Football: Bloods remain optimistic despite missed chances
PUBLISHED: 07:56 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:09 28 May 2010
SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN 0 GODMANCHESTER ROVERS 0 BLOODS assistant boss John Butchart remained positive as his side recorded their sixth successive draw, despite dominating Monday s Ridgeons League game against Godmanchester. It s good to be creating so many
SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN 0
GODMANCHESTER ROVERS 0
BLOODS assistant boss John Butchart remained positive as his side recorded their sixth successive draw, despite dominating Monday's Ridgeons League game against Godmanchester.
"It's good to be creating so many chances, we just need to start putting them away" said Butchart.
"We completely dominated the game, and had 14 good attempts on goal, while they had only two shots all game.
"The corner count was 9-1 in our favour, and we had them pinned back. Their keeper was superb."
The Bloods' luck was probably best summed up a minute from time when Steve Leys broke through the visitors' defence and hit an excellent shot which seemed destined for the far corner, only to see keeper Ian Baker somehow manage to tip the ball around the post to give his side a share of the spoils.
Sean Anderson was the first home player to go close when he fired just over in the sixth minute, and both Ben Riches and Brad Green forced good saves from Baker in the opening 30 minutes.
The Bloods did not have it all their own way, with Shane Banton sending a long-range effort just over, and Jason Harvey saving another long shot from Matt Peacock.
However, that was the sum total of the visitors' efforts, and as the first half drew to a close, Riches saw a corner well saved and Sean Anderson latched onto a fine Richard Chadwick ball before sending a powerful shot just wide of the upright.
The pressure on the Godmanchester goal was relentless after the break, with Riches twice going close, Chadwick seeing a fierce shot hooked off the line by Gary Smith and Baker doing well to save from Leys.
Alex Riches forced a pair of saves from Baker following corners in the space of four minutes, and both substitute Tom Richardson and Anderson went close before the Leys went agonisingly close to snatching the victory for the Bloods.
Bloods: J Harvey, D Wardley (M Wright), B Newman, A Riches, M Danbury, K Vallis (M Das), B Green ((T Richardson), S Anderson, B Riches, S Leys, R Chadwick. Unused subs: G Strong, G Lippiatt.
* The Bloods return to league action on Saturday when they travel to strugglers March Town United.
* Stansted's home Essex Senior League game against Basildon United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Monday.
The Airportmen return to action on Saturday when they visit the only side below them in the league, Hullbridge Sports in a game which will mark the midway point in Alan Penfold's team's league campaign.