The second meeting of the season between the 2 sides, as the first visit to Preston Park of the season for Town, was a 3-0 win over Broadfields in the Dudley Latham Trophy.
Town were looking to pick up those elusive first 3 points of the season.
Town lined up as follows: Kirkwood, Bryant Donkor, Murphy (C), Silford, Osborne, Webb, Fredericks, McClelland, Towell, Murrell.
Town started the game brightly, as they have done in most games, despite their recent form, and created some early opportunities with Towell and Murrell setting their sights on goal.
Brad Kirkwood made a stop after Broadfields caught Town napping, but it was routine for the Town shot-stopper.
Midway through the first period, Town took a deserved lead! Tom Silford carried the ball with ease in field before unleashing a drive that was palmed away by the goalkeeper, but only to the feet of Danny Webb, who tucked the ball home!
Town continued to cause the hosts problems, with Murrell showing some great feet to deliver a dangerous ball to McClelland, who’s ambitious volley went wide.
Broadfields could’ve gone into half-time level, when they’re front man broke clear of the Town’s rearguard, but couldn’t find the finishing touch when bearing down on Kirkwood’s goal.
The second half started and it don’t not follow the Town’s script.
Broadfields pulled a goal back just 5 minutes into the second period, after a goalmouth scramble. A very scrappy goal with bodies flying about everywhere.
Broadfields No.7 picked up a booking for a late challenge on Alfie Osborne.
Town looked to get themselves back in front and they did just that on the 63rd minute!
Danny Webb’s lofted pass fell into the path of James Towell, who rounded the on-rushing keeper with his first touch and slotted home with his second! A goal full of class from Towell.
Michael Donkor was then replaced by Les Barker, just before the restart.
From the restart, it took just 3 minutes for Broadfields to pull themselves level.
A free header in the box for Spinks, allowed him to guide his effort into the bottom right corner.
With the score-line at 2-2, Town went in search of a winner, with Aaron Murrell replaced by Ashton Campbell.
However, the next piece of action didn’t see the Town go in front...
It saw Broadfields go in front, for the first time in the contest.
A foul by Les Barker allowed No.9 to coolly finish his penalty straight down the middle.
With Town left somewhat deflated, they set about to try and find a leveller.
And they almost had it, when Ashton Campbell struck a fierce effort from a tight angle, but it cannoned off of the crossbar and back into play.
A short free-kick unlocked Town’s next chance, but there was no prize at the end of it, with Campbell’s curler going wide.
Tom Bryant entered the referee’s book for a high boot in the centre of the park, Town’s only card of the afternoon.
Town were applying lots of pressure to the Broadfields defence as time ticked on and chances did come.
But, they also went. Archie McClelland did well to beat his man with a nutmeg on the byline and he squared to Campbell, but he barely tested the keeper with a tame effort.
Tom Silford lined one up on the edge of the box, but again, it was straight at the keeper.
One last roll of the dice from Sweeney ad Copson, saw Kuda Butawo introduced for Dave Murphy.
With the game in added time, nerves were sinking in for Broadfields and Town had the ball in the back of the net!
However, the linesman’s flag was up. Tom Silford’s deflected rocket was kept out superbly by the goalkeeper. His save fell to McClelland, who turned the ball home, but much to his and Town’s frustration, the flag was raised.
That was the final chance of the game for Town and as Broadfields held on, the referee blew for full-time.
Another league defeat for Town, sees them with just 1 point from 7 league games.
They go again on Tuesday night however, as they travel to Second Meadow to take on Biggleswade United in the league.
A big game, with Town desperate to get those first 3 points on the board.
In other news, I’m on the Non-League Show with Ollie Bayliss on Tuesday before the game at Biggleswade! Live on BBC Three Counties from 6-7PM, before racing to Second Meadow hopefully for Kick Off! It would mean a lot if you could tune in!
Thank you for your support, we will hopefully see you there on Tuesday!