On paper this seems a straight forward away win against a 2nd division team. For the most part, this would be correct as the game went to script.
The detail is slightly different as a well drilled Bottesford made things difficult for an Ellistown side who needed a kick up the backside at half-time to get them firing on all cylinders.
A game played in a strong wind started with a sloppy Ellistown unable to break down Bottesford who looked more likely to score and if they had the killer touch would have done.
Aaron Windram on 15 minutes settled everything down when a defensive error gave him the easy task of slotting home from 15 yards.
BFC 0-1 EFC 15 mins
The expected avalanche of goals or at least the players expected avalanche of goals never came and with a creaking defence not being able to cope with wind assisted balls over the top, Town knew they would have to dig in.
As you would expect with the gap in leagues, Town had enough skill players led by man of match River Hardy to unpick the Bottesford defence but needed the dependable Ollie Coe to protect the back four. You knew that Town should be able to step it up if Bottesford got back in the game. Only a couple of decent saves from Kelby Tyers ensured that was not the case.
As the game drifted to half-time, Owen Brader bagged his 1st goal for the club with a rasping 20 yard shot that was too hot for the goalie.
BFC 0-2 EFC 43 mins
Could Ellistown hold onto a 2-0 half-time lead. Read on as we answered that question in 5 seconds.
BFC 0-2 EFC HT
With the wind in our favour, yours truly instructed the team to shoot from the kick-off as we have a great change of scoring. The Ellistown fans who made up the majority of the crowd, shook their heads at the over excited club secretary.
Well the players listened and applied common sense, as on second 1 we kicked off, second 2, River played his 2nd 1 2 with our midfielder, second 3, River was on the edge of the penalty area, second 4 River burst through on goal. second 5 the ball was in the back of the net.
Yep, we had scored 5 seconds after restart. The half-time team talk worked.
BFC 0-3 EFC 45 mins and 5 secs
2 minutes later, Aaron Windram had his 2nd of the afternoon when he headed over the oncoming goalkeeper and walked the ball into the net.
BFC 0-4 EFC 47 mins
At this point, Bottesford could have collapsed, as Ellistown smelt blood but to their credit they regrouped and kept being a thorn in our defensive backside.
4 should have been 7 by the time a defensive error allowed Adam Grey to score from close range.
BFC 1-4 EFC 55 mins
A goal that Bottesford deserved but unlike Thursday when Town threw away a 2 goal lead, unless they scored a quick 2nd we had enough in the bag to see this game out. This is what we done and while Bottesford had chances to score the 2nd, Ellistown were guilty of missing some guilt edge chances. On 60 mins, the management team decided to protect players for Tuesday's game v Thurnby and give key minutes to Kai Smalley, Andy Reed and Owen Parker and change formation to a training game.
This change, kept Bottesford in the game but it also allowed Ellistown to play a more expansive tactic and the only surprise is that it stayed 1-4 until the 88th min when Captain, Leader and Legend Chris Nettle rolled back the years to score with a sweet half-volley
BFC 1-5 EFC 88 mins
That goal calmed any nerves and we relaxed and saw out the final 2 minutes without any trouble.
BFC 1-5 EFC 90 mins
Well done lads, this could have been a banana skin game and credit to Bottesford. They are my favourites to win Div 2 North and East.
Back to town, we look a force up front and have no issues scoring goals. With recent man of the match performances from Ollie Coe and River Hardy, the midfield have skill and brute force. We have pace on the wings through Callum Yorke, Arron Windram and Kai Smalley.
The defence still give you nightmares but what defence doesn't. We have 3 solid goalkeepers competing for the number 1 jersey and we know the defence will come good.
In brief, we are in good shape for what will be a physical battle on Tuesday away at Thurnby Rangers.
Enjoy your weekend lads and don't forget to pop in and see the Chairman at the "Main Within The Compass"