Sat 14th Sep 2019
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Biggleswade United 0-1 TAFC First team
TAFC goals: Louie Collier
HARD EARNED WIN TAKES US TO THE TOP
Four long journeys to the town of Biggleswade last season brought nothing but disappointment and so this result was sweet indeed. The strength of our squad is evident from the fact that we had three key players missing from our line up and we had to make an enforced, early change when the hugely unfortunate Chris Vardy had to be replaced before the half hour mark and yet there was no noticeable drop off in our standards.
There were solid performances all around the pitch but special mention goes to Jay Lovell for marshalling a re-shuffled back four, Louie Collier for a superb 70 minutes on his first start for the club and Oran Swales who terrorised the Biggleswade back four with his skills and trickery.
We disagree with the Bigggleswade half time tweet that they were unfortunate to go in one goal down. Our opinion was that we dominated and could have led by more. Several chances went begging two for Dash, two for Oran plus a Frazier John goal disallowed for off-side. By contrast, Biggleswade had one early chance that ended up off target and not much else.
Our goal was a thing of beauty a great team goal. From Charlie to Louie and the back of the net in four moves and five seconds, a sweeping attack that ended in a great cross from Oran and smashed in to the net by the on-rushing Louie. Classic!
HALF TIME 0-1
Much the same in the second half when we had numerous opportunities to extend our lead. Dash scuffed a shot, Louie shot just wide, and their keeper saved well from a bullet header from Jay from 6 yards out.
Our back five remained solid and well organised to the end. Somewhat in desperation Biggleswade brought on their tall striker with the obvious intent of bombarding us with high balls but this tactic failed to materialise into anything troublesome.
A one goal lead always seems precarious but we saw the game out without great concern. In fact it was us who looked most likely to score and even as late as the 93 minute Luke went through and forced another exceptional save from their keeper.
Due to other teams being otherwise occupied in the Vase we moved to the top of the table, having successfully handled a series of three away games, taking maximum points. We now return to Grass Roots for two home games in which we will be looking to consolidate our position.
We are progressing very nicely with quality all over the park and a really impressive group ethic. The strength of our bench today is another indicator that we can go places this season.
Team: Charlie Mann, Jack Sunderland, Chris Vardy (Connor Church 28), Jacob Carter, Ben Johnson, Jay Lovell , Luke Dunstan, Louie Collier (Mulik Rickman (70), Charncey Dash, Frazier John (Dan Ferrigno 75), Oran Swales.