Teversal Reserves got the season off with a hard fought win against a spirited Underwood Villa side. New signings Kyle Bacon and Ashley Bonnar both started the games with the Danny Barke on the bench.
Both teams looked to take the initiative in what was a competitive start to the game. The first half chance went to Villa but didn't trouble Cam Barke in the Tevvie goal. Teversal responded with Joe Fox and his customary pace ghosting past the defender before delivering a cross to the far post which Danny O'Donnell headed back across goal, Villa cleared before Jordan Black could get on the end of it. Villa had the first shot on target from distance Joe Wright's effort was easily saved by Barke.
Gary Atkins turned well in the box on 22 minutes but his shot went just wide of the post. Fox tried another customary burst of speed seconds later which resulted in him pulling a muscle resulting in him being replaced by Kyle Pottage-Coleman. Two minutes later Atkins was the provider to O'Donnell whose shot was on target but well saved by Shipley in the Villa goal. It was Atkins again in the 25th minute wrong footing the defense with a nice turn only to again shoot over the goal.
We had our first taste of the Sin Bin in the 32nd minute. Jordan Black tussled with the Villa No.3 Roome, the referee adjudged a foul on Black both players squared up and Roome raised his arms and forcibly pushed Black over. Referee Seward was going to book Roome but upon Roome giving him some verbal he gave a 10 min Sin Bin. Funny one this surely in my opinion shouldn't he have given him either a yellow/red? for the offence then a further yellow/sin bin card for the verbals? I'm sure we will have lots of debates about the Sin Bin as we go through the season.
Tevie tried to break through with Villa down to 10 men. In the 36th minute Pete Roberts burst forwards before pulling the ball back to Atkins whose first time effort was parried behind by Shipley. With a minute remaining in the first half James Summers used his pace to great effect before putting over a dangerous cross which Villa cleared for a corner, the resultant kick was taken by O'Donnell his in swinging effort seemed to hold up in the wind and strike the Villa post before rebounding to safety.
Half Time 0-0
No changes at half time as Teversal looked to go in search of the breakthrough with instructions to be patient and keep trying to plat football. O'Donnell picked up a yellow card for a rash challenge in the 49th minute. Teversal had lots of possession without creating clear cut chances but in the 58th minute Villa were reduced to 10 men. Pottage-Coleman went in for the ball the Villa No5. Gooch lunged in committed went over the ball took Kyle's knee out and was given a straight red. Worrying times for the under 18's player as hes's broken the same leg before we can only hope there's no lasting damage. The game resumed after a 9 minute delay when another youngster Cameron Pinnick replaced Pottage-Coleman for his reserve team debut effectively in the 67th minute.
Teversal tried to make the extra man pay and eventually took the lead in the 76th minute. O'Donnell played a short free kick into Black's feet wide in the Villa penalty area, Roome who just loves a reckless challenge brought Black down as he turned and the ref had no doubts penalty. Up stepped Black and with no hesitation sent the keeper the wrong way for 1-0.
Teversal changed Ki Smith with Jake Allen in the 89th minute but despite good possession still couldn't extend the lead. With a last break Villa earned a corner in the dying minutes, the big keeper came forward the ball was played in then absolute mayhem when Barke made at least one great save and the tevie boys threw there bodies in to block every half chance until the ball was cleared and the ref blew for full time.
Final Score 1-0
All in all a good result Villa were definitely a much improved side from last season and it just goes to show you need to kill games off. Some good performances today from the lads. Man of the match for Teversal Ashley Bonnar who gave an assured performance at center back good to have him back.