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Sat 19
Ransomes Sports
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Benhall St. Mary
C Morley (1'), D Connick (52'), D Allen (94')
Uninspiring win for Ransomes

Uninspiring win for Ransomes

By Paul Deacon
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Ranspmes Sports 3 Benhall St. Mary 0


Ransomes Sports should have been heartened by the fact that they went ahead within a minute of this match when Franco Mallardo's flick on was picked up by Drew Connick. His contribution was to feed Connor Morley, and he curled a peach of a side foot into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Despite that early goal, Ransomes failed to control the game and when the home defence were caught out by a long ball, Callum Deacon was quickly off his line to deny Harper what looked like the equaliser. On 20 minutes, Harper again went close for the visitors when his dipping half volley narrowly flew wide as a rather sombre Ransomes were left crying out for inspiration.
Ransomes only created one further real moment of menace during am unusually subdued first half when Connor Morley was played in, but with only the keeper to beat, he shot straight at Garnham in the visitors goal.
There was much to encourage Benhall with the score at 1-0. They created problems for Ransomes who could not make a high press as long balls from the keeper to the visiting strikers prevented this - Ransomes style had been cramped and their high possession quotient did not translate into multiple chances.
Ransomes roused initially after the break and the second half began almost as it did in the first with Garnham fishing the ball out of his net once more on 52 minutes. A wayward pass forward was easily marshalled by a covering Benhall defender but as he dallied on the ball, this allowed Drew Connick to pick his pocket out on the left touchline and he accelerated into the area before firing his shot low beyond the advancing Garnham into the far corner.
Despite the energy a second goal brought, Ransomes still looked vulnerable in defence. With this, Benhall became reacquainted with the concept of hope and substitute Saunders should have reduced the deficit but pushed his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.
Ransomes rounded off the scoring in the fourth minute of time added on when they poked the ball around Benhall's penalty area after a period of sustained pressure, with Danny Allen eventually firing home through a crowded goalmouth. Overall however, Ransomes will be lamenting a passive performance - they played too slow and played with too many mistakes. When you don't play quick enough you put yourself under pressure and Benhall, to their credit, refused to be deflated against an oddly flat home side.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 19, Nov 2022

Kickoff

14:00

Attendance

38
Jon Ince

Star Player

Jon Ince