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Local Football: Beverley dominate but lose out by single goal
March Report: Beverley Town 0 – 1 Hedon Rangers
Town started their league campaign with 13 players missing through injury, work, holidays or other commitments. However, it was an indication of the depth at the club that a decent squad was still available for the opening game of the season.
Town started with the wind behind their backs and were straight away on the front foot against a youthful Hedon side. Shaun Day and Aldo Hysenaj linked up well together down the left flank; the later creating some good opportunities with some great attacking play.
Town continued to dominate play, with Craig Muirhead, George Southgate and Aldo Hysenaj all firing shots on goal; however every attempt seemed to be blocked by a resolute Hedon defence.
On 33 minutes, Town had a good penalty claim turned down, when Day and Hysenaj exchanged neat passes in the Hedon box. Day appeared to be tripped; however the ref waved play on.
Hedon created a couple of half chances from crosses, however Town continued to dominate, with Adam Gibson going close and also Ben Thomson with a curling effort just before half time.
Half time 0-0
Town played into the wind in the second half and struggled to adapt initially to the different conditions. However they still remained in control, but the longer the game went on the more confident Hedon became.
Again, Craig Muirhead went close with a long range effort, and Aldo Hysenaj continued to cause problems for the Hedon defence.
Despite Town’s dominance it was Hedon that took the lead on 65 minutes. A free header was despatched from the Hedon corner; poor marking and a lack of concentration that would prove to be costly.
Town then raised the tempo in an attempt to get back in the game. Alex Stark came on for the industrious Adam Gibson, injecting pace and movement to the town front line. And it was Stark who went closest to scoring on 80 minutes, a great cross from Hysenaj was met by Stark at the front post, whose side foot effort from inside the six yard box crept agonisingly wide.
Craig Muirhead once again peppered the keeper from a close range free kick, but it was going to be one of those days, as the keeper saved well again.
In the dying minutes of the game Town skipper Ben Thomson received a straight red card for a strong challenge on the Hedon midfielder .
Full time – Town 0-1 Hedon Rangers
Town manager Rich Jagger reflected on the defeat after the game: “I though the lads that came in today did a great job for us; we had a lot of players missing, however we dominated the game. We had 16 shots to Hedon’s 2, however we have to learn to kill a game off when on top. It was a really poor goal to concede, but credit to Hedon they kept at it and pinched the win in the end.”