Honours even for BSCFC Blues
BSCFC Blues (1)2 Wymondley Park Jets (1)2 The meeting of old rivals Blues and Jets, Blues were depleted and forced to start with 10 players, as Albie McCabe and Jordan Powles were unavailable. They started with a 3-4-2 formation with Billy Cox & Scott
BSCFC Blues (1)2 Wymondley Park Jets (1)2
The meeting of old rivals Blues and Jets, Blues were depleted and forced to start with 10 players, as Albie McCabe and Jordan Powles were unavailable.
They started with a 3-4-2 formation with Billy Cox & Scott Almond playing more narrowly than usual to form a back three with Harry Synowski, playing his first game in defence.
With Connor and Clarry providing a central midfield shield it was mainly left to the wide midfielders Matt Wheeler and Sam Gale to provide support to Jordan Sanderson and Mark Redcliffe up front.
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The game was very much nip and tuck from the off with both Jets and Blues playing some good football in midfield but neither side was able to find the final ball to create a clear cut chance.
However after a quarter of an hour Blues won a series of throw-ins on the Jets right and from one such throw the Blues right-back pushed Mark Redcliffe in the back, leaving the referee with no option but to award a penalty.
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The Jets players all disputed the penalty and the opposing coach was heard to accuse the referee of cheating but in most rule books an unprovoked push in the back is a foul.
After a brief delay, Harry Synowski stepped up to take the penalty and rifled the ball home to make it Blues 1 Jets 0.
The Blues were starting to feel under pressure from the constant probing of Louis, and just two minutes before half-time he struck. Although Almond and Synowski both made good attempts to slow his run, Louis broke free and hit a magnificent shot from the edge of the box that went in off the underside of the bar to level the scores.
The early exchanges in the second half were fairly even but it was the Blues who took the initiative five minutes in. Synowski and Cox and Williams combined to dispossess the ubiquitous Louis and the ball found its way to Connor Gypps in midfield. Gypps played the ball perfectly in behind Jets' defence and Jordan Sanderson just managed to beat the onrushing Jets keeper to the ball before rounding the keeper to slot the ball in from a tight angle and put the Blues back in the lead.
Blues continued to thwart the best attacks of the Jets, with Scott Almond, Billy Cox and Harry Synowski doing really well to withstand the probing play and high skill of Louis. However, after ten minutes of the second half Jets drew level when a defensive misunderstanding from a speculative high ball into the Blues box led to the ball trickling in and past Tommy Baiss to make it Blues 2 Jets 2.
The heat seemed to go out of the game at this point and both sides concentrated on playing football, save for some unnecessary comments from players of both sides.
With ten minutes to go Jets were awarded a free kick just outside the box but fortunately the attacker overhit his shot and the ball went harmlessly over the bar. A minute later a fine run from Jordan Sanderson was stopped by the keeper coming out of his area quickly and the rebound fell to Mark Redcliffe who could not keep the ball down enough to prevent his follow-up effort going well over the bar. A further effort a few minutes later from Wheeler was excellently kept out by the keeper and noone followed up quickly enough to stop the despairing Jets defender from clearing the ball off the line.
Jets forced a few corners near the end, all of which were excellently defended by the Blues, and eventually the game came to a close with the final score being Blues 2 Jets 2.