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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Beverley suffer 4-0 setback
Beverley Town 0-4 Hessle Rangers (Tuesday 29th August)
Town are still searching for their first win at their new home ground after a disappointing performance against Hessle Rangers at Hutton Cranswick on Tuesday night (August 29th). Town were 1-0 down after just eight minutes, after a defensive error meant the dangerous Hessle number 9 was through on goal. He calmly slotted past the on-rushing Matty Spencer.
Hessle were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men shortly afterwards, after two very strong challenges on Stu Oliver went unpunished. Town went close from the resulting free-kick and continued to create a couple of good openings, with Muirhead having three good headed opportunities on goal.
On 30 minutes Hessle broke quickly down their left-wing and after some good interplay the ball was crossed and calmly finished, to make it 2-0.
Hessle continued to cause Town problems with their pace and aggression; however Leon Dawson was still dangerous for Town, delivering some excellent balls from a wide left position.
Half time 0-2
Town changed shape and personnel at half time, with Dan McHale coming on for Max Thomas at the back, and switched to a more aggressive 4-3-3 formation. This seemed to have the desired effect, as Town pressed faster and higher up the pitch, giving the Hessle defence less tine on the ball. Muirhead and Stark both went close, and Town would now consider themselves on top.
However Hessle were always dangerous with their pace, and it was from a Town attack that the ball broke down. Hessle played a quick angled ball to the dangerous number 9, who was joined by his fast breaking team-mates. The ball was cut inside at the edge of Town’s penalty box and converted well by the ensuing attacker. It was a harsh blow for Town, who had pushed hard to get back in the game.
An excellent fourth goal was headed in after 75 minutes putting Hessle deservedly out of sight.
Manager Rich Jagger commented: “It was a harsh lesson for us tonight. We came up against a good Hessle side who were worthy winners on the night. I’ve said to the lads afterwards that the disappointing part of tonight’sperformance was the fact that they were more aggressive, faster and hungrier than us. If we are going to push on this season we need to add a ruthless streak to our game. It was pleasing to have Kegan Rose and Joe Norton come on in the second half and we have plenty of players pushing for a start this Saturday”
Town travel away to defending Champions Crown on Saturday (2nd September) 2pm KO at South Holderness School.