Mayfield 1-3 BBFC II

Goals from Ben KempnerFrazer Discala and James Williams secured all 3 points for the Baptists second string away to Mayfield.

On a very untrustworthy surface the Baptists game plan was to get the ball forward and press the Mayfield back four into making mistakes in the last third. This worked well with chances falling to the triple strike threat of Finlay GarlickAaron Davies and Discala in the first quarter without any being converted.

The scoring was opened on 21 minutes. A cross in to the box was met with a crisply taken right foot volley by Kempner.
Mayfield were back on terms barely 5 minutes later after a somewhat harshly awarded penalty.

The Baptists were unbowed and continue a high pressing game using the slight slope to their advantage.

The lead was established again on 35 minutes. Ryan Souter won a 50/50 challenge on the edge of the box. Aaron Jamison got to the second ball first with a well judge header over the defence where Discala was on hand to finish with a volley past the keeper.

Into the second half, Mayfield started the stronger and were working hard, pressing the Baptists back into their own half for longer periods. The back four of Kempner, Chris WakefordRhys Bennettd Williams were more than a match for the Mayfield strike force, especially their wily number 9, restricting them to half chances only.

The evergreen midfield pairing of Andy Mills and Jamie Crouch ably assisted by striker turned midfielder Ryan Souter were nullifying any threat and creating opportunities for the away sides hard working strike force.

The game was made safe with 10 minutes left to play. Finlay Garlick held the ball up well as he traversed the edge of the penalty area. At precisely the right moment he found the overlapping James Williams in behind the last man, who finished calmly into the opposite corner.

The win goes a long way to securing Div 2 status next season for the Baptists. Whilst still not in their own hands, relegation rivals Wittersham lost both games yesterday in a double header against Sov Saints. The Baptists entertain Wittersham at the rec in their next fixture on 21st April in a must win game.