Dogged Minch show their bite
Stroud & District League Division 5
Longford Reserves 0
Minchinhampton FC 2
A DOGGED team performance saw Minchinhampton return from a tough game against Longford Reserves with all three points and a clean sheet from a 2-0l victory.
In difficult wet and windy conditions but with the elements in their favour Minchinhampton dominated the first half and eventually took a deserved lead when Giles Arnold bundled home a Tom Dyer corner at the back post.
Soon after Tom Dyer thought he had doubled the lead when he fired home after he intercepted a driven shot into the box from Tom Stephenson but a late flag adjudging him marginally offside saw the effort chalked off.
Undeterred, Minchinhampton pressed on and another smart finish from Giles Arnold gave the visitors a two goal advantage going into the half time break.
Having to defend against the wind and driving rain in the second period, Minchinhampton expected a Longford onslaught but solid defensive work right through the team from front to back stifled any comeback.
Indeed it was Minchinhampton who came closest to extending their lead with efforts from Luke Palmer, Tom Stephenson, Jose Guerracampo and late on Joe Cox all drawing good saves from the Longford keeper.
A determined al- round team performance in which Andy Thomas earned the man of the match plaudits snuffing out any Longford forays forward.
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