Standon & Puckeridge v First Team, 20 Nov 2021 (League)
Buntingford Won 2-1
Antonio Fusco opened the scoring early on
Bunt travelled a short way down the A10 on Saturday for an HSCL derby clash against Standon and Puckeridge.
With no recognised keeper again this week centre-back Jack Bishop deputised between the sticks.
Town started the game flying with a goal from Fusco on 4mins, a fine left footed finish from close range.
Bunt dominated the play, creating numerous chances, with both Collins and Fusco shooting just over the bar.
The game then took a twist when Town’s keeper Bishop was judged to have taken down the Standon striker after only 20mins, just outside the box, leaving a lengthy decision from the referee resulting in a red card.
Town's skipper, Jamie Prouten, stepped up to take over in goal, and Town re-shuffled and steadied themselves to reach the half time whistle 1-0 up.
Some strong words about desire and fight at half time worked, and the lads came out fighting creating chances from Welch, Fusco, and Collins, while defending superbly giving the opposition no chances.
Harry Watson scored the winner
The team with only 10 men then went further ahead on 70mins with Watson using his pace and skill to beat the offside trap and rounding the keeper to score; 2-0!
Watson again could have made it 3 with a great chance on 70mins.
Some important impact substitutions were then made, resulting in fantastic performances from Langley, Diack and McCann.
Bunt then battened-down the hatches to defend the lead, and that they did, limiting the opposition who got increasingly frustrated to only a couple of chances.
Standon did manage to get a consolation goal on 88mins leaving a nervy final few minutes.
Final score 2-1 to Buntingford, having played with 10 men for 70mins; one of the finest squad performances ever with some fantastic team play and personal effort from every individual involved.
The Bunts management team and supporters were left in footballing heaven - couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!