Blues hit Arlesey for six
BSCFC Blues 6 Arlesey Town 0 Blues don t seem to want to relinquish their 100 per cent record without a fight, and their match against a very strong Arlesey team could so easily have been the day we came a cropper. Arlesey proved their mettle agains
BSCFC Blues 6 Arlesey Town 0
Blues don't seem to want to relinquish their 100 per cent record without a fight, and their match against a very strong Arlesey team could so easily have been the day we came a cropper.
Arlesey proved their mettle against top of the league Hitchin two weeks ago and during the warm up showed signs of being well organised and determined.
But this season the Blues are looking like a team who understand the need to make a good start and, in spite of the fact that we were playing uphill and into a blustery wind, we were straight out of the traps again.
We started with a 3-5-2 formation with Ben pushing into a holding midfield role in order to release an extra man in midfield. The game was less than five minutes old when Blues played a neat move which ended with Connor Gypps threading a neat pass through to the on-rushing Jordan Sanderson, who outstripped the Arlesey back line and finished with aplomb.
Arlesey were no mugs and our midfield of Clarry, Harry, Connor and Jordan Powles were working really hard to win the battle for supremacy in the middle of the park.
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Although they failed to create a clear chance on goal, Arlesey were beginning to threaten and it came as a welcome relief when a sharp exchange of passes between Greg Harrison and Jordan Sanderson sliced open the left flank of Arlesey's rearguard and allowed Jordan Sanderson to lay off a perfect pass for Jordan Powles to slam into the empty net.
As in the previous week, Blues took confidence from the second goal and started to carve open the opposition time and again. But once again we were met with an inspired goalkeeper who thwarted attack after attack with his skill and bravery.
It was fortunate that we were so in control that the missed chances did not cost us dear.
In the second period it was vital that Blues did not allow Arlesey to settle as, at times, they proved themselves capable of some good passing football.
The half-time team talk must have been heeded because after only two minutes Jordan Powles put Jordan Sanderson through the middle with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Sanderson shrugged off the attentions of the centre-half and calmly hit the third via the right-hand post. Just three minutes later, the strength and determination of Clarry Williams allowed him to win the ball and gave him the time to thread a through ball to the on-rushing Sanderson, who took aim and stroked in his well deserved hat-trick.
Arlesey did briefly seem to lose heart and with only ten minutes of the second half gone it was soon five. Sanderson raced through and was left poleaxed by the brave challenge of the goalkeeper, but the alert Mark Redcliffe simply headed the rebound over the keeper from 25 yards out and into the open net.
This was a superb piece of opportunism from Mark, who instinctively reacted to the opportunity to score.
Sanderson made way but it was only a matter of minutes before Blues made it six.
This time a flowing move on the left started with Sam Gale who passed on to Harry Synowski, then onto Greg Harrison. Greg timed his pass into the middle perfectly leaving Mark Redcliffe in space. Rather than panic, Mark took his time, took aim and then took the cheers for his second and Blues' sixth goal.
Strangely the sixth goal seemed to wake Arlesey up and they started to play some excellent football, and on a couple of occasions the otherwise redundant Tommy Baiss was called upon to make good saves.
Blues seemed to be guilty of coasting a little although Ben Gannon was unlucky with an excellent cross shot which the 'keeper did well to tip over.
However, as the referee blew the final whistle it was clear that the Blues had once again shown that they are prepared to battle hard to win the right to play their football. A very well deserved victory against a strong Arlesey side means the Blues go into their next match against rivals Royston undefeated.