The Reserves returned to action at home to welcome Nuneaton Griff Reserves, on a bitter afternoon at the Trico Stadium, looking to build on their spirited performance the previous weekend.
The weather was not the only challenging factor this afternoon, as traffic congestion on route to the game delayed kick off by 15 minutes.
The game eventually got going, with The Reds on the front foot, looking to press the opposition high up the pitch and play with a high tempo to unsettle the away side. The Reds maintained their impressive start to the game, and were rewarded in the 25th minute, when holding midfielder Pritchard found himself in the box to slot the ball home like a natural centre forward to make it 1-0!
The Reds continued to be the superior team, with each player working hard to not allow the opposition players a second on the ball. Shortly after the first, The Reds’ relentless pressing paid off, as Joel McFarlane‘s pressured the opposition into scoring an own goal, to double the lead in the 30th minute. 2-0! Half time came with The Reds comfortably in the lead, and looking to add to their impressive first half performance.
Nuneaton Griff Reserves seemed to come out of the blocks slightly quicker in the second half, with The Reds unable to maintain their high tempo. The game become much more of an ‘end to end’ affair, with shot stopper and today’s Skipper, Adam Hancox, being called into action to pull off some impressive saves to keep the lead intact.
In the 75th minute, the visitors were reduced to 10 men, after receiving a straight red. However, this seemed to drive them on to put pressure on The Reds and search for the goal to get them back into the game. Their pressure was rewarded in the 85th minute, as they grabbed one back from a set piece to make things interesting for the remaining 5 minutes. 2-1. Despite a very nervy end to to the game, The Reds were able to hold on and secure victory!
A very positive performance and result for The Reserves, who continue their upturn in form. A high tempo and relentless pressing delivered the victory today, which The Reds hope to continue in the upcoming fixtures to maintain their form. An away trip to Worcester City Reserves is up next for The Reserves, in which they will hope to carry their performance into, in order to get a positive result.