Match Report - Brislington 2 - 1 BTFC
Brislington FC 2 – 1 Bridgwater Town FC
Scorers J Laird (1)
Here’s Mark Hollidge’s report on today’s game at Ironmould Lane:
OPENING DAY BLUES
Most followers of football in the Western League would not have put this down for a home win. However, an indifferent first half performance gave Town an uphill climb and dogged defending from Brislington protected their narrow lead in the second half.
Town elected to play with a back three but it was a tactic that misfired because the home side’s attacking three found ways to get around and through it. The dangerman in the first half was Mason Dagger on the left wing. He had far too much space to create problems and he had an excellent game. The three players that comprised the Town back three were Jamie Laird , Mark Armstrong and Jake Horsey. They all played well in their own ways but they had too much space to cover, too much work to do, as Brislington created numerous scoring chances in the first half. The second half was a different story as Town attacked almost incessantly but they could not find the second equaliser.
Dagger was the architect of the first goal. He broke free along the left wing and his pull back was guided , first time, past Fraser McDermid from 12 yards. Ten minutes later Danny Barwood headed narrowly wide, unmarked , from a corner kick.
Steve Murray was looking dangerous with his runs at the defence but all that Town could fashion at this point was a couple of crosses which flashed across goal with nobody getting a touch.
Brislington nearly doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Town again struggled to cope with a corner kick. Barwood’s volley had to be clawed away to safety by the extended McDermid.
Murray whacked one against the keeper’s knees and David O’Hare had a clear sight of goal but hit his shot straight at May. Town were now in the contest and they equalised. From a corner kick Murray picked up the loose ball, took his time and then measured a delightful chip which the inspiring Laird headed in.
Brislington still looked like scoring and it was from a right wing cross that McDermid , Horsey and Buck rose to meet the ball. It seemed that Horsey headed the ball against Buck and it went in the net. A bit unlucky. There were no changes in personnel or formation for the second half and Town very nearly went further behind almost immediately. The quick and direct Parsons broke through in the right channel and his goalbound shot was cleared off the goal line by Armstrong.
After this, Brislington decided to defend deeply and concede the bulk of the possession to Town. Laird almost scored his second when he sidefooted the ball goalwards after a corner kick was flicked up towards him. A defender headed it away.
Jack Taylor twice went close within a couple of minutes. He drove a shot a yard wide from the edge of the box and Dave Thorne’s fine run led to a flicked header from Taylor which drifted away.
Town had a head of steam on now but a series of interruptions to the game appeared to stymie their flow. One of these was an unfortunate incident involving Barwood and Jake Brown. Barwood fouled Brown in an overly boisterous way. Brown showed he wasn’t happy so Barwood decided to grab him around the neck and push him to the ground. Barwood deserved a red card but Brown didn’t. Both were dismissed although it wasn’t clear what Brown had done wrong.
Town huffed and puffed a lot in the last ten minutes but Brislington defended well. Town perhaps didn’t have the run of the ball when it mattered and this amounted to a frustrating afternoon at Ironmould Lane.
Town’s Top Three 1-2-3
1 Jamie Laird 2 David O’Hare 3 Mark Armstrong
McDermid, Thorne, Llewellyn ( Wilkinson 53), Armstrong, Laird, Horsey, Horton(Duffy 70), O’Hare (Towler 75), Murray, Taylor, Brown.
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