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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Great cup win for Beverley

Beverley Town 2-1 Chalk Lane (East Riding Senior Cup, October 14)

Town went into this game looking to bounce back from a poor defeat last weekend. Manager Rich Jagger brought Kurtis Bedford into the side and changed to a 3-5-2 formation, in an attempt to get a reaction from his players.

Town started well, clearly up for the game and determined to get back to winning ways. The tackles were flying in, as the game was played at fast pace, which seemed to suit Town. On 15 minutes Town were definitely the side on top, with Stu Oliver delivering numerous quality balls into the box, helped by the wind, but Town could not quite convert.

Right wing-back Joe Norton was causing problems attaching down the flank, while Stark and Littlefield up front worked tirelessly to create an opening, but the clear cut chances would just not come.

On 30 minutes Town skipper Nathan White suffered a nasty cut to his forehead, following an accidental clash with Chalk’s midfielder. With blood streaming from the wound it didn’t look good for White; however his grit and determination to carry on saw him patched up and back on the pitch in no time. This optimised the attitude throughout the team, and seemed to give Town more desire to go and get the result.

Half time 0-0

The second half started pretty much in the same vein. However Chalk, after making a half-time substitution, did start to influence the game more, getting the ball wide and delivering some quality balls into the box.

Town weathered the storm and started to take control of the midfield again. And it was against the run of playthat Chalk went 1-0 up, after Town’s keeper brought down Scott Phillips inside the box. The ref correctly awarded a penalty and Phillips stepped up to calmly slot home.

Credit to Town that they didn’t let this affect them, and on 70 minutes the scores were level. Left wing-back Karl Fitzgerald delivered a fantastic, curled, cross and Kurtis Bedford was on hand to head home from inside the six yard box.

Town were again on the front foot. On 78 minutes Kurtis Bedford again headed home at the back post, but the assistant ruled it offside and the goal was disallowed.

On 82 minutes Town took a deserved lead, when Aldo Hysenaj calmly fired home from the edge of the 18 yard box. Alex Stark then struck the bar on 87 minutes, and Town saw the game out to progress into the next round.

Beverley manager Rich Jagger commented: “We thoroughly deserved the win today. Everyone showed a lot of effort and desire to put things right from last week. Kurtis Bedford was excellent, and the wing backs worked exceptionally hard in a position relatively new to them. Overall, to a man, it was a much better performance. We look forward to the next round and hope to get one of the big clubs.”