week at the Dog & Duck on a terrific pitch for January, we hosted Biggleswade
Town for only our FOURTH league game of the season to date!
didn`t know what to expect from a team new to the league this season.
day didn`t start well with the news that Will Russell, who scored his first
goal for the senior side on Tuesday night, had a recurrence of his ankle injury
playing for his Northampton Town FEP side against Crystal Palace on Wednesday
and would miss the game.
late on, Joe Hobson pulled out due to being ill and taken to hospital as a
precaution (he`s fine now and on antibiotics).
his loss also meant we couldn`t get striker Eman Kyeremeh from Corby in time,
so from having left players out of the squad on rotation, I was down to 14.
apart from Will Russell, the starting XI was virtually the same that won so
impressively at Netherton, with Jack Cawkill-Robins coming in for Joe Hobson on
the left side of midfield.
his pace caused Biggleswade problems early on, although they pinned us back for
the opening 20 minutes or so and restricted us to breakaways.
Waders hit the bar and the increasingly impressive Alfie Whitchurch in goal
made a couple of good saves – one excellent one low to his right – but we also
defended well with under-16 centre-backs Brady Stratford and Nat Allam performing
well along with full backs Oli Anderson and Vikram Mazumdar.
be fair, I was grateful to go into the break all-square as we had been far from
more experienced two in midfield, Henry Langley, who scored a hat-trick last
week, and new signing Adam Huber, struggled to make an impression but once
again young Zac Arnold alongside them had a fine game.
second half was a different story.
only cliché of a `game of two halves` could definitely be used as we were
almost as dominant in the second half as the Waders had been in the first.
we took the lead after 53 minutes with a cracking individual effort from Max
Wynne, who cut in and hit a screamer which went in off the far post.
Taylor, Cam Clifford and another new signing, Dan Bates, came on and we began
to take a grip on the game.
visitors though were always dangerous on the break and in one of those Alfie
Whitchurch produced a terrific `David De Gea` type save with his outstretched leg
to keep us 1-0 ahead.
we doubled our lead and again it was young Max Wynne.
Bates had a great run down the right and crossed. Taylor`s initial effort was blocked
but Wynne picked up the loose ball and fired home.
visitors rarely threatened to make a comeback and we played better as the game
went on and we were more relaxed.
three points but a difficult game at Cogenhoe next week.