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Local football: Injury-hit Town lose out

Chalk lane 3-1 Beverley Town (Saturday 16th September)

Town made the short journey to Hull University to face a Chalk Lane side still looking for their first home win of the season. Town’s injury woes continued as Nathan White missed the game due to a groin strain and Alex Stark sat on the bench nursing an arm problem.

The game was even in the first 15 minutes with both sides looking to get the ball down and play football.  Town had the greater possession; however it was Chalk who took the lead on 25 minutes when Town defender Dan McHale brought down striker Scott Phillips in the box.  The big striker picked himself up and calmly slotted the penalty home.

Town continued to probe without creating too many clear cut chances.  Craig Muirhead, back in the side after injury, was causing problems to the Chalk back four and Joe Norton and Jordan Organ linked up well on several occasions.

Chalk made it 2 – 0 on 37 minutes, with a fine solo goal from Mark Griffin.  Griffin picked the ball up in the right back position, advanced down the wing, past a number of Town players and eventually squeezed the ball in at the keeper’s near post.

Half time 2-0 

Similar to last week, Town came out of the blocks firing, and pulled a goal back on 50 minutes. After some great work by Jordan Organ, Craig Muirhead fired home from 10 yards. 

Town were now in full flow and Chalk were struggling to get a foot in the game.  Organ and Muirhead both went close and it seemed like only a matter of time before Town would equalise .  Muirhead then had Town’s best chance of the game, a one-on-one with the keeper , who made a fine save low to his left-hand side.

On 74 minutes Chalk delivered the killer blow.  As Town continued to push for the equaliser, the ball broke down Town’s left hand side.  In a swift counter attacking move, Chalk finished from the edge of the 18 yard box to make it 3-1.

Town continued to push for a goal and the introduction of Mist and Southgate created problems for Chalk, however Town couldn’t make the break through.

Full time chalk lane 3-1 Beverley Town

Manager Rich Jagger was positive after the game: “It was another one of those games where we’ve played well, had a lot of possession, created a few chances , but not got anything from it.  Fair play to Chalk, who were disciplined and clinical in front of goal.  It is a bit frustrating because we played some great stuff at times, but if you aren’t ruthless both in defence and attack you won’t win anything.