Chorleywood Common v Reserves, 04 Sep 2021 (League)
Buntingford Won 2-0
Town made the long trip away to Chorleywood for a late 4pm kick-off.
With no fewer than 11 players unavailable, Town were forced to sign on 2 players who have yet to feature this season, Tom Reeves and Brad Pinto, both who joined pre-season and played in pre-season friendlies.
There were starts for Reeves as well as Ross Murphy, and we welcomed back Ryan Bailey alongside Toby at centre back and Will Brant got his first start at left back.
Playing on a 3G against a young side Town made their presence felt early on and with the experienced midfield 3 of Reeves, Murphy and Chas Bailey, Town began to dominate after a scrappy opening few minutes.
The following 40 minutes were the best Town had played this season.
Reeves had already worked the home ‘keeper before Chas played him in again and he guided the ball into the bottom corner to put Town 1-0 up after 10 minutes.
Town began to play some nice football and opened up their opponents regularly forcing several corners.
Tommy looked busy up front and he linked up well with both George and Robbie; Town had already squandered 2 or 3 good chances with the goalkeeper also making several good saves when Alex Hewer from right back picked up a clearance and banged an unstoppable 25 yard drive across goal and over the keeper to double the lead.
The first half was young and Tommy, George and later Robbie all had chances to make it 3-0, but none were taken.
Chorleywood despite showing some glimpses of ability found Ryan, Toby, Will and Alex all unmovable at the back, leaving Ewan in goal with barely a save to make, most of his work limited to the odd goal kick.
Two changes at half time saw Pinto make his debut on for Tommy up front and Luke Sloan replacing the late for work Reeves in midfield.
Despite warnings that the game was far from over Chorleywood started the 2nd half with an urgency which we struggled to match.
They enjoyed much more possession and much more territory but again were restricted to very few attempts on goal.
Such was their improvement that Town made another change bringing on Josh Bradfield in the middle to provide some much needed fresh legs.
Town still carried a threat and several times we almost found ourselves through on goal with Chorleywood making some good last gasp tackles to keep them in the game.
A good long distance strike from Robbie had their ‘keeper at full length tipping the ball round the post.
At the other end Ewan was only called upon once to make a comfortable save low down; despite several free kicks in promising positions Chorleywood failed to hit the target or cause too many problems for a well organised defence.
Town saw out what could have been a much more comfortable victory but a second clean sheet in 2 games and a strong performance with a depleted side are all big positives for a Town side now unbeaten in 4 games this season.