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Town's Benson and Bertie are happy men after Saturday
‘Definitely a game of two halves’ was also Neil Benson’s summing up of Saturday’s game at Winklebury where New Street’s second half display all but brought them an unlikely point.
“I must give full credit to Matt’s squad as they applied themselves very well in the second half although I doubt if we will ever see another two own goals like those again in the same match.”
Benson was keen to emphasise the positives saying: “We were excellent in the first half and the three points keep us clear at the top of the league.
‘All five of the goals were well worked and came from wide play.”
It ended a good day for the Town club as the SW Counties side, including three Andover boys making their debuts in Zak Hine, Shane Reidy and Keiron LeBrun all played in the 3-0 win at Newport County which keeps them top of the league.
Coach Ron Bertie was naturally very pleased with his young side whose pass and move football was ideally suited to the 3G pitch at Newport.
“It was a good day and one of our goals even had the home supporters applauding, which can’t be bad.
Josh Bertie lined up at an unfamiliar left back position but had a field day and after an early penalty claim was turned down he linked with Hillary Ndagurwa before being brought down and Ed Chappe did the rest from the spot.
Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as this time County could not cope with the surging runs of right back Scott Munro and he was also brought down, leaving Chappe to again convert from the spot.
Oli Bailey then made it 3-0 following a nine man team move starting from keeper Mark Childs and ending with applause round the ground.
“There were some really exceptional performances from my team today” added Bertie. “Josh (Ron’s son) played really well and Scott Munro took on players all game. Owen Trapnell played his first game at this level and was outstanding while when Shane Reidy, Zak Hine and Keiron LeBrun were sent on they were all excellent.”
The SWCL side now have a week off as it is half term although a number will be in action elsewhere as the ESFA Colleges Cup match with Peter Symonds is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.