Old Parmiterians v First Team, 18 Sep 2021 (League)
Buntingford Won 8-1
Buntingford visited Old Parms following last week’s narrow defeat to the league leaders with great expectations following a poor start to the season by the hosts; in previous years Parms had been Buntingford’s bogey team.
Buntingford started the game confidently, controlling the game and restricting possession to the opposition, great build up by the Buntingford defense and mid field gave Reid an early opportunity with a header just wide.
Reid was not to be denied moments later when picking up the ball in mid field and driving at the opposition’s defense hit a shot from the angle as he entered the penalty area and finding the net.
Again Buntingford restricted possession to the opposition and on 9 min a fine through ball from Reid found Collins who cut back the ball from the goal line for Welch to slot home.
Buntingford now in full flow came close again with team captain Owen coming close with a long range shot on 11 min.
In the 13 min a laid on pass by Langley found his strike partner Collins who slotted from close range to put Town 3-0 up.
By this time Parms were showing signs of frustration and seconds later the same partnership Langley to Collins made it 4 -0.
On 20 mins Reid came close with a fine effort; it took until the 25th min for Parms to have a meaningful effort on the Buntingford goal which was comfortably dealt with Parker, the Buntingford ‘keeper.
Buntingford kept pressing and Reid came close again with an excellent through ball by the skipper on 30 min; on 33min Dooling delivered a fine cross for McCann to head wide and on 35 min fine work by Buntingfords mid field found Collins who came close with a fine effort.
Five minutes later min the hard working Langley was awarded a chance and slotted the ball away to make it 5-0.
Buntingford made three changes at the break with Carter, Rutter and Garrett replacing Langley, Welch and McCann.
The second half started with the opposition controlling the early stages and catching the Buntingford defense napping and conceding after two mins - 5-1.
On 55min Collins broke the Parms defensive line to latch onto a fine through ball by Carter and made it 6-1, scoring his first hat-trick for the club.
His fourth of the game followed 12mins later with a free kick delivered over the defense line with which he controlled first time a slotted past the advancing keeper; Collins rounded of a man of the match performance on 86 min by slotting his 5th goal of the game in a period when the opposition’s number 7 had been sin-binned showing his frustration at the referee.
With seconds to go Owen hit the crossbar with a free kick outside the area, the final score being a well-deserved 8-1 victory for Town.