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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Beverley’s first draw of the season

Westella 0-0 Beverley Town (Saturday 25th Nov)

Town travelled to Haworth Park, back in league action after a three-week lay off. The pitch was heavy in places but the ground staff had done a good job in getting it playable, with some areas having been touch and go, due to water-logging.

Town welcomed back Ryan Saltmer after three months out with injury and started well, trying to play football on the heavy pitch, but without creating too many chances.

Beverley did go close after 25 minutes, when a long ball from Jordan Organ turned the Westella defence. Alex Stark thencut the ball back for Matty Littlefield, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the post. Littlefield fired a couple more shots in from long range; however the home keeper was rarely troubled.

At the other end, Westella never really troubled Town keeper Matty Spencer. The back three dealt well with any potential threat and half-time came with both teams locked at 0-0.

Westella came out for the second half with a bit more speed and aggression and enjoyed a good ten minute spell, but without any major attempts on goal. Both teams were battling hard to take control of the midfield and with the pitch now cutting up and heavier then ever, passing football was at a premium!

Town did go close on 58 minutes through Kurtis Bedford when he slid in at the back post, but the keeper came out andsaved, which lead to an altercation as Bedford wasn’t happy with the challenge. Minutes later he had to be substituted due to the injury picked up in the incident.

On came Max Thomas, followed by Aldo Hysenaj and Mobarak Ghanug, in an attempt to spark some creativity into the game. Town pushed hard but couldn’t get the goal, and the full time whistle went, resulting in a 0-0 draw, which was probably a fair result on the day.

Town manager Rich Jagger said: “It was difficult for either team to play much football on the heavy pitch today. Both teams worked hard, but neither of us created many chances. I was pleased with another clean sheet, which keeps our unbeaten league run going. After three weeks off it was nice to get some game time under our belts and also pleasing to see players returning from injury. It’s our first draw of the season, and in the grand scheme of things a point is better than nothing!”