Stalemate at the Tannery
Street halted a run of three defeats by putting in a confident display against Bristol Manor Farm and come away with a well earned point. As with many games recently manager Rich Fey saw his side create a host of chances without finding that all important goal but would of been delighted by the character and defensive resolve of his side in what was an action packed game.
As early as the 3rd minute Steve Murray broke the offside trap taking the ball round the Ben John in the BMF goal but his shot on the angle found the side netting. In what was a fast start to the game and BMF then headed a good chance wide. After 15 minutes both teams went close with lobbed efforts, Murray the second to try his luck sending his effort over the bar.
Five minutes later Liam Kingston made a smart save at his near post then Lewis Waldy, who was seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages, created another chance for Murray but John smothered his goal bound effort. Ten minutes before the break Aidan Chainey picked up a loose ball in midfield and surged forward but his effort from distance agonisingly cannoned off the post with John well beaten. Harry Foster then sent a header just wide as Street ended the half in the ascendancy.
Street’s best chance came five minutes into the second half when Dave O’Hare broke down the left and fed the ball into the path of Murray who side stepped his marker but fired his effort over the bar from 12 yards out. Tackles were flying in at this stage of the game with a flurry of yellow cards being shown. Ed Butcher was next to try his luck on 70 minutes when he wiggled free on the right but his effort was well saved at the near post.
The vocal Cobbler support witnessed an exciting last ten minutes with both teams still going for the win and in the 81st minute BMF striker Owen Howe received his second yellow card and given his marching orders for a late lunge on Josh Bennett. However it was BMF that had a golden opportunity to win the game when Lewis Bamford raced clear but Kingston came out and brilliantly denied him, a goal which would of been harsh on the Cobblers who defended brilliantly all night. Quite often in tight games there is a chance right at the death and it came Street’s way and was so close to a winner! A free kick into the box wasn’t properly cleared and Phil Ormrod’s fierce drive from the edge of the box flew through a crowd of players and smashed into the crossbar and away to safety.
A good performance as we move on to the first of two away games with a trip to Evesham this Saturday.
Man of the match was a tight call with notable performances all over the pitch but Jamie Short just edged it with his energetic display in the middle of the park.