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Local football: Disappointing day for Beverley

East Riding Rangers 2-1 Beverley Town (Saturday October 7)

Town went into this game looking to bounce back from last week’s cup defeat and welcomed back Matty Littlefield and Stu Oliver into the side. Despite that they were still missing Jordan Organ, Leon Dawson and Ryan Saltmer through injury and Tom Davies, Joe Norton and Dan McHale through unavailability.

Town were slow out of the blocks on a tricky surface and East Riding took the lead soon after the start. A kick from the keeper’s hands went straight over Town’s centre half and the East Riding striker finished calmly past Mathew Spencer.

Town were struggling to get any sort of grip on the game; East Riding were quicker to the ball and more determined to get their noses in front. Town couldn’t get any patterns of play going and struggled to string two passes together.

East Riding went 2-0 up on 30 minutes, when Town’s defence were turned by a cross-field ball; the striker ran in behind and again finished calmly in the bottom corner.

Town carved out a couple of attacks down the right-hand side, with winger Aldo Hysenaj creating two good opportunities. However they couldn’t be converted and Town went in at half time 2-0 down.

Town started the second half a lot brighter, with a higher tempo all over the pitch. Desperate to get back into the game Town now enjoyed the majority of possession, and Alex Stark took advantage by slotting home from 12 yards out on 60 minutes.

Town continued to try everything to get back in the game. However to East Riding Rangers’ credit, they defended well and dealt with everything Town threw at them.

The game was played out with further incident and East Riding claimed a deserved victory.

Town manager Rich Jagger said:  “The first half performance was our worst of the season. Disappointingly we were out fought all over the pitch, we didn’t pass the ball and just weren’t at the races. Second half we tried to get back in the game, but credit to East Riding they held firm and deserved the win in the end. We have to pick ourselves up and go again next week as we have a senior cup tie at Cranswick against Chalk Lane, and I have no doubt the lads will want to bounce back”