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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Magnificent 7 for Beverley
Hessle Rangers 1 – 7 Beverley Town (Saturday September 1st)
Town went into this game on the back of two good wins, looking to keep momentum going. And in the baking heat it has to be said they struggled in the opening 20 minutes. However, against the run of play, it was Beverley who took the league as Kegan Rose popped up with his first goal of the season after a strike from outside the area crept past the Hessle keeper.
Hessle equalised only eight minutes later as Town switched off and let the Hessle striker run from midfield unnoticed. This prompted Town Manager Rich Jagger to tweak the formation, and almost immediately it paid dividends, as Ben Fletcher played a fantastic one/two down the right flank and slotted home from eight yards out for his first goal of the season.
Half time 1-2
Town were determined to get on the front foot from the word go after the break and on 47 minutes Craig Muirhead volleyed home a third after a sublime cross from skipper Nathan White, who was filling in at left back. Town were now in full control of the game, with Ryan Saltmer marshalling the defence superbly, and the likes of Ben Fletcher and Leon Dawson causing all sorts of problems.
Joe Norton added the fourth goal after some great work down the right; Muirhead then added a 5th, and put the game out of sight.
Unfortunately with 20 minutes to go, and all three subs used, Town’s flying winger Leon Dawson picked up a hamstring injury, and Town had to play the rest of the game with 10 men.
This didn’t cause a problem though as the fresh legs were desperate to make an impact on the game, which they definitely did. Aldo Hysenaj never stopped running at the Hessle defence, and scored a well deserved goal, curling into the corner from the edge of the 18 yard box.
With five minutes left, Craig Muirhead broke down the right wing and Joe Baxter, making his first team Humber Premier League debut, sprinted the length of the pitch to arrive at the back post and volley calmly past the keeper from Muirhead’s perfect cross.
Full time Hessle Rangers 1-7 Beverley Town
Manager Rich Jagger was delighted with the result. He told us: “After the opening 20 minutes we really came to life, and I thought it was an excellent performance from all 14 that played today. We played with energy and control against a team that we have really struggled against in the past. I thought Ben Fletcher and Joe Norton were particularly outstanding, but like I said, to a man I thought the whole team were excellent today”
Next up it’s another away trip to Reckitts on Saturday.
Meanwhile AFC Walkington were without a game at the weekend, but hope to repeat Beverley’s winning ways when they travel to Hessle this coming Saturday