BBFC 1sts 3-0 Ore Athletic
Battle Baptist 1st Team entertained Ore Athletic at Battle Rec, which was still soft from the long winter. With two teams at different ends of the division, and with Ore Athletic struggling to start with 11 players, the outcome of the match could have been predictable on paper. Battle started well, looking confident on the ball and moving it quickly as they dominated possession from the off. However Ore showed character from early on, working tirelessly and putting their bodies on the line to protect their goal.
Just as frustrations were staring to kick in, Tom Saunders rose above the Ore defence to powerfully head past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Battle had numerous chances to increase their lead, including Ollie Jeffs hitting the crossbar and Adam Staplehurst being stopped by a couple of neat saves. The defence of Rudwick, Rafati, Loughman, Saunders and Jeffs had little to do all game, but were often the start of waves of attacks through the orange team, as the first half ended 1-0.
In the second half the Baptists came out with the intention of moving the ball quickly and directly, using our wide men wide more and more. Harry Loates and Ollie Norris on the flanks worked hard all afternoon, stretching the Ore side as they struggled to cope with the pace and crosses. Luck appeared to be in Ore’ s favour as more chances were cleared by heroic defending and countless corners narrowly missing the target. On Grand National Day, the odds would have been high for the next goal to come through skipper Jeffs, but his 20 yard pile driving into the bottom left corner finally gave Battle the killer goal that was long overdue. From then on the game really opened up, and shortly after Josh Pickering’s introduction, his link up play with the ever-creative Adam Higgins-Gooch, led to a fine top corner finish from Pickering to make it 3-0.
With Adam Staplehurst moving back in to defence after a good game up top, the central midfield of Glen Carrick and Kieran Mayhew continued to dominate, as they had done for 90 minutes. In the last few minutes Ryan Souter came on to make his first team debut, and fitted well into the team and caused problems straight away.
It finished 3-0 and all in all was a dominant performance for the Baptists and another 3 points as they continue their league campaign. Credit to Ore Athletic for their work rate and commitment all afternoon. Battle return to cup action this coming Wednesday with a home semi final against League rivals, Hollington United. It is a 6.30pm kick off at Battle Rec so come along and support.