20 Nov 2019 in Match Reports
Town slip to a narrow defeat
Michael Clarke’s first half own goal was enough to send Vauxhall Motors home with all three points from Ericstan Park.
A game that never truly lived up to its billing, summarised by the manner of the winning goal. Scrappy.
Just prior to the 20-minute mark, Matty Roberts delayed on the ball allowing Brandon to nip in and square across the face, deflecting over the line off a desperately back-tracking Clarke.
Towards the end of the half, Town saw a strong penalty claim waved away by the official as Will Shawcross appeared to be felled by a hefty two footed lunge in the area. As you were.
Despite a few half chances for either the side, the game struggled to establish any sort of rhythm, not aided by innocuous freekicks being conceded by both teams. This style seemed to suit the visitors as they held out stoutly- stubbornly not allowing Town any room for manoeuvre.
Defensively, the opposition were superb, cemented by the fact that they are the only team in all competitions this season to keep a clean sheet against Town which is an impressive feat considering the goal-scoring prowess we’ve boasted in recent weeks.
An unsavoury footballing spectacle came to an equally lacking end as Callum Jakovlevs was sent marching in additional time for bringing down Noon who had the freedom of the Blue’s half as everyone had pushed up for a last gasp corner.
Every cloud has a silver lining and it was encouraging to see Steven Yarwood return from injury, despite one of his first assignments being to throw on the goalkeeping jersey and gloves for the final few minutes.
Town have been plagued by injury in recent weeks, and the events of Saturday appeared to have taken its toll both mentally and physically.
However, if we know anything about this side, it’s their ability to fight and overcome challenges in the face of adversity.
Kinsey: “Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say the opposition was better on the night. I think we lacked ideas and we looked tired in stages.
“I think both of our defensive records show why they are as good as they are. I don’t think either team looked like scoring all night. We’ve had a mistake, they’ve crossed it and it’s gone in off Clarkey. These things happen. It’s unfortunate but we need to brush it off and go again next Tuesday.
“There will be a few changes on Saturday in the cup against Cheadle Nomads. Our hands are tied at the minute because of the amount of injuries we have. We keep saying we don’t want to bring any more players in but due to the injury list, we’ve not got much choice other than to go and bring in one or two more.
“We lacked ideas in the final third last night so we will look to address that at training on Thursday.”