3 or 4 chances for the entire game.