Both Sides of the Tamar Posted April 5 Report Share Posted April 5 Saltash United 3 Bridgwater United 1 A superb second half performance turned the game around following a tight first half which the visitors edged on chances and the scoreline. 5 minutes in a out-swinging free kick is headed home by Spence for the visitors. A poor goal to concede. The missing Callum O'Brien might have been useful at that juncture! Another header a few minutes later brought a regulation save from Duffey in the Ashes goal. Just like the Barum game I went to recently, a slow start enabled the visitors to gain the upper hand. Really strange not to see the Ashes on the front foot from the start! The first Ashes chance saw Smith hit the base of the post on 28 Minutes. As the first half wore on Saltash came more into the game but no clear cut opening created and Bridgy back line looking organised and resolute. Two Smith headers from close in - in the 54th and 67th minutes - saw the Ashes second half total dominance rewarded and put them in front. Another fierce drive was pushed away by Phillips in visitors goal in the 58th minute and on 62 minutes Smith powers into the box and tumbles to the floor. In truth, rightly a well timed tackle rather than a penalty. At this point Saltash were well on top but the best was to come. On 73 minutes a jinking run into the box, slaloming past Bridgy defenders followed by a very patient and cool finish from Harrison Davis provided the moment of the match. A super goal. The midfield so ineffective in the first half were well in control now. For me Davis and Watson were standout players in the middle of the park. I've always been a fan of the latter and consider him one of the WL's best midfielders. The lack of goals from Watson is the only thing that stops him playing at a higher level and why he may have ended up surplus to requirements at Tavi. The Ashes continued to dominate and never let Bridgwater have a sniff in the latter stages of the game. Don't know who was deemed MOTM, but everyone was superb for the Ashes in the second half. I've seen Saltash possibly 7 or 8 times this season. In a number of games, Ashes have come from behind to win. They just do not accept defeat! Great team ethic, commitment and a fair helping of talent. Sometimes they go long too often aiming for Smith and Carter. They aren't as easy on the eye as Mousehole. I think the latter's squad is stronger and (as it stands currently) more likely to make a greater impact in the Southern League should they both make it. A really good evenings entertainment. I liked the look of the No 3 for Bridgwater - has a touch of Stuart Pearce about him. Being an NFFC fan that is, of course, a very good thing. A very robust no-nonsense defender. The only downside was I was meant to be going to Priory Park - I missed a Blues 9-0 away win. Grrrr!! Tavi tonight and back to the sexy football at Lux Park on Friday! JonColenzo, Dave Deacon and RAPPO 2 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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