Tuesday saw the Reserves in midweek derby action against local rivals Ashland Rovers.
With changes being made to the squad for a number of reasons including Craig Newton being called up for 1st team duties. The team welcomed Elliot Caudwell, Jake Allen, Brad Hall, and Gavin Nelson to the squad.
The Ressies started well in the initial stages of the game playing some reasonable football and getting some shots of from distance.
As the 10 to 15 minutes mark approached Ashland began to find some success of their own on putting the Ressies under pressure. However Ashland failed to get any significant strike on target with Keeper Alex Buttery not called into action to make a save at all during this period.
The Ressies did play some good counter attacking football in this stage of the game leading to Brad Hall getting down the left wing and delivering a sublime cross for Keiran Starbuck to head home on the 30 minute mark.
This seemed to settle the Ressies and they gained more composure and took a 1-0 lead into half comfortably.
The only disappointment for the Ressies, was that we didn’t actually go into the half time 2-0 up when the Ashland Rovers keeper misjudged a long ball that bounced over him and Starbuck managed to get onto it but could finish the opportunity.
Ha;f time : Teversal FC Res 1 - 0 Ashland Rovers.
Second half started with Ashland coming out strong and Brad Newby continuing to be the biggest threat to the Ressies. Newby got on the score sheet in the 50th minute with a stunning finish after beating the defender, then lifting the ball over Alex Buttery into the far post.
Ashland Rovers continued to press us in the following minutes until we managed to get ourselves into the game which became stretched and end to end.
The Ressies managed to work into some really good positions but failed to make them count in the final third.
Ashland Rovers did manage to strike the top of the cross bar with a looping attempt at goal that was never a threat at finding the back of the net.
The Ressies defence where superb throughout the game and other than a moment of brilliance from Newby the defence never looked like being breached, with Buttery not having to make a save of note throughout the game.
It was not to be for either side and an entertaining 1-1 draw was played out.
This reflected a fair result in a well competed local Derby that was played in the right spirit.
Full Time : Teversal FC Res 1 - 1 Ashland Rovers.
Ressies MOM - Brad Hall