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First team report
Tue 8th Nov 2016
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
F C Broxbourne Borough 0-1 TAFC First team TAFC goals: Jack Seaton
Athletic bounced back from last Saturdays disappointing result to triumph over a very good Broxbourne Borough side. Borough certainly showed that with the players they have they will greatly improve their league position. Athletic defended magnificently, took their chance and had keeper and man of the match, Jack Hopwood, to thank for pulling off some fantastic saves.
As early as the 2nd minute Boroughs Yami Buraimoh jinked through before laying the ball back but the resultant shot was blasted over. Play was end to end before a forceful run by Athletics Chris stapleton in the 14th minute resulted in a corner. George Blakeman sent over a high ball which was met by Jack Seaton unchallenged to head into the goal. Score 0-1.
Borough came straight back forcing a number of corners and had several good chances to equalise. In the 25th minute Athletic broke quickly and Chris Vardy’s shot from an angle was saved by the keepers legs. In the 29th minute keeper Jack Hopwood brought off his first excellent save when diving low to thwart Robbie Carroll’s header. Just minutes later he again saved brilliantly from a terrific shot by Yami Buraimoh.
Athletic were finding it hard to keep the ball but defended in depth until the referee blew for half time.
H.T 0 – 1
Athletic began the second half on the attack, forcing a couple of corners, and then followed a surging run by Ryan Sturges who ran into the penalty area before being outnumbered and the danger was cleared. Borough then had a period where they had a lot of possession, creating
several half chances but were unable to find the net.
Athletic came back into the game and Chris Vardy had a shot saved by home keeper Graham Loki, Athletic always looked dangerous when breaking forward and Boroughs defence had to be alert a number of times. With just a few minutes left Borough won a corner. The ball was floated in and a powerful header looked sure to end up in the net, the home players began to cheer, however keeper Jack Hopwood pulled off a “Gordon Banks” save tipping the ball onto a post and then back into his safe hands, a truly fantastic save. Still Borough pressed forward but Athletic kept running and tackling before the referee finally blew the whistle to end the game.
This was a good game to watch and played in the right spirit. A special mention for referee Peter Smith and his two assistants who controlled the game very well with little fuss and allowed the
game to flow. Athletic showed what a resolute side they are, with every player working hard, they now look forward to this Saturday when they are away in the FA Vase at Rothwell.
TAFC: Jack Hopwood, Tommy Twelves, Jack Seaton, George Brinkman, Dan Steadman (c), Paddy Downes, Ryan Sturges, Sam Joliffe, Chris Vardy, George Carberry, Chris Stapleton (Aaron Nash-Barker 73).
F.C.Broxbourne Borough: Graham Loki, Brodie Couzins, Tommy Hunn (David Leon-Coello 77), Yami Buraimoh, Charlie Morgan, Nathan Wilson, Topi Omototosho, Charlie Ruff, Robbie Carroll (c), Jamie Brandon.