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Knebworth Reserves
Bovingdon res
Sat 29 Apr 15:00 - League Full time

Bovingdon beat Reserves

Knebworth blown away in second half by clinical finishing

The first half was a close affair with early chances for Charlie Wheeler but Bovingdon finally broke the deadlock shortly before half time when Joe Slade benefited from a mis-hit pass.

Bovingdon gave a clinical performance in the second half to finish 6-0, a scoreline that flatters.

Naomi Sleator reports

A 6-0 drubbing was a hard lesson to bear when Knebworth FC Reserves faced champions elect Bovingdon FC for their last home game of the season at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Just one bad back pass was all it took to open the floodgates, ending what had until then been stubborn Knebworth resistance.

The error, handing Bovingdon’s Joe Slade the opener on a plate, was a confidence breaker, setting the scene for worse to come.

Nevertheless, the outcome could have been different . For 30, hard- fought minutes, Knebworth had not only successfully kept the away side at bay, but had created good chances up front with Charlie Wheeler coming close.

But for the last fifteen minutes of the first half, Bovingdon seemed to set up camp in front of Knebworth’s goal area, placing the home team under siege. With Knebworth unable to break out, nerves frayed, and when the inevitable mistake occurred, few were surprised.

With Knebworth giving the ball away too often, and a defence allowing Bovingdon players lots of time to dictate the game, a second goal was always on the cards. It was quickly followed by a third, and then a forth, tearing Knebworth’s ability to resist to shreds. As the Knebworth players’ heads dropped, the fifth and a sixth goals merely rubbed salt into the wound.

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