Six of best - but Town cut it fine
PUBLISHED: 10:47 02 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 May 2010
Little Munden 0 Buntingford Town 2 GOALS in the last three minutes from John Bitting and Carl Smith helped Town to a sixth consecutive league victory. Having played many of the teams in the upper half of the table in recent weeks, it was their turn to pla
Little Munden 0 Buntingford Town 2 GOALS in the last three minutes from John Bitting and Carl Smith helped Town to a sixth consecutive league victory. Having played many of the teams in the upper half of the table in recent weeks, it was their turn to play a team scrapping for points near the bottom, and on a poor pitch with a strong wind, good football was always going to be difficult. Little Munden had neat periods of approach play without getting behind a well-marshalled Town defensive unit, and visiting keeper Damion Williamson was only troubled by occasional long-range shots. Town struggled to create much in the first half, playing into the wind, but did contrive to create the best chance of the half with 30 minutes on the clock. Lee Ridings' through ball was taken in his stride by the pacy Carl Smith, but his advance on goal ended with a snatched shot straight at the advancing Munden keeper Ian Hagger. The second half, as expected with the wind behind them, was completely dominated by Town, but with Munden sitting deep and getting 10 players behind the ball, chances were difficult to create in the conditions. Town's attitude and desire were faultless as they upped the intensity, and boss Paul Attfield responded by changing to a three man attack from a rigid 4-4-2 formation. Bitting and Dean Chaffey had a number of corners from either side that were dealt with admirably by the home team, but only a 25- yard free kick from Bitting straight at Hagger was Town's only noteworthy clear chance. With the game looking like finishing in a stalemate, the deadlock was broken in the 88th minute. Mark Smith found a little space 30 yards from goal after a neat piece of skill, and let fly from long range. The shot was on target and difficult to deal with. Hagger was able to save the fierce shot, but not hold it, and Bitting reacted quickest to fire home the loose ball from ten yards. Straight from the kick off Town won the ball back, and Duncan Easley chipped over the static Munden defence for Carl Smith to beat the offside trap and slide past the advancing Hagger. Town remained on top in a frantic finale and won a corner. Hagger reacted furiously to an unseen incident, and his wild protests to referee Crawford earned him a red card, but there was very little time left in the game. Attfield, pleased with his side's win, said: "The game itself was pretty dire compared to what we've been accustomed to the last few weeks, but the pitch and weather conditions were very difficult for the players. "But we kept pushing and got a couple of deserved breaks our second half effort levels deserved. "It's pleasing to grind out a result the way we have because it was very different from the results we've been getting through the good football we've played lately." Town: D Williamson, B Lynch (C Simmonds), D Chaffey, D Easley, J Babbage, L Ridings (D Cain), M Smith, T Wisson (G Christie), C Smith, R Wilmott, J Bitting. Unused sub: M Etienne. - Town return to action at The Bury on Saturday when sixth-placed Hinton are the visitors, kick-off 2.45pm.