Bronti marks debut with Town winner
Hertford Heath 0 Buntingford 1 A DEBUT strike from Josh Bronti was enough to give Buntingford victory in a dour match at Hertford Heath. Youth team prospect Bronti got the only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half, when his cross-cum-shot d
Hertford Heath 0 Buntingford 1
A DEBUT strike from Josh Bronti was enough to give Buntingford victory in a dour match at Hertford Heath.
Youth team prospect Bronti got the only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half, when his cross-cum-shot deceived the keeper and found the net via the far post.
Manager Paul Attfield was disappointed with his side's overall performance.
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He said: "The game was a pretty dire spectacle and some of the players really struggled to get into the match, probably because of our poor start.
"I think that is probably the worst we have performed with the ball in the last six games, but it was our first clean sheet for six games.
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"In the second half we battled a lot more collectively and it always seemed like a game where you felt one goal would probably be enough."
Indeed, Town started sluggishly, and the home side had much the better of the opening exchanges.
Twice Hertford players shot wide with Damion Williamson's goal exposed, while a third effort clipped the outside of the post.
For Buntingford, Will Turl was the only player who came close to breaking the deadlock, forcing the keeper into a good save with an 18-yard snap shot, then failing to find the target with a header.
Buntingford began the second half looking much more positive, and were rewarded with Bronti's early goal.
The young midfielder could have added a second, but just failed to connect with a Luke Robins cross.
Conor De Lacy also wasted a good opportunity, electing to pass when presented with a shooting opportunity ten yards from goal.
As the match entered the closing stages, the home side began to apply more pressure, but Buntingford's defence stood firm, and Hertford were unable to find an equaliser.
Town are on the road again this Saturday when they travel to mid-table Codicote, looking for a win which could take them back to the top of the table.
With Attfield away on holiday Duncan Easley will be in caretaker charge.
Buntingford: Damion Williamson, Lewis Endacott, Duncan Easley, David Cain, Conor De Lacy, Jamie Babbage, Josh Bronti (Gary Christie), Mark Smith, Luke Robins (Liam Beaumont), Will Turl, Mark Babbage (Ricky Young).