Reserves v Tring Corinthians AFC Res., 28 Aug 2021 (League)
Buntingford Drew 0-0
Once again Town were forced into a number of changes with several of last week’s players unavailable.
A change of personnel between the sticks saw Ewan White start his first game of the season for the Reserves and there were starts for Tom Turner and Luke Sloan along with first squad involvements for Will Brant, Stan Ray and Jamie Allen.
As has been a regular theme so far this season The Ressies started brightly and it wasn’t long before Chas Bailey’s shot from distance after only 4 mins was saved.
More really good build-up work from Town resulted in a cross by Jacob Burgum eluding everyone and then a ball into Chas saw him almost turn away from the last defender but for a last gasp toe in.
Next it was Westy having a shot after a good hold up by Alex Hewer.
It looked like the breakthrough was coming any minute and only 12 minutes had passed when more excellent passing gave Town a throw-in wide left and Chas spun away and hit a half volley which swerved and dipped just over from 25 yards.
Jacob breaking down the left in the full back position was causing Tring issues and another low cross firstly crept pass Chas and although Josh Bradfield retrieved the loose ball, his cross drifted narrowly wide as Town attackers all converged at the far post.
Town should have already been well ahead when Josh found himself 7 yards out unmarked and perhaps it was his belief that a whistle was coming which distracted him as he planted a side foot against the outside of the post with the keeper static.
After 30 mins without conceding a goal Tring began to grow in confidence and Ewan was called upon to make a couple of saves and Tring also saw a couple of decent attempts go narrowly wide.
The final 15 minutes of the half were quite scrappy and Town lost their fluency and gave up possession with too many hopeful long passes.
At half time an enforced change saw Tom Turner leave the field and Will Brant replace him.
It wasn’t long before 2 more changes due to injury, firstly Veteran Ross Murphy replaced Kaps Patel and then Jamie Allen made his debut, coming on for a concussed Luke Sloan, Town having to shuffle positions to try and maintain a reasonable shape.
A poor second half with few chances ensued with Town enjoying a good deal of possession but the Tring back line being well marshalled by a towering and robust centre back pairing.
Ewan in goal was a virtual spectator and Town failed to recapture any of the football they played in the opening 30 mins.
Stan Ray and Robbie Rutter came on late to try and find the elusive goal and the last 10 mins saw Town batter Tring.
First Chas put in Josh but he was foiled by an excellent save, the keeper diving at his feet as he tried to round him.
Town forced a series of corners and next Toby’s unmarked header drifted to the far post where Ross Murphy tried to force the ball home only to see his effort blocked on the line.
Town simply couldn’t find a finishing touch despite sending in numerous late crosses and corners and had to settle for a point and a clean sheet.
3 games into the new season, unbeaten and getting fitter, a frustrating afternoon for Town but every game has seen a stronger performance for longer, the goals will come!