Cobblers remain top
It was billed as the game of the day in the Western League Premier Division and it certainly didn’t disappoint as Street inflicted on Bradford Town their first defeat of the season to keep them top of the league.
After last week’s FA Vase defeat manager Rich Fey was looking for a instant response and would of been delighted with the quality and character shown in his team who thoroughly deserved all three points come the final whistle.
The opening exchanges were fairly even, but it was Street the more likely to score first with Matt Hurley and Aidan Chainey dominating the ball in the middle of the park. A Ross McErlain free kick whistled past the post early on and Craig Herrod shot just wide after a powerful run. Street got their noses in front after 28 minutes when great link up play between Herrod and the impressive Josh Wadham saw the ball fed to Steve Murray who dinked the ball delightfully over the advancing keeper. Bradford were looking to hit Street on the break without really threatening the Street goal with McErlain and captain Ben Amghar both in imperious form at the heart of the Street defence.
The second half both teams upped the tempo with a number of tackles flying in which were cheered(and Jeered!) by the passionate Tannery support. A gift came on 56 minutes when the Bradford centre back passed straight to Dave O’Hare who laid it on a plate to Wadham who made no mistake to the delight of the Street Ultras(great to have you back boys) behind the Street goal!
The game was threatening to spill over from time to time as Bradford tried to drag themselves back into the game, but Tom Punchard remained untroubled between the sticks. It was O’Hare who missed a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 late on snatching at a chance inside the box before receiving his marching orders for a second yellow moments later.
A comprehensive victory and great entertainment for the 150 plus crowd. Thank you Just Pick Cribbs for sponsoring the game, who awarded Aidan Chainey man of the match.
The Reserves won 6-2 away at Congresbury, Jack Spence, Toby Davey(2) and a hat-trick from 16 year old debutant Kyle Strange with the goals. Well done boys.
Good day for the Cobbs!!