IT WAS a game of two halves as The Bulls recovered from a
first half deficit to secure a good 2-1 victory and a massive three points at
It was the home side who saw more of the early ball without
creating too much as we looked to get into our stride.
Just as we were starting to put together a few neat passages
of play, the home side took the lead with nine minutes on the clock when a long
ball over the top was flicked on and Alex Kempster was able to fire the ball low
beyond the reach of Matt Yates.
A strike from distance by Eliot Richards was easily gathered
by Adam Bartlett in the home goal as we looked to hit back.
The home side then went close with efforts in quick
succession from Wes York and Alex Harris before an inviting corner was headed
just over by Jordan Burrow.
It was a half of few clear-cut chances at either end as our
hosts saw plenty of the ball without hurting us too much, whilst we struggled
to make an impact in an attacking sense.
Trailing by one goal to nil, the second period started with
James Waite on for his Bulls’ debut and he was involved in the action straight
away as he got in an effort at goal from Richards’ cross that went into the
A low cross by the home side caused problems but we managed
to scramble clear as the rain continued to fall.
Waite was looking lively and his rasping strike was pushed
by the ‘keeper as we started to up the tempo in search of an equaliser.
In our next raid, a free-kick from Tommy O’Sullivan hit the
defensive wall and as the ball found its way to Danny Greenslade, he teed up O’Sullivan
whose effort this time crept inches wide of the target.
At the other end, an impressive double save from Yates saw
him thwart Sean Newton and then Burrow following a corner that was delivered
invitingly by the home side on the hour-mark.
Despite this, we were starting to ask more questions as our
tempo and intensity increased as we moved forward with pace and purpose.
There was a chance for the home side when Wes York did well
out wide and his cross found Jake Wright who saw his attempt deflected over the
Our equaliser arrived on 77 minutes when a free-kick from
Greenslade flew through the wall and beyond the ‘keeper for his second goal in
as many games.
It was a deserved leveller and within minutes we had the
lead when some sharp play ended with the ball pulled back into the path of
Waite who controlled well before lashing home to make it 2-1 and give Bartlett
As we upped the pressure against our deflated hosts, Tom
Owen-Evans latched onto a headed back pass but his effort landed narrowly wide
under pressure from the ‘keeper which left him in need of treatment.
We managed the game well in the closing stages to secure the
three points, which were richly deserved following an impressive second half
THE BULLS: Yates, Thomas, Greenslade, Cullinane-Liburd,
Smith (Waite 46), Gowling, O’Sullivan, Owen-Evans, Richards, Oates, Lloyd
(Roberts 90). Subs not used: Finn, Wharton, Dinsley.