Beverley Town 2 – 2 East Riding Rangers
Beverley went into this game on the back of a good win and some excellent performances.
Town started well and took the game to Rangers at every opportunity. The front three of Muirhead, Mist and Littlefield were causing all sorts of problems with their pace and movement, and after numerous chances Muirhead put Town 1-0 up on 11 minutes following a shot from Matty Littlefield.
Town continued to create numerous chances, full-backs Ben Thomson and Shaun Day getting forward time and time again and linking well with the front 3. However at times Town were a little open at the back, and Rangers made them pay when the Town defence failed to deal with a lose ball and the striker calmly slotted into the bottom corner to make it 1-1 against the run of play.
To their credit Town stuck to their task and continued to create chance after chance. Nathan Mist was enjoyed plenty of the ball, running at the full back and linking well with Muirhead and Littlefield. Towns second goal came on 34 minutes when Craig Muirhead clipped a delightful chip over the keeper, which came back of the bar and Matty Littlefield followed in to smash the ball into the back of the net.
Town continued to push for another goal, Muirhead going close again, Nathan White headed wide and Kegan Rose shot over in a spell that caused East Riding all sorts of problems. However Town couldn’t make it pay and went in at half time 2-1 up.
Town started the second half in the same manner, and continued to create chances. However after the hour mark, the resilient Rangers side were still in the game, and they started to have a bigger say in proceedings. Town were pegged back for long spells, failed to keep the ball and create chances in behind the Rangers defence. That said the defence coped well and keeper Spencer didn’t have many saves to make.
With 8 minutes remaining Town conceded a free kick just inside their own half, a long ball was hoisted into the box, and Rangers number 4, unmarked, headed calmly into the top corner.
Town tried desperately to get back into the lead, but chances had dried up and full time came without any further incidents.
Full Time 2-2.
Manager Rich Jagger reflected on the result “for an hour of this game we were excellent, we created loads of chances, played some great stuff and could have gone in at half time 4-1 up. It’s probably the best I’ve seen us play this season. However the last half hour we struggled to keep hold of the ball, and credit to Rangers they stayed in the game and got their rewards at the end. We need to grind out a result and dig deep when the going gets tough, to be honest I thought we had done that today but it wasn’t to be! If we continue to play like we did in the first hour for the rest of the season we will cause teams a lot of problems”