The Reserves were back in League action this Saturday, Lower Maze the opposition at the Arena.
The squad was shaken up after the last few weeks poor results, and two players were called into the squad to make their second team debuts, Andy McIvor slotted in at right back and Arron Winters was on the bench after bagging a hat trick for the Under 17s in the morning. It’s great to see players from the younger teams step up into senior football, both lads have bags of potential and made an impact in the match.
The match itself started very slowly, and Town didn’t click into gear to play the football that they are capable of. The only highlights of a dull first half were 2 Boyce headers, one saved and one crashed off the bar. 0-0 at half time.
The second half was much brighter and full of incident. Town started well and Devlin’s pace was causing the fullback all sorts of problems. Pressure on the Lower Maze goal paid off when James McNally pounced to volley home from just inside the area to open the scoring. Winters entered the contest and his pace worried the opposition, their number 7 picking up a booking for a cynical foul on him. A second booking arrived soon after when he brought Freeburn down to halt another attack.
With the opposition a man down Town thought the game was already won but instead Maze drew themselves level when a set piece wasn’t dealt with and the unfortunate Adam Glenn sliced into his own net, the only blemish on a great performance returning after injury.
Town went on the offensive looking for a winner and it looked like the clock would beat them. But with 95 minutes gone McNally sent in a super delivery which was flicked home by Freeburn to claim the 3 points with the last kick of the game.
Despite this being a below par performance, it is an important 3 points and the first win in the league this season, a good platform to build on in the coming weeks.
Clarke, McIvor, Parks, Freeburn, Bunting, McNally (c), Jordan, Glenn, Devlin, Irvine, Boyce
Subs: Scorah (Jordan), Winters (Boyce), Wiltshire (Bunting)