TOWN IN TOP CLASS PERFORMANCE
With a Jake Eyre brace and a Josh Davies late goal, Denbigh made a strong statement to the league that they are real title contenders against a highly rated Airbus Broughton team
The win keeps Denbigh in third position, now only a point behind Airbus and with a game in hand.
On a cold November evening the large crowd at Central Park were entertained to a first class game of football with Denbigh’s second half performance giving them the three points.
Airbus were forced to make a late change to their team when their top goalscorer Alfons Fosu-Mensah was forced to drop to the bench during the warm up and Liam Schofield took his place. Schofield made an immediate impact on the game, when he was on the end of a cross from Leo Riley to fire past Hill-Dunt in Denbigh’s goal from six yards after six minutes.
Denbigh responded well and Josh Davies was a constant threat up front. A storming run by him from the half way line saw him fouled. From Joe Culshaw’s free kick Airbus were able to clear as the game moved into an even encounter. Denbigh’s Kristian Pierce had several long shots but none of these troubled Andy Coughlin in the Airbus goal. Pierce has just returned from suspension and he picked up a needless yellow card for diving midway through the first half.
The tempo of Denbigh’s play had Airbus on the back foot as the game moved towards half time, but they themselves were dangerous at times with Oliver Lanceley and Leo Riley both having good chances for Airbus to double their lead.
The first few minutes of the second half saw referee Mike Gray turning down calls from Airbus for a penalty after their forward fell after being challenged by Dan Sullivan, but play was waved on, much to the dismay of the Airbus followers.
Josh Davies then had a great opportunity to equalise for Town but his close range shot was blasted over the bar.
Denbigh’s manager Eddie Maurice-Jones introduced Matt Cook for Warren Duckett and shortly after Jake Eyre replaced Andrew Swarbrick. Eyre was to be a game changer as within minutes of him coming on he was on the end of a ball from the touchline by Davies to fire in and equalise on 62 minutes.
By now Denbigh were taking control of the game with their fitness shining through. Fans favourite Craig Pritchard was involved in everything along with Gareth Partridge as they took the game to Airbus and spread the ball around the pitch.
Eyre almost got his second after a long ball by Hill-Dunt was flicked into his path by Davies’ head but keeper Coughlin saved well under pressure.
On 73 minutes came the decisive moment when some great team play saw Pritchard sending a ball onto Rakim Newton down the right wing. He found Davies who crossed once again to find Eyre in the right place to tap in from close range. A well worked team goal.
Airbus responded with some long range shots which Hill-Dunt dealt with comfortably. When they did attempt to break Denbigh’s defence, Dan Sullivan and Ben Nash made some great well timed tackles to keep Town’s slender lead.
Eyre, an ex Airbus player, was looking for his hat trick and he was unlucky as he cut in from the right wing only for Coughlin to save with his feet and clear.
As the game moved into its later stages it was Davies who wrapped the game up for Town with a superb individual goal. A Gareth Partridge ball found him just inside the Airbus half and he ran with pace and control into the area and fired in Denbigh’s third.
Airbus had nothing to respond with and Denbigh comfortably played the game out. Maurice-Jones and his coaching staff deserve credit for their game plan with every player involved in an excellent result.
The team spirit is high as they move onto their next game at home against Caersws on Saturday 25th November , kick off 2.30pm
Jon Hill-Dunt, Rakim Newton, Joe Culshaw, Dan Sullivan, Ben Nash (Capt), Gareth Partridge, Kristian Pierce, Warren Duckett, Andrew Swarbrick, Josh Davies, Craig Pritchard. Subs: Jake Eyre, Nathan Williams, Matty Cook, Gruff Jones
Andy Coughlin, Wes Baynes, Stef Edwards, Steve Tomassen(Capt), Jay Crowther, Kristian Platt, Mark Jones, Oliver Lanceley,Liam Schofield,Leo Riley, Pavel Viera. Subs : Bailey Jackson, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Luke Busumbru, Antonio Sarnowski, Blake Robinson
Referee – Mike Gray
Assistant – Glenn Gray
Assistant – Nathan Wheatley
Attendance - 250