The Blues are made to pay heavily for lapses
Bostik League North
Tuesday 15th August 2017
Hertford Town 0(0) Bury Town 2(6)
One positive that came out of this heavy home defeat was that the Blues got an early taste of what life can be like at Step 4 if you fail to take your chances when you are on top and make defensive lapses when you come under pressure.
In circumstances such as this, talk of missed chances often sound very hollow but this game was one where there enough evidence to claim that the result might have been very different if the Blues had been able to capitalise on three very good scoring opportunities before an own goal gave the visitors the lead in the eighth minute.
Ricky Light was put through on goal in the very first minute but his shot lacked the power to beat the keeper who saved low down to his left. Less than three minutes later Daniel Bond broke into the right hand side of the box and squared the ball across goal to Tyler Hatherly who looked certain to score but his shot from only five yards out was deflected over the bar by an outstretched leg.
At this stage the Blues were all over their visitors and two desperate tackles around the sixth minute mark resulted in free kicks on the edge of the area, both of which came to nothing.
So, having been four times close to scoring, the Blues were then punished for their wastefulness when a Glenn Draper own goal gave Bury a shock lead. An enormously long throw from out on the right was aimed at the near post where, under pressure, Glenn’s header inadvertently found the back of the net.
Undismayed by this setback the Blues took the game back to their opponents and created two further good chances from which both Brett O’Connor and Daniel Bond failed to take advantage. Brett failed to make good contact with a delightful chip into the box by Jay Lovell and Daniel fired over from the edge of the six-yard box when he arrived on a good cross from Ollie Sharman following good approach play between Michael Toner and Brett O’Connor.
Blues custodian Charlie Mann was called into action to beat away a fierce twenty yarder in the 18th minute following an isolated Bury attack but it was the Blues who still held the upper hand. They were still looking likely contenders for an equalising goal when, the 32nd minute, stron claims for a penalty were waved away after Daniel Bond was flattened from behind iwhen well-positioned in the box.
The heart was beginning to go out of the Blues’ play and with half-time approaching the visitors began to exert pressure with their long throw-ins. Charlie Mann was forced to make a good save with his feet in the 42nd minute and then the cruellest blow was struck when, three minutes later, an overhead kick from outside the box somehow deceived him and went in off the inside of a post to give Bury a 2-0 half-time lead.
If the Blues had any hopes of a second half comeback to rival that of Saturday’s game at Brentwood, they were soon dashed when the visitors added a third only four minutes in. The Blues continued to drive forward in search of a goal, however, but good efforts from Brett O’Connor, Ricky Light and Michael Toner were all well-saved in the course of the next ten minutes. A further strong penalty claim which was unanswered on the hour mark was followed by an outstanding save from the Bury keeper to keep out Daniel Bond’s goalbound header.
The Blues’ increasingly desperate search for a goal was understandably beginning to leave holes at the back and the evening was summed up when the visitors took full advantage to add a further three goals to record a cruel six-goal victory.
The Blues must now learn from the lessons of this defeat and adjust accordingly – which they will surely do?
Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Jay Lovell(Tommy Wade 63’), Michael Toner, Glenn Draper, Jason Beck, Brett O’Connor, Charlie Edwards, Daniel Bond(Ben Andreos 80’), Ricky Light(Dan Ferrigno 71’) and Tyler Hatherly.
Subs not used: Charlie Ruff and Matt Thomson.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
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