Tue 3rd Nov 2020
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Broadfields United 0-1 TAFC First team
TAFC goals: Oliver Butler
A battling away win for Tring with Ollie Butler scoring the winner in the 69th minute.
For our final fixture before the lockdown we travelled to face fellow strugglers Broadfields. We were missing Harrison Cornick, Jack Sunderland, Paolo Bagatti, David Saunders and Adam Murphy through injury. Will Foley, Connor Smith and Stephen Dodd we unavailable through work commitments, but after our recent attempts to get new blood in we were able to give Scott Bullock, Tom Shaw and 17 year old Ronan Hutchins their first starts.
With a slightly different formation we generally succeeded in keeping our opponents in front of us and Johnny Pitts in goal only really had 2 shots to save in the 90+ minutes. To be fair the same can largely be said of ourselves. On a wide pitch we were able to defend but found it harder to get enough bodies in and around centre forward Ollie Butler. Throughout the game we looked reasonably dangerous from set pieces especially corners and Scott Bonner, returning from injury, could have done better.
The back four kept a good line and our custodian confidently dealt with the longer balls over the top. When possible we tried to play from the back and Ronan Hutchins was able to get on the ball and showed an ability to play on the turn. This kept us at least playing forwards, while Scott Bullock and Scott Bonner protected the space behind Ronan. Out wide Tom Shaw and Joe Naylor gave committed performances with Tom able to deliver a couple of crosses whilst Joe as ever was a handful.
Kevin McManus and James (the better Butler ho hum) won nearly every first ball and the full backs Prince Nimoh and Gareth Terblanche stopped the vast majority of crosses.
Up front Ollie Butler made maximum use of the possession he had and apart from one or two rushed decisions in the last 10 mins we showed our growing maturity by managing the game.
The only goal came after 69 mins when some neat interplay through midfield resulted in a sweeping pass from Will Salmon out wide to Prince Nimoh, who having shown a reluctance on earlier occasions to cross the ball, picked out a peach of a delivery for Ollie Butler to head home on the far post.
Subs Joe Chott and Callum Shortt, who has missed out on minutes recently, played their part.
By a twist of fate we have now won our last 3 Tuesday night games.
The break will be used to have a look back on the season to date and bring in a couple of more players into the positions that need strengthening.
Stay safe everybody and look forward to catching up with you in early December.
Jonny Pitts, Prince Nimoh, Kevin Mcmanus, James Butler, Gareth Terblanche, Scott Bonner (Will Salmon) Scott Bullock, Ronan Hutchings (Callum Shortt) Tom Shaw, Ollie Butler, Joe Naylor (Joe Chott)