1st Team - Report
Baldock Close Gap
Baldock moved to within a point of, league leaders, Met Police with a well deserved 2-0 win away at Hinton. A Kane Dougherty goal and Anthony Bowskill’s penalty were enough to take the points from the reigning Premier Division Champions.
Hinton seemed to return to the field of play fired up after a dressing down at half-time, constantly looking a threat from set-pieces thanks to their strength in the air. Credit had to be given to Stilwell and the Baldock defence though as they kept them at bay at each time of asking, and it was the away side who created the better chances as the half wore on. Louis Taylor was unlucky to see his powerful drive palmed away by the goalkeeper, and Dougherty and Bowskill each had a couple of efforts from outside the area which were well saved. Baldock thought they finally had their third, but Scott Rennie’s header from a Dougherty free-kick was ruled out by a marginal offside decision. By this time there was some strong challenges being put in by Hinton as they became frustrated and Taylor was booked for his reaction to being on the receiving end of one such tackle. The introduction of Derek Newton caused the home defence further problems and, after spurning one good chance when sent clear, he finished impressively only to see his effort chalked off once again for offside. Overall an excellent display away at a notoriously tough place to travel, Baldock will be returning to Hinton this weekend to attempt a repeat performance in the Aubrey Cup.