Blues more competitive
by sports reporter, Brian Carrington
After a thankless task last week against a much stronger team, this week the Blues had a much more competitive game against Claypole. The first few minutes saw Claypole exert some pressure with some slick attacking but they were met with stern resistance from Bingham's defence of Nick, Henry, Toby & Ben. One particular triple stop by Ben stays in the memory and as well a flying save by Paul in goal who continued his great form from last week. After weathering the initial storm, Bingham started playing some good football themselves and got the ball forwards more often towards Tom and Josh up front who were making some intelligent runs. It looked like the teams would go in level after a pretty even first half, but unfortunately just 5 minutes before half-time Bingham fell behind to a well-worked goal. Bingham responded immediately with a fierce shot from Josh that the keeper managed to save. Bingham also suffered a blow when Henry went down injured and was substituted by David.
The second half began with Ben coming on to replace Ash in the midfield and the game continued to be even, with attacks coming at both ends. Paul tipped an early Claypole effort onto the post before Bingham fell 2-0 behind to a move down the left, fine cross and neat finish which left Paul with no chance. Encouragingly Bingham responded immediately with Joe beginning to exert himself in the middle of the pitch, ably supported by Zak, Josh and Ben alongside him. First they combined to put Tom through on goal but his run was cut short by the linesman's harsh flag. However, moments later Bingham did get the goal that their play deserved with Ben playing a precision ball through the defence for Joe to run on to and beat the Claypole keeper with a cool finish to make the score 2-1. The game was really in the balance now and for 15 minutes both teams went for the next goal to try and get a result. However the final ten minutes saw Bingham run out of steam and lose their shape, so the destiny of the points was decided with four quick goals for Claypole, including a key goal controversially allowed by the referee despite a linesman's flag for offside. The last action of an enjoyable game was when Joe was put through on goal again, managed to beat the keeper but his shot just slipped wide of the net. The final score of 1-6 definitely flattered the visitors and was particularly harsh on Bingham who were still in with a chance of the points right up to the last few minutes.
Man of the match for a super goal was Joe.