BSTFC Reserves vs Lawrence Rovers
By Darren Williams
Hornets back to winning ways
After a very disappointing day last weekend against Chipping Sodbury A manager Burch was back in charge and he was keen to put last week behind us and for the reserves to play as a team and put last week right.
It was familiar opponents for the Reserves as last years division three champions Lawrence Rovers welcomed us to Long Cross on what must be the biggest pitch in Bristol.
Here is how the reserves lined up:-
Potter (J), Williams (D), Amin, Hobbs, Williams (J), Sykes, Cornock, Dawes, Whiting, Platts and Hussain with Moore, Johnson and Thickett on the bench.
The reserves started brightly and were using the big pitch to their advantage, trying to get the ball wide to Sykes and Whiting.
The reserves were gifted the opener when the left back played back towards the keeper putting the ball straight into the path of Hussain who rounded the keeper as he was still shouting at the left back and slotted home.
It was just the start the reserves wanted. In another new centre back pairing Hobbs was alongside Amin and they were playing well keeping chances to a minimum. Cornock and Dawes were also beginning to have a big influence from midfield and they were both composed on the ball looking to play in Platts and Hussain.
It was very nearly two nil to BSTFC when Sykes but a pearler low into the box but somehow Whiting was unable to turn the ball goalwards. Sykes was starting to struggle with a tight hamstring so he made way for Moore who went out wide right.
Half time came and the reserves were playing some nice football and deserved their lead but they knew the next goal was crucial. Dawes made way for Johnson who came into the centre of midfield.
Johnson was straight into action and causing problems for Lawrence Rovers with his skill and pace.
Williams (J) got onto the ball and made a surging run forwards taking it past most of the opposition, the ball then came in from a wide area and Platts appeared to trip when the goal was gaping however the referee had spotted a trip and awarded the penalty. Hussain made no mistake to put the Hornets 2-0 up. The opposition keeper was then booked for an argument with the referee.
BSTFC continued to play good football and were looking comfortable however when Williams (D) lost his position for a moment the striker got space for a shot and fired a very nice shot into the bottom corner which Potter (J) who had been largely untroubled to this point could do nothing about.
It was starting to look like it could be a nervy finish to the game with the Hornets holding on to their lead.
Platts made way for Thickett who came on to Bolster the defence and he was doing well but sadly it was another short appearence for Thickett who had another injury to his knee again. We wish you a speedy recovery Thickett!
Dawes came back on for the injured Thickett.
Some good link up play down the left through Whiting and Cornock was then finished at the near post by Moore with a neat finish after Cornock did really well to present Moore with a goal scoring opportunity.
3-1 at full time to BSTFC, a cracking win against a team who did the double on us last season.
It was sure to be a tough decision for Burch to pick a MOTM after a much improved display from the whole team. It was great to bounce back from the disappointment of last week.
Nobody could disagree with his decision though, Cornock was awarded MOTM after a fine display on a gruelling pitch! Defensively assured, linking play and creating the chance to close off the game, well done Cornock!
Sea Mills next week, COYH!