Beer Res 1 Dunkeswell 0
It had been a difficult week for both sets of managers trying to get 2 teams sorted for Saturdays match's both teams had to change due to illness and injuries. With the first team's game called off early on Sat morning, the 2nds were able to include the players that had been previously called up to the 1sts.
The game started in front of 80+ supporters, the first 25 mins were very scrappy with both teams trying to get used to the strong wind, Dunkeswell had the advantage of the wind in the first half so Beer knew they had to weather the Dunks pressure. For the last 20 mins of the first half Beer got on top and were excellent and created plenty of chances. Jake Hale on another day could have had a first half hat trick and Josh Lund, Jacob Clode and Simon smith also went close. Beer had to settle for 0.0 at half time. The home side were disappointed not to take a lead into the 2nd half but the Managers and crowd were pleased with how Beer were playing and feeling around the ground was the 2nd half Beer would get the goal or goals we needed. Beer took the lead after 55 mins when Max Richardson came off his wing to pick up the ball and play an inch perfect through ball to Jake Hale who slotted the ball into the bottom corner it was a fantastic composed finish from the young striker. Max was substituted after 60mins as he was feeling the effects of weekends Grizzly, Young Harry Lawrence replaced him. Josh Lund had a great chance on 65 mins when he somehow missed a one on one after chasing down 3 lost causes to get himself clean through, a real shame as he deserved a goal for the tireless work he put in for the team.
Josh French was introduced on 70 minutes for a run out after some niggling injury issues. As the game went on the young legs of Beers Harry Lawrence and Jake hale going forward were putting a lot of pressure on the Dunks back line but the final pass or final shot wasn’t quite up to Beer's usual standards. Josh French had a fierce shot saved on 75 mins after great movement from him as always. The inevitable scenario of missed chances happened when Dunkeswell were awarded a penalty, it was the only time in the game Beer made an error defensively and the ref gave a pen after what seemed an age for him to make up his mind! The resulting pen was ballooned over the bar and Beer's stand in keeper Shaun Denslow told us after he would have saved it anyway! Game ended 1-0 to Beer and it was played in an excellent spirit with good refereeing. The win keeps Beer in the hunt for a top 3 finish. There were some excellent performances for Beer all over the pitch, the forwards and Midfield worked tirelessly and the back four and keeper hardly put a foot or glove wrong. MOM was awarded to Ashley Driver in his first start for the club in over 3 years after coming back from an injury, he was strong and commending at the heart of Beers defense.