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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Town playing with great confidence

Beverley Town 4-1 East Riding Rangers (Saturday March 24)

Town went into this game full of confidence after their last game victory over league leaders Chalk Lane. Manager Rich Jagger was without Stu Oliver and Craig Muirhead, but welcomed new signing Michael O`Connell into the squad.

Town started brightly, playing out from the back and keeping good possession in midfield.  Alex Stark was causing problems in behind and his pace was a constant threat.

Town deservedly took the league on 10 minutes, when a good break down the left created space for Leon Dawson and from just inside  the 18 yard box he fired in hard and low across the keeper to make it 1-0- to Town.

East Riding re-grouped and put Town under pressure on the ball.  Town didn’t react well, giving the ball away easily and conceding a number of corners.  Kegan Rose cleared off the line from a dangerous East Riding header and keeper Spencer was called into action to make a couple of fine saves.

Town then made a tactical switch, with Joe Norton swapping wings and Nathan White dropping into midfield, pushing Jordan Organ up front in his place, and this had an immediate impact.

The ball was played down the left channel to Organ, who held the ball up really well and linked up with Leon Dawson in midfield.  Dawson played the ball out wide right to Norton, who take a couple of touches and fired the ball into the top corner from 30 yards out!

Half time 2-0 Town

East Riding changed to a 3-4-3 at half-time, trying to get back into the game and, as expected, went directly to put pressure on Town.

However, the Beverley defence held strong, with the back three of Bedford, McHale and Fitzgerald solid and dealing with balls fired into the box very well.  East Riding had two free kicks on the edge of the box in quick succession, but again the wall held strong and danger was averted.

On 70 minutes Leon Dawson made it 3-0 to Town. After another good break down the right-hand side, Dawson cut inside and finished powerfully into the bottom corner from 20 yards out, giving the keeper no chance.

Town made it 4-0 on 80 minutes when Michael O`Connell picked up the ball on the left-hand side after a defensive mix up and from 25 yards out fired into the bottom corner of the goal.

East Riding did grab a consolation goal on 84 minutes, when Dan McHale inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.

Town manager Rich Jagger was pleased with the performance and the result. “We played some good stuff in spells today, but at other times were a little sloppy.  However, overall I’m really pleased with the result.  I said to both Leon Dawson and Joe Norton I wanted goals from them today, so it was pleasing that they both got on the score sheet.

“We have five games left, including Walkington & Scullies, so it’s going to be an interesting battle right to the end of the season. And with the semi-final coming up soon against Hull City, there’s still plenty to play for.”