In-form Earlswood Town stretch their unbeaten run to five games
EARLSWOOD Town maintained their 100 per cent home record with a 4-2 win over Boldmere Falcons, stretching their unbeaten run to five games, reports Sam Collins.
After a quiet first 45, second-half goals from Ryan Froggatt, Tom Kinsey, Louis Bridges, Aaron O’Neill, Andy Matthews and an own goal made for an exciting finish to the game.
The Earls started brightly but soon came under pressure from the visitors, who dominated the first 20 minutes. Tom Reynolds and his backline remained strong despite Boldmere pushing forward in the early stages.
Louis Bridges gave Earlswood their only clear-cut chance midway through the first-half, curling the ball just over the bar from the edge of the box.
At the other end, Ojoahar Touaiti and Jake Coleman dictated the play in Boldmere’s attacking phases as they continued to bombard the Earls backline.
Goalkeeper Alistair Lewis was called into action and made a couple of strong saves towards the end of the first-half, as the Falcons looked the more likely team to score before the break.
After the break Earlswood stepped up their game and were immediately rewarded in the 48th minute when a cross into the box fell to Kinsey, who laid the ball to Froggatt and he hammered home from close range.
The Earls doubled their lead just seven minutes later as Kinsey again imposed himself in the box as he headed home from a corner.
The striker was becoming too much to handle for the opposition backline and he grabbed his second assist of the game, selflessly squaring the ball to Bridges, who tapped in comfortably for the third.
At 3-0 with 20 minutes to go the opposition looked out of it, that was until O’Neill pulled one back for the visitors with a sweet strike from close range.
Boldmere then found a second with just five minutes to go after a scramble in the box lead to Froggatt putting through his own net to bring Boldmere back into the contest at 3-2.
However, substitute Matthews made sure of the victory at the death after a good counter-attacking move saw Bridges head the ball across goal to his fellow striker, who helped it on its way into the back of the net.
The Earls will look to continue their impressive run of form on Saturday away at newly-promoted AFC Coventry Rangers (3pm kick-off).