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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Town punished for missed chances

Crown 2-1 Beverley Town (Saturday 2nd September)

Town came into this game looking to bounce back after a heavy mid-week defeat.  Manager Rich Jagger made four changes, bringing in Tom Davies, Nathan White, Kegan Rose and Joe Norton to the starting 11.

Town started well, showing energy and bite in midfield, and  wide-men Leon Dawson and Joe Norton causing problems.  However, it was Crown who took the lead on 11 minutes, when Alex Reveley headed home from a corner relatively unchallenged. 

Town responded well, taking control of the midfield and causing numerous problems for the Crown defence.  On 20 minutes Leon Dawson curled an inviting cross to the back post that was headed home by skipper Nathan White.

Town were now pushing hard for the second goal. Craig Muirhead had a great opportunity from a a one-on-one with the keeper, but his shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded to safety.  Joe Norton then went close after another one-on-one with the keeper, but his effort was well saved.  

At the back Dan McHale and Tom Davies were keeping a lid on the occasional attack from Crown, and Town’s keeper was pretty much a spectator.  However, Town couldn’t take advantage of their superiority and went in at half time level at 1-1.

Town started the second half slowly, and were guilty of switching off on 47 minutes. Crown broke away down the left-hand side, a ball was crossed to the far post and Crown’s winger slotted home at the near post.

This was a blow for Town who had been on top for most of the game.  Dawson was replaced due to injury and Town continued to look for that equalising goal.  However Crown were determined in their defence and showed their champion’s qualities by stifling the game and making life difficult for Beverley.

On 60 minutes the game got heated when the referee awarded a foul against Jordon Organ; several players got involved from both sides, but the only card given was a yellow to Town’s Organ.

Town made two final changes bringing George Southgate and Shaun Gibson on, but Crown held firm to take all three points.

Rich Jagger reflected on the result after the game: “We are disappointed to not come away with something from the game today.  I thought we were the better side, played good football, created chances, and had a lot more bite all around the pitch. However it was a similar story to last season  . . . we played well, missed chances and get punished! We’ve got to take the positives out of it though. If we play like that and just get the rub of the green in front of goal, we will be dangerous.”