Macron SCFL Div 2
Sat 19 September
Kris Harding 8 mins, Ryan Warr 44 mins
A battling performance from the Beeding Boys saw them come away with a hard earned point at reigning champions and title contenders Rustington.
True to their word and utilising the strength of the squad, the managers made 5 changes to the starting 11 as they went for a particular game plan for the occasion. In for first starts were Kris Harding, Jonny Taylor and fit again Callum Towse, and recalls for Leo Trower and Lewie Jamieson.
Beeding were out of the blocks fast, with Taylor a constant threat down the right, and we had already spurned a good chance before another run and cross from Jonny was rammed home first time by Kris on 8 mins. A golden opportunity to widen the margin within 15 mins went begging when awarded a penalty that Kris was unable to convert as Nash stood big and strong and saved, the kick too close. That seemed to spark Rustington into life and they were to create chances themselves and were to draw level when Darwin slipped his man, crossed to the far post and Jenkins was to atone for an earlier miss and give Banks no chance.
An open half saw further chance as defences struggled to cope and seconds from the half time whistle, Beeding were back in front when Kris found space in the channel to cross for Ryan Warr to rifle home into the bottom corner from 18 yards. 1 – 2 HT.
Defences had to tighten for the second half, but alas not before a defensive error pretty much from the re-start put the lethal Irish clean through to finish. Lessons learned by both sides as the game became a more cagey affair while still an absorbing contest, recognising the value of a point. Taylor’s impact started to fade and finished with a smashing into the perimeter barrier, and subs O’Sullivan, Ward and Cockerton played their part in continuing to be more than a match for the home side. A draw a fair result in the end.
Both teams showed they will be in contention if the unbeaten start to the season is a guide to the potential to last the distance. A cracking good game for watchers. MOM was a tough one. In a great team effort from the whole squad, Callum Towse didn’t put a foot or head wrong in an outstanding midfield display and got the nod, with plenty of other strong contenders.
Next up, away in the League at much improved Ferring.
UBFC Line Up: Banks Trower Jamieson Dermott Gregory Gunn Towse Warr Taylor Rowland Harding..
Used Subs: O’Sullivan, Ward, Cockerton.
Scorers: Harding, Warr
Back at UBMF, UBFC Reserves were terrific with a 2-0 home win against last years Div 1 Champions Sompting. Goals from Dan Phillips and Chris Barnett and as important a clean sheet in a thoroughly disciplined performance in which new boy Dan Cusdin was superb in midfield and was MOM.