Bridgwater Town unable to hold on to their 2 goal lead against a strong Bitton side
Toolstation Western League
19th October 2019
Bridgwater Town FC 0 Vs 2 Bitton FC
Harry Horton 6 Asya Corrick 23
Steve Murray 14 Karim Rendall 39
Matt Groves 77
Town lost at home for the first time in the league this season despite building an early two goal lead. Bitton have a collection of skilled attacking players and it was their flair that won the day. In the person of Aysa Corrick Bitton had the best player on the park and some of his footwork was truly mesmeric. He was involved in two goals and gave Town a lot to think about for 90 minutes.
Initially Town looked like casting Bitton aside. Although Bitton made the early running Town went ahead with a goal of great quality. Persistent play from Jake Llewellyn was ended with a headed clearance which seemed to relieve any danger. Harry Horton thought otherwise and he crashed a 25 yard volley into the net via the keeper’s finger tips and the underside of the bar. It is hard to imagine how anyone could score a more satisfying goal. Just brilliant.
Bitton rallied with a shot from Matthew Tanner which took a deflection and forced Jake Viney into some urgent work.
Town scored again due to some good play from Jake Brown. He dispossessed Callum Ball on the right and placed the ball across the box. Under pressure, Steve Murray got to the ball first and he rammed it in left footed.
Town looked threatening whenever they were on the attack but so did Bitton. Karim Rendall should have done better than to head wide from a Tanner crossand the visitors gave themselves hope with their first goal. There was some tremendous shooting in the game and Mitch Tippins’ crunching 25 yard shot hammered against the cross bar. Corrick reacted quickest and ran the ball over the line.
Town had a moment of bad luck when Brown engineered a chance for himself and sent a curling shot over Sam Burgess. The crossbar repelled this effort.
With the action end to end and non stop, Harrison Kyte finished wildly when 10 yards out and Town responded with a Dave O’Hare header from a Tom Ellis throw in which went straight to Burgess.
Viney foiled another long range shot by Tippinsbefore Rendall levelled the score. He was unmarkedas he headed in a right wing corner. The same player hit the crossbar as a breathless and fascinating first half came to a close.
The second half couldn’t match the first for incident. Bitton certainly had more possession and territorial advantage and, if anyone was going to score again, it would probably be them.
In all of the second half Town only looked like scoring once. O’Hare knows how to use his head and as he went to meet a Horton corner you fancied the net to bulge. His contact was too strong and the ball flew over.
Bitton took the lead with 13 minutes left. The clever Corrick nutmegged Jamie Laird and instantly passed to Tippins on the left. Groves was spare on the overlap and he sent a guided shot into the top right corner of the net.
Town couldn’t really respond as their efforts became a bit disorganised. Kyte had two chances to score late on but the exposed Viney saved well on both occasions.
1 Harry Horton
2 Jake Viney
3 Steve Murray
Jake Viney, Jake Llewellyn (Jamie Laird 62), Mark Armstrong, Harry Horton, Dave O’Hare (Dave Thorne 78), Steve Murray, Jake Brown, Sam Towler, Tom Ellis, Ross McErlain, Mike Duffy (Dave Pearse 85)
Man of The Match