Unbeaten run ends for Town
Alcester Town hosted last years champions Claverdon on Saturday. Town went into the game unbeaten, with the visitors having an in different start to the season. Town started brightly, knocking the ball about and trying to create some openings. Neither side created many chances in the opening 15 minutes with most of the play in the middle of the park. However some excellent work from Callum Law, picked out young Jake Webb who was recalled to the starting line up at the back post. Webb cut inside his man and fired Town into the lead. This didn’t seem to knock the away sides confidence who started to pressure Towns back line, without finding the net. 15 mins before half time a strong challenge in the middle of the park led to pacy Tom Daniels having to depart. The game was stopped for a good 15 minutes due to the injury which seemed to distract Town. Following the restart Claverdon found the equaliser.
Town changed there formation to try and counteract Claverdons strong midfield 3 and introduced Luke Williams. Williams started brightly and tried to increase the tempo and get Town back to their passing game. However Town suffered a blow when they conceded a second from a corner. Claverdon seemed to take control of the game for the next 10 mins. However Town managed to start creating some chances and putting pressure on Claverdons back four. The pressure finally took its toll when on the counter attack following some excellent defending from Dan Blake, found Williams who threaded a delightful pass through to Cox who fired home the equaliser. Town were back in the driving seat, however poor concentration allowed Claverdon to regain the goal advantage as they scored a few minutes after the re start. With Town pushing for an equaliser Claverdon manage to get another leaving Town and uphill battle in the final 20 minutes of the half losing 4-2. Leon Blundell did manage to get Town back into the game with an excellent strike. Town couldn’t manage to find the equaliser and were caught on the break when Claverdon sealed the victory with a goal just before the end of the game. Final score Alcester Town Reserves 3, Claverdon 5.
Hodgetts said after the defeat, “We always knew today would be tough. Claverdon have a very good side and I was surprised by there early season form. We will learn a lot from the game today. We set such high standards early on this season and we just need to try and get back to those standards. My lads gave it everything today and we were just beaten by a better and stronger side. The lads never gave up and last season I am sure we would have. They have shown character and they will need that character when we take on Henley next week. I will know more about my squad next week to see how they react and how they approach the game. Henley are another good side and we will have to be at it from the first minute if we want to get 3 points. We have a tough month, but then again whoever you play in this league it is tough. The results we have seen this season are very interesting, anyone can beat anyone. We are in a good position and losing sometimes isn’t a bad thing as you don’t have that target on your back anymore. Teams always want to be the first to bea5 you so that has gone now.”
Town head to Henley Forest next Saturday in a top of the table clash.