Bury Town 1 Hamlet 3
Great day out, starting with the 1044 off King's Cross and arriving back there approximately twelve hours later. Our team made heavy weather of beating the weakest side in the division (one win since October) but ultimately got the job done.
The pitch didn't look too bad, but was rather bobbly and not really conducive to playing our best football. The team selection looked like a bit of a kneejerk reaction to last week's heavy defeat with Carew & Dixon both dropped from midfield and replaced by James & Samuels. With Abnett presumably unfit Forbes shifted to right back and Kamara came in at centre back for his first league start since November; Clunis was still missing and Makofo moved to left wing with Ottaway coming in at centre forward. The changes extended to using the quirky South American vogue of allocating shirt numbers 2 & 3 to the centre backs, 4 & 6 to the fullbacks, and 5 playing in midfield.
Hamlet had the better openings of a mediocre first half, interrupted by a ten minute break while a replacement linesman was found, but on several occasions our players misfired in front of goal. The breakthrough came from a free kick around forty yards out, floated into the box and headed down by Ottaway for Makofo to beat the keeper with a deadly first time shot into the far corner.
After half time it looked like we were getting on top, and we had the ball in the net again following a corner but the referee disallowed it for a supposed foul; looking across from near the corner flag the keeper was too slow coming off his line for a 50/50 ball and didn't get there first. To make matters worse Bury went straight down the other end from their free kick and equalised within seconds. I always felt we'd regain the ead eventually, but when we did so it was something of a gift. A wayward backpass eluded the keeper,who had strayed well off his line, the ball trundled towards the goal across the sticky surface, and Ottaway threw himself to force it over the line from a yard out before the keeper could get back to stop it. A third goal from Pinnock, swivelling inside a crowded box and firing in off the post, made the game safe. That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bury and a couple fo their players were booked in the closing stages for rather nasty and unnecessary fouls.
Team (4-2-3-1): Wilson - Forbes(c), Kamara, Pinnock, Shaw - Samuels, James - Wanadio, Vidal, Makofo - Ottaway.
Subs used: Carew (for Kamara), Dixon (for Makofo), McDonald (for Vidal). Not used: Jarrett, Hibbert.