Everyone knew tonight was going to be a tough task against Beaumont Park who are a formidable force in grassroots football who play in not just our league but the Midlands floodlit league and the u21s league.
The first 30 minutes was all Beaumont as Shepshed stood back and let Beaumont play their game and found themselves down 2-0 but after the second goal they seemed to realise that they had a chance in this game and started to play their own style of football instead of just panicking, Shepshed had opportunities to pull the scores back with chances from Joe Pike and Jack Wilkins but to no avail, the defence of Ajay Ford and Brayden Barr did ok but it just didn't seem to work tonight as their understanding of each others movement wasn't there but no other options were on the bench.
Shepshed didn't roll over and gave themselves belief with them now attacking more and even though they let Beaumont Park have more space they were closing them down quicker, for all the pressure in the last 15 minutes it would be Beaumont who could have extended their lead but for two fantastic saves from Jack Elliott.
With Shepshed ending the first half much stronger changes were made to go more attacking in the second half with the introduction on debutant Ben Uylett up front and Joe Pike moving to the wing, the first 20 minutes was a massive improvement for Shepshed who struck the post when it looked like it would roll in and the follow up from Ulyett smashed off the crossbar, luck just wasn't on Shepsheds side tonight and it proved it as Beaumont went down the pitch and got their third to secure the 3 points, Shepshed made changes to give other players game time and Dylan Pole and Owen Wells were introduced whilst Luke Pinnick-Thornton and Jack Wilkins were rested, With Shepshed still pushing and Coby Alam, Matt Tomkins and Jordon Baugh chasing everything their heads had already dropped letting Beaumont score two easy goals to make the score 5-0 and it could have been more of it wasn't for the impressive Jude Kinch, the scoreline didn't reflect the game overall but Beaumont were worthy winners on the night.
Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives to take from the game like Ben Ulyetts introduction, Jordon Baughs and Joel Diggles return from injury, positive play from Matt Tomkins and overall better football as a team.
Next up is another tough fixture against Gresley FC who won their last fixture 13-0 against Coalville Town Ravens