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Battyeford Close In On Promotion

James Tracey  Tuesday, April 17, 2001  11:45 GMT

Yew Tree 1 V 1 Battyeford Res

Battyeford claimed an important point last Tuesday against promotion rivals Yew Tree. Battyeford had availability problems which gave starts for Matt Shaw, Nigel Saddington and James Tracey and all three A team players played well in a hard fought match. Yew Tree took an early lead, but Adam Gleghorn scored a terrific 25 yarder into the top corner to level the scores before half time. The game was marred by an angry clash between players from both sides after Saddington left a high, late boot on the Tree keeper, but the referee jkept control well and the game never boiled over. Battyeford had chances to win the game, notably Gleghorn who miskicked from 8 yards and Tracey in the last minute who shot wide when he really should have scored. The game could have gone the other way when Dave Gomersal handled in the area, but Merryman saved the penalty to keep the scorelines level. The result kept Battyeford above Yew Tree and with their games in hand should be sufficient to keep Yew Trees challenge at Bay.

Battyeford: Merryman 7, Pickford 7, Greaves 7, Gomersal 7, Shaw 7, MIDGLEY 7, Tracey 7, Saddington 7, P.Bould 6, Rogerson 7, Gleghorn 7
Subs Not Used: G.Bould

Brighton 1 v Battyeford 2

Battyeford claimed another win under Graham Pickford, and again had to battle out a result against strong opposition. Dave Dolby and John Rhodes returned to the side ahead of Shaw and Saddington, and Newman replaced the sick Gleghorn upfront. The first half was without many clear chances as a strong wind may conditions difficult, Tracey came close with a 20 yard lob that eventually curled wide and Rogerson also could have opened the scoring but he was challeged well before shooting. In the second half Battyeford pressed and Tracey's poor touch denied him a goal when he really should have done better, but the misses were not to be rued. as Rogerson again showed his strength and lashed home his 7th goal in 5 games. Brighton almost equalised immediately, and a fine save from Merryman set of the counter attack which culminated in Newman stabbing home the second, 2-0. Battyeford made two subs, with Shaw and Saddington replacing Tracey and Rogerson, and Saddington had an immediate impact, at the wrong end, scoring an own goal with 8 minutes to go. Leigh Merryman produced to great saves at the death to deny Brighton a point they possibly deserved. but Battyeford are now looking very strong and promotion is looking very likely.

Battyeford: MERRYMAN 8, Pickford 5, Greaves 6, Rhodes 7, Midgley 7, Tracey 6 (Shaw 6), Bould 6, Dolby 6, Martin 7, Rogerson 7 (Saddington 6) Newman 6
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