Teversal Reserves went from elation to deflation at Clay Cross losing heavily to a decent outfit. With the first and reserves suffering from injuries and holidays our makeshift team for the day featured Craig Newton, Joe Geeson and James Travis who between them had done a total of two training sessions and zero competitive football since last season. With two outfield players on the bench following the late withdrawl of Mark Parkes and sixteen year old back up keeper Leon Turton. Despite the eventual score line Teversal played quite well and produced the odd bit of decent football.
The opening 10 minutes was well contested by both teams, Clay Cross earned the first corner kick of the game in the 10th minute and this was to be a sign of things to come the in swinging ball was not dealt with and was eventually blocked on the line and cleared to safety. So it proved five minutes later as Clay Cross took the lead as again mayhem from the in swinger before Parfitt scrambled the ball home for 1-0. Deja vu three minute later again the in swinger again not dealt with again pinball before the ball eventually ended up in the net via James Travis boot but Mitchell claimed the goal and 2-0.
Teversal's first real opportunity came in the 30th minute Craig Newton showed good composure and strength to find Gary Atkins who weighted a lovely ball for Jordan Black to run onto. Black showed good pace but as he pulled the trigger his effort was blocked well. Clay Cross extended their lead in the 35th minute as they attacked down their right, Travis who was struggling with the pace of the game was wrong footed and beaten on his outside the ball was stood up to the far post, again we were caught wanting and flat footed which allowed Mitchell a free header and 3-0.
Tevie had to replace Cameron Barke in the 39th minute with a twist on his ankle, this gave Leon Turton the young under 18's keeper his Reserve debut. In the dying minutes of the first half Teversal had a great chance to pull a goal back, Atkins found Cameron Pinnick wide out left the 16 year old turned inside his defender before delivering a lovely cross to the far post to find Ki Smith who unfortunately couldn't adjust his body to get any kind of decent contact on the ball with the net yearning.
Half Time 3-0
Conversation at half time involved defending corners better and switching on at all times when defending but otherwise to try and continue to play football the way we know we can. Change at half time Travis having given his all and totally knackered was replaced by Luke Hobson. Hobson was very unlucky to receive a yellow card in the 51st minute when tussling with Goodwin, Goodwin raised his arms and pushed Hobson over but they both received yellows. Teversal were well into the game at the beginning of the second half but as is the norm got caught with a sucker punch. Turton wanted a smidgen too much time with a back pass the ball was blocked and in attempting to get it back he shoved the attacker off the ball and definite penalty. Up stepped Scully to make the score 4-0.
Clay Cross nearly made it five in the 64th minute when Johnson smashed a 25 yard shot that came back off the cross bar. A minute later Teversal replaced Newton with the young legs of Kyle Pottage-Coleman. Clay Cross came close again in the 77th minute Greg Smith lost possession at the edge of the box Suter robbed the ball played it square to Brown who smashed over from close range. Teversal were still trying to go forward and Joe Geeson earned himself a half chance shooting left footed from around 20 yards out which Hopkins saved well down to his left.
Turton redeemed himself in the 81st minute when he pulled off a great save low down and showed strong enough hands to palm the ball away to safety. Teversal had their best chance of the game in the 83rd minute Hobson with a lovely ball through to the advancing Atkins who lifted it over the rushing keeper only to see it go wide of the post. Pottage-Coleman carried well a couple of minutes later before shooting tamely that Hopkins easily saved. With time almost up Teversal gave away a free kick just outside the box which Scully stepped up and put the ball just inside Turton's post to make the score 5-0.
Final Score: Clay Cross Town 5-0 Teversal Reserves
Difficult day for Teversal who defended poorly in the first half at set pieces but showed promise especially with the youngsters of Pinnick, Hobson, Turton and Pottage-Coleman. With players to come back future is rosy lets just hope theirs not too many ups and downs.
Man of the match for Teversal Jordan Black - never gave up held the ball up well gaining valuable possession back to the Jordan Black of last season.