Pressure finally takes its Turl
WILL Turl hit a late winner as Buntingford bounced back from their defeat against Hunton to take the Herts County League points. Once again this was a game Town made terribly difficult for themselves with another game littered with too many missed chances
WILL Turl hit a late winner as Buntingford bounced back from their defeat against Hunton to take the Herts County League points.
Once again this was a game Town made terribly difficult for themselves with another game littered with too many missed chances that ultimately nearly cost them the match.
Otherwise, they put in a decent performance, one of their better of the season, dominated possession for long periods, and following a good start should have had the game wrapped up in the first 20 minutes.
In the second minute Mark Roach's long throw was only half-cleared and Mark Smith hammered a first-time 20-yard volley that was only just kept out by the diving Craig Errington.
Knebworth were struggling to contain Town's opening onslaught and the deserved opener came in the 10th minute.
Another long throw was flicked on by Matt Turl and Mark Wright reacted quickest to head high into the net, scoring on his return from a five-week injury lay-off.
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Town continued to impress and were continually getting joy down the right with Tom Malins seeing plenty of time and space to deliver crosses.
One such cross in the 14th minute was met by Jan Stephens within the six-yard box, but his toe-poked effort went agonisingly wide.
Dean Chaffey and Tom Malins then both headed over when well positioned, and then Town stopped playing and gradually let the home team back into the game.
Damion Williamson had been a virtual spectator, but in the 26th minute he was picking the ball from the net when Louie Evans was allowed too much time, and cracked a 25- yarder into the top corner.
The game then entered a scrappy period where neither team could create clear chances with Town poor with their final pass.
The opening 30 minutes of the second half was played in the Knebworth half as Town regained complete control and created good chances.
Both Malins and Wright had one-on-ones placed wide of goal, before Town were awarded a dubious penalty in the 59th minute when Chris Hardy was judged to have been failed following a Jan Stephens corner, but Gary Christie's tame kick was easily saved by Errington.
Malins then crossed for Dean Chaffey to slide wide of the upright from within the six-yard box, and the poor finishing resulted in some changes within the last 15 minutes.
Boss Paul Attfield put on teenagers Luke Robins, Ashley Townsend and Will Turl and gambled by playing one less at the back, which helped contrive more chances but left them a little vulnerable on the counter attack.
Knebworth on three occasions worked themselves into good positions but a crisp final ball eluded their neat approach play, and a 82nd minute corner was headed straight at Williamson.
However Town still continued to press and Stephens mis-kicked another cross within the six-yard box which was scrambled clear, and unmarked Matt Turl headed Robins' cross over eight yards from goal.
Just as it seemed that Town would have to settle for a point, Townsend played a crisp ball for Malins down the right, and his excellent cross was slid in by Will Turl from close range deep into injury time to send Town back to second in the table.