Wellingborough Town I A Bad Night All Round!
A Bad Night All Round!
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A Bad Night All Round!
Published - 13th Mar 20

....still seething the morning after the under-18`s 2-1 defeat at the Carlsberg Stadium against Biggleswade Town!


These days one is not allowed to openly criticise referees and must write a report if you mark them below a certain level.


Suffice to say that we have had to do that and that`s all I will say on here!


We suffered two blows with injury ruling out young midfielder Zach Arnold, who has been outstanding for us this season, and, yet again, striker Will Russell.


It meant a start for under-16 skipper George Coleman at centre-back after his lengthy spell on the sidelines, allowing Brady Stratford to move into Arnold`s midfield position, and a first start for new striker Charlie Whitchurch.


Biggleswade were a big, strong unit and the majority of the opening 25 minutes or so were a midfield slog on a now hard and bumpy pitch and a howling wind.


We coped well defensively with the long balls with Coleman, the again excellent Nat Allam, Oli Anderson and skipper Vikram Mazumdar solid in front of keeper Alfie Whitchurch.


So, it came completely out of the blue when the hosts took the lead on the half-hour mark from their first shot of the game albeit a very good one from the edge of the area.


We had a couple of close calls from corners but neither side created much in the opening period which was littered with unnecessary stoppages with no advantages being played, meaning no flow to the game.


Kicking downhill with the wind, we put Biggleswade under early pressure and Joe Hobson, on as a half-time sub for Mason Jackson to give us a little more attacking prowess as Mason is, by trade, normally a defender, was lively down the left and a couple of his early crosses caused problems for the home defence.


Little was seen of the Biggleswade attackers, with Stratford, Henry Langley and Adam Huber now winning their midfield battle but again, completely against the run of play, we went 2-0 down when a cross was allowed to come in and the home player rose highest to head past Alfie Whitchurch.


We then suffered the blow of losing George Coleman, yet again, this time to what looked like a serious ankle injury which he has fortunately not broken after being taken to hospital.


It was a genuine 50/50 challenge which both players went in hard for and unfortunately, our promising young defender will now miss more of what has been a miserable season for him personally due to injuries.


Shortly afterward, Huber raced into the box and was sandwiched by two Biggleswade defenders and brought down as clear a penalty as you`d wish to see.


But no, instead Huber was booked for his `disappointment` and literally seconds later went into an innocuous challenge in midfield and to everyone`s amazement was shown a second yellow card!

However, what happened to the `sin-bin`? We all assumed dissent was now a sin-bin offence?

That being the case, his second booking shouldn`t have led to a dismissal? 


Despite being down to ten-men, Charlie Whitchurch got on the end of a through ball from Langley to pull one back and soon after, Mazumdar had a golden opportunity to equalise following another Hobson cross but, despite it being on his favoured left foot, his shot crashed back off the crossbar.


Biggleswade were hanging on in the end and we had tried hard, but circumstances were against us on the night and to make matters worse, we had to make a big detour on the way home with the A1 being closed!


A bad night!



Alfie Whitchurch, Oli Anderson, Vikram Mazumdar, Brady Stratford, George Coleman, Nat Allam, Max Wynne, Henry Langley, Charlie Whitchurch, Adam Huber, Mason Jackson. Subs all used: Joe Hobson, Dan Bates, Alfie Bowdler.

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