1st Team - Report
|MK Wanderers||1||vs||4||Baldock Town|
Reds cruise into the Anagram Records Trophy Final
Baldock cruised into the Cup Final of the Anagram Records Trophy with a measured display against their Spartan South Midlands League counterparts.
Baldock were just too strong for MK Wanderers and fully deserved to book their first Cup final appearance of the season, with a chance to book a second this Saturday against Metropolitan Police Bushey in the Aubrey Cup Semi-Final.
From the early exchanges in the game it was clear that Baldock were in the mood to make their mark early as both Ryan Aldrin and Louis Taylor went close inside the first ten minutes.
As the game progressed it became more of a case of Town trying to beat the linesman's flag as Wanderers played a high line offside trap that Baldock were frustratingly failing to conquer. They had plenty of possession, but just could not manage to time their pass and their runs to exploit the large space in behind the home defence.
Wanderers were also looking fairly dangerous themselves on the counter attack and troubled Town keeper Nick Stilwell on a couple of occasions. Just before the half hour mark though Baldock settled their nerves with a well-taken opening goal. Skipper Anthony Bowskill swung in a delightful free-kick from wide on the right and Gary Christie met it on the volley from 12 yards, nestling the ball into the bottom corner.
Just before half-time Ryan Aldrin made the score look a little more comfortable for Baldock as he raced on to a through ball from Michael Payne to double the lead and send in Town 2-0 up at half-time.
The second period was a bit of a non-event for 20 minutes as Baldock sat on their two-goal lead and Wanderers did not offer a lot in the way of a goal threat. This all changed though on 65 minutes when the hosts were awarded a dubious penalty which they slotted home, leaving a new complexion on the game with 25 minutes to go. This coincided with Town losing key centre-half Ben Lowden through injury and there was a five-minute spell for MK Wanderers where they sensed an unlikely equaliser.
This was soon quashed by Baldock though as they rode out their little rough spell and settled the game in the 74th minute. Taylor's pinpoint cross from the left found just on as a substitute Josh Furness at the far post and his lovely controlled header back across goal and into the net left the home goalkeeper with no chance.
With the game wrapped up Baldock went on the rampage in the final ten minutes, as Wanderers pushed forward looking for a goal. The Reds forward line had plenty of space and Aldrin, Derek Newton and Furness had opportunities well saved, before Louis Taylor showed the way with a well-taken goal three minutes from time.
Scott Grant's men now take on Spartan South Midlands League side Risborough Rangers on Sunday 20th May in the Final, to be held at The County Ground, Letchworth. Town will be hoping to make it a double trip to the County Ground for Cup finals with victory over Metropolitan Police Bushey this coming weekend at The Arena in Baldock, 3pm ko.
PLEASE COME ALONG & SUPPORT IF YOU CAN!!
Baldock: Stilwell, Bowskill, Haskins, Lowden(Rennie 64), N.Morgan, Payne, Taylor, Rogers, Aldrin, Christie(Furness 71), Newton Subs Not Used: Grant, S.Morgan