skipper George Coleman suffering a recurrence of his groin injury at Netherton
United in the under-18 game in midweek, Brady Stratford moved into the back
four alongside Nat Allam.
opening half was an entertaining affair littered on occasions with some niggly
fouls, especially from one of the visiting forwards who eventually received a
deserved yellow card for persistent infringements.
opening goal for the Doughboy came midway through the half when Shefford`s excellent
keeper made a fine save from an Eman Kyeremeh effort, but Jack Cawkill-Robins
was on hand to smash home the rebound.
second goal a few minutes later was somewhat controversial but I am going to do
my `Arsene Wenger impression` of saying I didn`t see it!
cross was `headed` in by Brady Stratford at the far post – the Shefford bench
shouting for handball and others for a push. However, the goal was given!
inexplicably, after creating very little, we allowed the visitors back into the
game when some sloppy play in our own half and a lack of tackling saw them go
through to beat Alfie Whitchurch, who had little to do in goal up to that point.
of the rules of the Junior Premier League is that every player should be given at
least 40 minutes (a half).
the competitive nature of the league we`re in though, that makes it tough and we
brought all five of our subs on at half-time.
all five are good players – there`s no disputing that – they wouldn`t be with
after such a good performance in the first half, the changes definitely disrupted
us and although, again, the visitors rarely threatened due to some excellent
defending from Stratford, Allam, stand-in skipper Oli Anderson and Mason
Jackson and then Joe Hobson, we also lost our way.
silly episode with 15 minutes to go saw the visiting keeper refuse to leave the
field when the referee `sin-binned` him and then saw red.
all fell apart after that with us pushing for the win but Shefford defending
well in front of their outfield replacement in goal.
finished 2-1 and there were plenty of positives – Zac Arnold giving another tremendous
performance in midfield to make it successive man of the match displays after
his excellent showing in the under-18s in midweek – and the solidity we showed
at the back without George Coleman.