John, Nay, Bastian, Stephens, Magona, Afriyie, Velandia, Hall, Crace, Hammatt, Nyman, Jones, Negus, Carroll, Marshall, Harris.
Goals, Nyman, Crace, Hall, Hammatt, Hall (pen).
Town started on the attack well earning an early free kick which Rudi Hall curl just around the top corner. Owusu Afriyie shot one past the post. Ricci Crace shot one over the bar on half volley. Ricci Crace scuffed a shot. Owusu crossed for Ricci to just miss connecting. This is going to happen sooner or later. Jamie Nay makes a lovely cross for Owusu to shoot into the side netting. At the other end Flackwell shot wide. Dave Bastian shot wide. Ricci sets up a shot for Bryan to shoot wide. Steve Velandia has a shot saved. Owusu tackling back well. Rudi has a dig go wide. Some lovely link up work between Jamie Nay and Owusu on the wing. Finally down the other wing the ball comes and after some lovely work by Bastian and Nyman Deano slots it home on the half hour. 1 – 0. Ricci shoots over the bar. Deano picks up the ball from deep and goes all the way before losing it. At the other end JJ saves. Deano crosses for Owusu to be offside. Rudi shoots wide. Ricci in a one on one with the keeper who saves. Here ended the first half and town were in command but finishing could be better. News came through Harlow winning 1 – 0 at half time.
Oh bugger it! Well lets just rest some players and the second half took on the appearance of a reserves game with less tackling and more of the same really. At the other end a heavily disguised overhead kick was extraordinarily well save by JJ at almost point blank range phew! Owusu shot by the post. Town double substitution Velandia and Stephens rested, Carroll and Jones on. Robbie Carroll immediately tackling back well time after time. Town sitting too deep. JJ saving time after time. Finally ball goes forward and Ricci runs on to a perfectly weighted ball to beat the keeper in a one on one. 2 – 0. Nyman off Negus on. Jamie Nay does a lovely one two cheekily with a defender. Owusu cross and Rudi Hall nails it 3 – 0. Town fans started to believe we might get a hatful of goals at last. Bastian did a great tackle back. Finally a brave Bryan Hammatt slid in to connect with a loose ball in the box 4 – 0. Andy Jones doing penance for last weeks red card got the ball into the box and was brought down. Penalty! Owusu then tried to take the penalty instead of the recognised town penalty taker Rudi. Rudi eventually nailed it 5 – 0. Owusu storms off in a huff.
This was a good game for Owusu’s and for me he has been better than Campbell in this position (this season - not last season) but he needs to understand that we have no idea what his penalty taking is like and Rudi has been doing it for many years for Town, (was a world champion) and has the confidence of the fans and management at the task.
So Town enter the playoffs with an ok display. Hopefully a game against better opposition will bring out the best in town.