Bees galliant effort against leaders
Braishfield continued their Testway league programme against last season’s league chamions and therefore knew they would be in for a tough examination.
The match started with Clatford pressing hard around the edge of the Bees penalty area but the defence, reunited after last week’s absence, of Sam Rowell, Charlie Taylor and Josh Uren quelled all attempts Clatford made and caught them offside on “numerous” occasions. Clatford at this stage were just moving and thinking just a little bit faster.
On 20mins Clatford eventually got a breakthrough the Bees so impressive iron defence and their forward ran through and slammed an un-saveable shot past Charlie “Cheese” Anderson. As is the way with this Bees team they started to play better football after they had gone behind and the midfield of Henry Brown, Matty Hill & Ethan Tanner began to forge out the clearer cut chances of the half with Ben Sparks going very close on two occasions unfortunately just dragging his efforts past the keeper’s far post.
After Joe Wright had to go off with an ankle injury the vastly improving Sam Haylock came into the defence and Charlie Taylor pushed into midfield and immediately created a chance for Matty Hill that just went wide. It was not all Bees though and Clatford were still creating good chances and Cheesy Anderson pulled off a couple of great one on one saves to keep the score to one at half time. HT (0-1)
The second half started in a very even manner with both defences on top and the offensives struggling to carve out any good chances. That was until a Clatford forward was clean through with only goalie Henry Brown to beat but as the forward was about to go around Brown he timed his hand swipe to perfection pushing the ball out for a corner and keeping the Bees in the match. Bees made two more changes with Hywel Jones coming on in midfield and Hughie Bishop slotting in up front for his home debut. After only two minutes of being on Bishop found himself on the edge of the visitors area after going past one man and was only thwarted from getting a shot off by a timely tackle from the Clatford central defender. With both teams visibly tiring and heavy rain intervening the match petered out into a honourable defeat and what was a vast improvement on previous meetings with the visitors. Although the Bees have only won one of their four games this season they have all been extremely close and the league is wide open still if the boys keep putting in the performances they have been producing. FT (0-1)
|11th October 2014||10:00 am||Under 11s Division 1||2014/2015|
|Braishfield Bees U11s||—|
|Upper Clatford Blues U11s||1|