BRADLEY STOKE TOWN FC

BRADLEY STOKE TOWN FC

A Team their own worst enemy

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Ineffectiveness at both ends as Hornets are well beaten

For the final match of a tough debut season, Craig Tucker’s men set off in a convoy of cars for a third away match in succession. As on a few occasions this term pre match preparation was at minimum due to a slightly “scenic” route being taken.

With a strong squad in place, Tucker’s men lined up against a Nicholas Wanderers side vastly different and considerably more youthful than the one they narrowly lost to earlier in the season.

The home side started brightly and it took a couple of close calls before the Hornets woke up and started to play some football.

In a first half that was always going to be difficult due to playing into the wind up the slope, the A Team didn’t help their cause by gifting the home side the first goal of the game. A “firm” back pass from Phil Ashton, was missed by keeper Mike Fletcher and he watched in agony as the ball headed into the net. Due to the recent inclement weather the ball stopped unexpectedly on the goal line. The attacker reacted quickest for the easiest goal he’ll ever score, thus denying Ashton a first own goal for the season.

Whilst the A’s continued to play some nice football they never really created any clear cut openings before the home side made it two nil when Ashton’s clearance cannoned off an attacker to loop over a stranded Fletcher.

Sensing all was not lost, the A Team pressed forward in search of a way back into the game. They should have reduced arrears when Graeme Marshall found himself in on goal, he had the option to shoot himself, but unselfishly passed to strike partner Andy Hurrell who fired wide. The home side’s keeper was forced into a decent save before the half time whistle blew with the Hornets arguably the better side.

At the half time break the A Team found themselves in a position they had been in on numerous occasions this season, two goals down, but still well in the game. The next goal was always going to be crucial and sadly the home side got it early in the half when the Hornets failed to clear a corner.

The away side had a great chance to immediately reduce arrears, when following some good football on their right had side Jeremy Techer cut the ball back superbly to the on rushing Marshall who shanked the ball over using his right shin.

Marshall who had taken a knock on the back of his ankle in the first half was withdrawn shortly after as Tucker made use of all of his subs to try and get back into the game. In the end it was all in vain as the home side added a further three goals to give the score line a flattering look. Kev Gray scored a late consolation when his bullet header crashed off the bar he was first to react to scramble home.

Man of the Match: Craig Tucker – after weeks of putting himself forward it’s only right he got it at least once!

On a serious note, thanks must go to Craig for taking on the role of A Team manager this season. It’s been a long, tough and frustrating at times season but most of all enjoyable season and a lot of that is down to Mr T.

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