The night is Young – Ricky grabs Town’s winner
Braintree Town U-18 2 Buntingford Town 3 RICKY Young s last gasp goal put Town into the Eastern Youth League play-off semi-final, last Wednesday. Extra-time was looming before Luke Robins released down the left and as the keeper advanced Robins diverte
Braintree Town U-18 2
Buntingford Town 3
RICKY Young's last gasp goal put Town into the Eastern Youth League play-off semi-final, last Wednesday.
Extra-time was looming before Luke Robins released down the left and as the keeper advanced Robins diverted the ball across the face of goal for Young to smash home with just 10 seconds remaining.
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Buntingford started this game excellently against southern section winners Braintree, despite being without central midfield duo Will Turl and Liam Beaumont to injuries.
They took a fourth minute lead when Young worked himself some space 20 yards from goal and sent a fine dipping shot, with the aid of a slight deflection, looping high over the keeper.
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The visitors' impressive dominance continued and they doubled the lead 12 minutes later when Leroy Williams picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and riffled an unstoppable drive into the bottom right corner.
The home side did not really threaten until they reduced the deficit 10 minutes before half-time when a corner was headed in powerfully at the near post.
The second half was more even and an entertaining battle all across the pitch but it was the home side who got their equaliser on 62 minutes.
A long ball should have been dealt with but it eluded Buntingford's back line and a forward ran onto goal and stuck his shot under Robbie Cooke and in from 16 yards.
Buntingford from that moment on began wrestling back control of the game and were helped by the sending off of a home player with 20 minutes to go for a second bookable offence.
Against 10 ten men, Buntingford stepped up a gear and began putting good pressure on the home defence with their agile keeper rushing from his line on numerous occasions to thwart swift advances on the area.
An extra 30 minutes looked on the card until Young netted, and there was just enough time to restart but it was Paul Attfield's side who progressed to the last four.
Town: R Cooke, D Apostolos, R Goddard, L Endacott, T Randall, C De Lacy, J Evans, R Young, L Williams, J Morriss (J Bronti), L Robins - Unused Subs : J Shaughnessy, W Turl, P Stevens, C Ferrence