BLABY & WHETSTONE 0-1 TEVERSAL
"Fortune Favours The Brave"
In an unwelcoming and hostile environment both on and off the pitch, Teversal showed true discipline to forge an unlikely three points from a Blaby & Whetstone Athletic side who went in to the game with a plan to intimidate their visitors. The host with the ill-disciplined and at times dangerous challenges was lucky to end the game with only four yellow cards when they could and probably and deserved three red cards. Instead Teversal’s card in an ill-tempered encounter was a sending off when Watson received a straight red for ensuring Lee Barratt didn’t cause further injury to Teversal Keeper Turton after the Blaby player stamped on the Teversal custodian with Barratt being one of three who should have had red card for his part.
The red card deflected from what was good a good game that the visitors settled into well with Wilkinson forcing Lunn into an excellent save in the early exchanges. The resulting corner saw the Tevie defender Fisher powerfully head marginally wide against the outside of the post. Blaby looked dangerous on the break with Bates crossing across the six yard box but Doughty was unable to keep up with his pacey strike partner to make the telling touch the cross deserved.
After the sending off of Watson on 30 minutes, Bates was denied two minutes later by a top draw save by Turton. Again the Tevie Keeper was the hero when from the resulting corner Lavin was denied by another stunning save.
On 42 minutes Bates should have received a straight red when he went in studs showing on Turton as the Keeper had gathered the ball, a yellow card was issued. To make matters worse a minute later Bates again overstepped the mark when he used excessive force with an outstretched arm into the face of Travis, a yellow card at least which meant he should have been sent off, but the Referee choice to have a word with the Striker and Captain rather than issue the deserved card.
The second half with the numerical advantage saw the host peppering the Teversal back line and within the first three minutes had two golden opportunities to take the lead, firstly Peden crossed into the six yard box with Bates effort from four yards under pressure from Travis saw the effort going high over the bar. If that miss was horrendous what followed fell in the same category when Bates this time was the provider of the cross again into the six yard but this time Tonge had no pressure on him as he fired even higher over the bar again from approximately four yards from goal.
Beyond those two early chances, the host failed to produce any clear cut chances with them coming up against a Teversal rearguard that would see them all putting in heroic performances. Lavin was the final Blaby player that deserved a red card for yet another unsavory elbow on Travis during an aerial challenge from a corner. Add that to the centre halves continued misconduct throughout the game only the Referee can explain how he managed to get through the game without a card. The challenge lead to Travis being stretched off with a muscle spasm in his neck.
Teversal was still looking to win the game with Wilkinson and Bamford looking to create something from the defensive efforts. On 88 minutes the visitors did get their reward and it was well worth the wait when Bamford picked up the ball out on the left to cut in to evade two attempts to hack him down before going passed Lavin to fire across Lunn and into the bottom corner to the delight of his team mates.
With nearly 15 minutes added on time, Blaby forced even more players forward, but with Teversal down to nine players as a 90th minute substitution was delayed for five minutes whilst Griffiths light pot on a hand injury required further padding as the host protested against the padding that was on and accepted by the officials prior to the game. But with the added players in a more attacking positions that still wasn’t enough to break down the resilient Teversal rearguard that simple earned their three points from a disciplined honest hardworking rearguard performance. Had Blaby concentrated on their football rather than wanting to turn the game into a slanging match, the outcome could have been far different and even make for a better experience for the paying spectators. On the day the home sides showing crossed the line of playing hard but fair and they received what they deserved from the game.
Next up for Teversal is a trip to Retford United for the Quarter Final tie in the Notts FA Saturday Senior Cup on Wednesday 10th January 2018 with a 7:45pm kick off. This is followed by a weekend off before another away trip to Birstall United for an East Midlands Counties League Premier Division fixture with a 3:00pm kick off on Saturday 20th January 2018.
BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC; Alan Lunn, Dan Marriott, Mitch Warner, Keaton Towers, Ross Lavin, Kai Tonge, Lee Barratt (Tom Hill 51), Adam Parry, Rikki Bates (Jack Toone 80), Leon Doughty, Kane Peden (Toby Warner 55). Subs Not Used; Dan Henfrey, Joseph Latham.
TEVERSAL; Josh Turton, Aaron Pride, James Travis (Tom Laister 70), Luke Fisher, Jason Gregory, Brad Cox, Matt Wilkinson, Brett Watson, Danny Fletcher (Gary Atkins 80), Dave Cockerill, Kurt Bamford (Jack Griffith 90). Subs Not Used; Danny Bacon, Luke Bacon,.
REFEREE; Gary Lord ATTENDANCE; 30
MAN OF MATCH; Blaby & Whetstone: Adam Parry. Teversal: Josh Turton.
YELLOW CARDS; Blaby & Whetstone: Dan Marriott, Keaton Towers, Lee Barratt, Rikki Bates. Teversal: None.
RED CARDS; Blaby & Whetstone: None. Teversal: Brett Watson.