Heavitree United FC v Elmore FC
A tough evening game in prospect.
A tough evening game in prospect, turned out to be just that.
Our hosts for the evening Heavitree United are always a tough opponent to play, and our evening match against a strong Heavitree side would be no different to others.
Both teams started at a frenetic pace, Heavitree playing a direct game to stand in centre forward Dan Western, always a hard player to mark with his experience at higher level football, but we coped well defensively and limited their chances in front of goal.
Although playing our usual style of football was curbed somewhat by a narrower pitch and a hard working home side to try and break up any forward play we may try to put together.
The first half ebbed and flowed, but it was a superb run from sweeper Isaac Furness
that set the ball rolling, as he picked the ball up from the back and made his own space to drive forward with a good run cutting through the midfield before releasing the ball, and continued his run into the opposition box as a cross was swung in for him to neatly turn home past a stranded keeper. 1-0 to Elmore on 42 minutes after some superb individual Isaac Furness
Half time came, and we were edging the play slightly in a hard fought first half to take our 1-0 lead to the break.
Second half, and things started similar to the first, both teams working hard, trying to work their own game plans to score the next goal.
But we were now starting to edge the better of the play, and create the better chances in the game, but without adding to our total.
Changes were made on 58 and 64 minutes, with Tom Tricker and Lloyd Copp
being introduced into the game. This seemed to have another lift to our game, and on 68 minutes from a set play, a blocked shot in the box fell to Daniel Tapp
to fire home tom increase our lead, 2-0.
Shortly after Jordan Bastin
was our last sub to be introduced on 72 minutes.
As before, this gave us another boost as Jordans direct driving and strength on the ball saw him increasing the amount of balls crossed in from wide to increase the pressure on our opponents. And on 75 minutes Callum Old
found himself with space to turn the ball home and seal the points.
But Heavitree weren't finished, and as we dropped the work rate thinking of a well earned victory, our hosts upped theirs, and some sloppy recovery work and general poor defending let Heavitree in to steal a late consolation goal. This in turn boosted their hopes of a fight back, but unfortunately for them, time and a now more solid defence after letting slip our guard saw us see out the game for a well deserved 3-1 victory.
A hard fought game by both teams, good luck to Heavitree for the season, as we now look forward to two weeks