BSTFC Reserves vs Bendix
By Darren Williams
Game of two Halves!
On a dark and windy/wet Saturday afternoon the Reserves traveled to Lees Hill with the hopes of taking a point (or more) off the league leaders and unbeaten Bendix.
Here is how the Reserves lined up:-
Potter (J), Williams, Amin, Gosling, Collis-Pritchard, Whiting, Cornock, Dawes, Young, Platts and Hussain with Dyla, Pooley and Pearce on the bench.
The hornets started off on the front foot and were looking the more likely to cause problems. Bendix appeared to be having an off day with passes going astray and failing to create any good chances well into the first halve.
The best initial chance fell to Hussain after being played in by Williams he was closed down well by the keeper and couldn't get his shot on target.
The next notable incident involved Platts when he found himself closing down a poor back pass to the keeper and he had a big collision with the keeper and the reserves appealed for a penalty but it wasn't given by the referee. The keeper didn't look like he would be able to continue after coming off worse from the collision but after an extended stoppage he was able to continue.
We continued to play well with Hussain holding the ball up well and wingers Whiting and Young were trying to get down the wings and provide support to Hussain.
Dawes was providing some good balls into the box from set pieces and Cornock was also working hard to limit the threat through the middle from Bendix.
The BSTFC defence had coped well so far with Bendix although Potter had to make a cracking save as he pushed a shot onto the post to keep it level.
Half time came and the Hornets could sense they were right in the game and were the better team in the first halve. Burchy didnt make any changes and asked his players to keep playing how they had been so far.
The game was nip and tuck shortly after half time however the deadlock was broken around 10 minutes into the 2nd Halve. A corner was delivered into the box and the Bendix striker got away from his man and headed powerfully from close range.
The hornets felt pretty hard done by after putting in a great account of themselves to this point but sadly it was soon to be 2-0 and it occurred in somewhat unfortunate circumstances as Cornock was found by the referee to have handled the ball in the box despite his arm being by his side. The Bendix striker scored the penalty despite a good effort from Potter who guessed the right way but it was just out his reach.
At this point unfortunately the Hornets heads dropped and we started to drift out of the game and struggled to keep the ball and create anything meaningful. Burchy brought Dyla and Pooley on to help us go in search of getting some goals back. It almost paid off as somehow after several efforts on goal from Young and Platts on a ball into the box somehow the ball stayed out of the goal.
Pooley was unlucky as a mazy run from him ended in him being brought down in the box but no penalty was given.
The third goal was one of those unfortunate ones that sometimes happens to a keeper as Potter would have normally gathered the ball but it went into the goal after a cross came into the box.
Pearce came on for Collis-Pritchard and then it was soon four as another header from a corner was initially saved well by Potter but it looped up and was finished by the unmarked opposition winger.
The game then finished 4-0.
It really was a game of two halves. BSTFC dominated the first Halve and could consider themselves unlucky not to go in a goal or two up however the second halve belonged to Bendix and credit to them for eventually scoring four however it seemed a much closer game than the scoreline would suggest.
Burchy was keen to say afterwards in a dejected changing room that we need to up our overall performance if we are to win against Frampton next week but was keen to draw on the fact that there was some good play from the Reserves particularly in the first Halve.
Platts was awarded another MOTM performance after he really worked hard again for the team.