Town faced South Cave for the second week running, looking to make amends for last week’s disappointing defeat.
Manager Rich Jagger changed the formation to a more attacking 4-3-3 system, bringing Joe Norton into a central midfield role and giving young central defender Max Thomas his first-team debut in place of the injured Ryan Saltmer.
Town started the first half with great speed and purpose and immediately had South Cave on the back foot. Jordan Organ was enjoying a great deal of attacking possession down the right-hand side. On 20 minutes Matty Littlefield stung the keepers’ hands with a great strike from 20 yards, and 10 minutes later Joe Norton went even closer, but again the keeper tipped the long-range shot round the post.
Town had no less than 10 corners but as half time approached it appeared their domination would not be rewarded with a goal. However, on 44 minutes Craig Muirhead curled a brilliant free-kick into the bottom corner from 25 yards to give town the lead they deserved.
Half time 1-0
South Cave came out in the second half looking to get back into the game, and enjoyed some good early possession without creating too many chances. Town centre-half Danny McHale was on fine form not only defending well but using the ball wisely too. As the game progressed Town saw less and less of the ball, the energy and purpose of the first half seemed to have disappeared, South Cave were now on top. However Town were defending very well, and keeper Mathew Spencer was rarely troubled.
On 65 minutes Will Harrison came on to replace the injured Shaun Day, giving the youngster his first team debut.
With 15 minutes to go South Cave took advantage of a mistake by Town, the ball was given away in the midfield area, and with the defence out of position, Cave punished Town by slotting calmly into the bottom corner.
Town tried hard to get their noses in front again, but the second half performance didn’t match that of the first, and the game ended with honours even.
Full time 1-1
Manager Rich Jagger reflected on the performance at full-time “first half we were excellent, we approached the game with a much better mentality, and to be honest I thought we should have been 3-0 up at half time. However second half we couldn’t maintain that level of performance, and at times I think we gave the ball away too easily. That said there were a lot of positives to take from the game, and I hope we can build on this point to put a good run together in the league.”