Reserves fire on all cylinders in 2nd half
The Reserve team recorded another fight back in the League maintaining their unbeaten form v Wallingford Town FC
After last weeks disappointing result v Stokenchurch the Reserves were at Home only for the second time this season in the league and stay unbeaten.
With Tom Swindlehurst (Away), Cian Banert and Chris Green (injured), Marcus Waterhouse (working) and Jack Bradford called up to the 1st team.
Andy brought in Matt Hearn into left back, Tomsy, Nick and Liam back starting plus Alex Hockley and Curtis Woodroffe back in the squad.
We started well in a 4-4-1-1 formation against a much changed Wallingford but found ourselves 0-1 down after only 6 mins when their midfielder had time and space to shoot from the edge of the box and over Simmo in goal to take the lead.
The left winger for the away team was a danger when given the ball but we cancelled that out by switching Dan Deakin out to the right side with his own pace.
To be honest Wallingford deserved to be leading at half time.
We again discussed how we could turn this game around and straight away the team worked harder and communicated more positively which soon drew us level when Ben Jenkins reacted quickest to a dropped save from the keeper to slot home on 48 minutes.
Then nearly immediately after on 51 minutes we were firing on all cylinders when a long ball was only parried by the keeper and Matt Hatt pounced to slam the ball home from close range.
This really rocked the away team and on 70 minutes after a late challenge on the impressive Don Fundira we were awarded a free kick out on the left of the area and up stepped Dan Deakins to fire a rocket of a strike over the wall and smashing off the crossbar into the back of the net.
In between we brought on Rhys Merriman, Curtis Woodroffe and Alex Hockley to freshen things up and they all played their part.
We should’ve extended our lead when Matt Hatt blazed over from close range but we only conceded in the 90 minute but had done the hard work prior to earn a 4th win in our last 5 league games to move up the table a few places.
Man of the Match Don Fundira worked hard out wide and always a danger.
Andy quoted after “ I asked for a response at half time from the lads and they did just that far more competitive and communication throughout the team increased the pace which we could maintain to the end”.