Mursley United – 3
Old Bradwell United – 2
Mursley United beat Old Bradwell United on a glorious sunny Tuesday evening to climb up to second in the South Midlands Division Two table. Despite going behind early on they weathered the Bradwell storm and equalised before the break; a better start to the second period saw them take the lead and despite their visitors pinning them back found a winner fourteen minutes from time to leap frog their guests and after four games are one of only three times still unbeaten in the league.
Alex Feaver put Bradwell ahead in the second minute, a deep cross from the right was knocked back across goal by Aaron Bhasin and in the middle Feaver couldn’t miss from close range. The home side had their first effort on eight minutes when Adam Bone thumped a free kick straight into Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn’s gloves.
Opposite keeper Sam Jay then had to save bravely at the feet of Ross Butler as he sprung the Mursley offside trap, but there was nothing he could when Feaver tried his luck from twenty yards on fifteen minutes, but to his luck the ball crashed back off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.
Mursley then equalised on twenty-seven minutes, a ball down the right wing allowed Lewis Delahaye to get away from his marker, knock the ball past the advancing Jahn and slot into the empty net.
A free kick to the home side then saw a knock back across goal and Bone stuck out a boot and almost divert the ball home past the wrong footed Jahn, but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.
Feaver fired over from twenty-five yards, a Mursley free kick was then headed straight at Jahn by Ellis Spence, and in the final minute of the half a Bradwell counter attack saw Butler set free down their right before he crossed to Ben Green who off balance screwed his effort wide. H/T: 1-1
First chance of the second half saw Bhasin connect well with a cross field pass but he could only steer wide, before a Mursley corner was headed over by Spence. The home side enjoyed some lengths of possession and whilst several half chances were blocked in the box, Bone left footed high over the bar.
Just before the hour mark Delahaye scored his, and his sides second of the game, showing some strength inside the Bradwell area he went shoulder to shoulder with a marker but created enough space to fire into the bottom corner.
Another Mursley corner was then headed wide by Spence despite having two defenders in close attendance, before a slip in the home back line allowed Feaver in behind and his attempted lob over Jay saw the keeper back pedal before having to throw himself at the ball to fingertip around his post for a corner.
Old Bradwell got themselves level on seventy two minutes, a ball into the box saw defender and keeper both miss the cross and waiting in front of the empty net Green fired home.
Just as the visitors thought they’d got themselves back in the game, four minutes later they fell behind again, from far out on the right wing Oz Cribb floated a diagonal ball over to the back post where Santino Ciliberti got a shot away that eluded Jahn as he came out and somehow the ball rolled in.
Delahaye looking for his treble dribbled past three defenders before blazing over, and moments before the end Feaver looked to be in behind the Mursley defence but a superb recovery from Adam Moore saw him get in a vital block and the danger was gone. F/T: 3-2
After the game Mursley player / assistant manager Ellis Spence spoke to Sports Shots:
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