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Harry Gration BBC Look North  Sunday, January 13, 2002  20:02 GMT


PLANT....3 George Reserves....1

Broadford Plant extended their winning sequence to five games in a row with a hard fought victory against George Reserves.
Manager Alan Walker was forced into defensive changes with the late withdrawl of Martin Close with a knee injury sustained in training on Saturday morning. He reshuffled by pairing George Grant and Dave Tarren as centre backs and bringing Tim Underwood in at right back.
Plant started brightly with Dominic Fitzgerald looking lively on the right hand side, but the best early chance fell to George Reserves when a bit of hesitant defending allowed one of their strikers to go clean through but he shot wide when he should have at least tested Andy Netts in Plants goal. Plant though were soon in front when a hopeful ball into the box found Ali Faisal and his looped back header decieved the keeper floating over him and into the top right hand corner of the net.
Plant continued to dominate the half and created the better chances, Danny Burke had several long range efforts which by his own high standards he should have done better with, and Phil Carter had a chance when he should also have done better but failed to control a difficult ball.
Plant led at the break and the makeshift defence was standing up well to all George Reserves could muster with George Grant playing particularly well in his unacustomed role which he himself does not like playing.
The second half was a different affair with Plant seemingly relaxing early on and allowing their opponents back into it, a key factor in this was a knock picked up by Alan Miller in the early stages of the half, and the midfield area seemed to suffer as he played on with his injury until he was replaced by Chris Fitton on seventy minutes.
Plant rode their luck in the early part of the half but had the ideal opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot but George Grant , normally so deadly from the spot, mis hit his shot straight at the keeper forcing him into an easy save. Plant though didnt let the setback get to them and did double their lead on 73 minutes when a Danny Burke through ball to Phil Carter was clinically finished from just inside the box. Plant then went further ahead with ten minutes to go when Faisal raced down the right hand side and his low cross was forced in by a George defender.
George Reserves then got a consolation goal in the dying minutes when a corner wasnt cleared properly and a low shot from outside the box went through a crowd of bodies giving Netts no chance. Plant then dug deep and as George Reserves tried to reduce the defecit but the defence held strong.
A pleased Alan Walker said after the game ' This is a pleasing way to start after the Christmas break as usually players are a bit rusty but the boys today didnt show much of that and we continued where we left off, the makeshift defence were outstanding with Grant and Underwood superb'


Team - Netts, Underwood, Ryan, Tarren, G.Grant, Stewart, Miller (sub Fitton 70), Fitzgerald, Burke (sub G.Walker 78) Faisal, Carter

Faisal 23
Carter 73
Own Goal 80

Half Time - 1-0
Full Time - 3-1

Yellow Cards - None
Red Cards - None

Attendance - 18

Man of the Match - Tim Underwood
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