bowers show they are top of table
as improved town performance lose 3.0
Witham Town suffered their third successive defeat in a difficult fixture against the league leaders. Despite the scoreline, it was an improved performance against a Bowers side that had won nine and drawn three of their twelve home matches. Witham’s confidence has been dented recently but they made a solid opening and gave as good as they got in the early stages.
15 minutes into the match a good move by the home side resulted in a shot on target by Lewis Clark that was saved by Luca Collins
just under the crossbar. Shortly afterwards a long free-kick by kevin coyle
on the touchline just inside the Witham half found Sam Owusu
, who shot straight at goalkeeper Andrew Wilton.
There was not much between the sides but Bowers gradually took the initiative. Bradley Warner was proving a handful on the left. He went on a mazy run and his shot was saved by Collins, as Bowers launched a series of attacks.
David Knight missed a glorious chance to open the scoring for Bowers in the 18th minute but headed wide after a good run and cross by Quentin Monville on the right. Witham managed a few sporadic attacking raids but were on the back foot and the defence was under pressure. Lewis Manor mishit a shot which Collins saved and within a minute he went close from a narrow angle.
In the 25th minutes the pressure told as Knight scored for Bowers with a looping header after a cross from the left.
Ayo Odukoya went close for the visitors but it took a timely interception from Coyle at the other end to foil run by Manor.
Witham mounted some dangerous attacks towards the end of the first half. Toby Aromolaran shot over and Johnny Ashman
lost his footing in a good position after a clever feint by Ayo Odukoya.Witham had every reason to be aggrieved in the 38th minute when Pat Ahern was injured by a late and dangerous-looking challenge by Manor which looked worthy of a red card but only attracted a yellow. Following a prolonged delay for treatment, Ahern received a yellow card for protesting. He was unable to resume for the second half.
The visitors started the second half brightly with a good shot by Aromolaran that went wide and the same player troubled the home defence with a good run. Collins made an excellent double save at the expense of a corner, but Witham were looking dangerous on the break.
It was Witham’s best spell of the match. Ashman was dangerous on the flank and several times he delivered low crosses into the goalmouth but the home defence dealt with them.
After a good shot by Aromolaran went close again, kevin coyle
’s run down the left and the resulting shot was scrambled away by Wilton. luke foster
lost the ball in an attacking position and Knight scored the second goal from the subsequent breakaway in the 63rd minute. It was hard on the visitors who had nearly levelled the score but left themselves open at the back.
Witham kept going and Ashman worked tirelessly on the left but the lack of an attacking cutting edge meant that he lacked the support that he deserved. Monville added a third goal in the 73rd minute to complete the visctory.
For much of the game it had not looked like a contest between the league leaders and a team near the bottom of the table. Witham matched their opponents for long periods but ultimately came up short against a confident side with too much fire-power.