BSTFC Reserves vs Tormarton
By Darren Williams
The hornets knew the importance in this fixture against Tormarton with Tormarton hot on their heels in the league. If the Hornets were to push for a back to back promotion then winning this game would be a massive boost.
Here is how the Hornets lined up:-
Walsh, Williams, Gosling, Amin, Collis-Pritchard, Sykes, Whiting, Cornock, Dawes, Platts and Husain with Moore, Pearce and Hobbs on the bench.
The pitch was in pretty good shape considering the weather of the past few weeks. We kicked down the slope in the first half.
Both teams were cancelling each other out early on with Tormarton playing what appeared to be three up front as one of the wingers joined in with several attacks.
It was a bad start for the Hornets as Amin brought down the striker in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. The striker made no mistake slotting to the left of Walsh.
Things were soon even worse after Dawes and Williams came inside to break up an attack but Tormarton cleverly played in a free player down the right who struck the goal of the game which went in off the bar, nothing Walsh could have done about that strike.
The Hornets responded though and Whiting grabbed a goal back with a lovely lofted effort after Hussain found Whiting in the box.
The hornets were then surging forward in hope of an equaliser and came close when Hussain struck the bar.
Tormarton continued to take the attack to the hornets and sadly it was from a corner where the third goal was scored as the ball into the box was not dealt with by the defence and the striker had an easy finish from close range.
Half time came and Burch was keen to stress that we hadn’t done ourselves any favours and we needed to improve. Burch brought Amin off for Hobbs in a defensive change.
Chances were few and far between as the Hornets were not quite getting in behind Tormartons defence. Sykes was continuing to try and press down the right but the ball wasn’t finding him enough. Whiting continued to impress down the left but Hussain and Platts couldn’t find any openings.
Dawes and Cornock continued to battle in the middle and look to push as forwards when possible.
Moore came on for Platts and Pearce came on for Collis-Pritchard.
Unfortunately the fourth goal for Tormarton was similar to the third in that a corner caused havoc again with Walsh and the defenders not being able to clear.
The hornets tried to stay positive and push forwards but the final score was 4-1 to Tormarton.
A massively disappointing result for the reserves and it was a bad day all round but we know now that we need to perform better in the coming fixtures if we are to stay in the mix near the top of the table.
Burch awarded Whiting the MOTM after a brilliant display from the winger, both creating chances and taking his chance to score a neat goal. Well done Russ! Burch also wanted to mention that Cornock was a close choice for MOTM too.
We play Old Sodbury on Saturday where we must bounce back.