Uttoxeter Town 4 v 1 Foley
UTTOXETER Town made it two wins out of two with a comfortable victory against a spirited Foley outfit in front of another impressive crowd at Oldfields last Wednesday.
Manager Mark Grimley kept the same side that had defeated Hilton Harriers a week earlier and it was Town who made the perfect start after only seven minutes.
Striker Lee Bagley found space on the left edge of the area and after some neat footwork the front-man had powered his way past the keeper and was able to finish superbly from the tightest of angles.
It was no less than Town had deserved, with Bagley and strike partner Tommy Smith both causing havoc for the Foley back line in the opening minutes.
Town, however, were never at their fluent best and Foley began to keep possession as the half wore on without really creating any clear cut chances as the centre back pairing of Jason Beardsley and Chris Richards marshalled the visiting forwards well.
With 35 minutes on the clock Town grabbed the crucial second, Lamburn and Smith combined well down the right before the latter darted into the area and was hauled to the floor by covering defender Matt Wooliscroft.
The referee had no option other than to point to the spot and Smith quickly dusted himself down before ramming in his second of the season from 12 yards.
The goal allowed Town to have their best spell of the match leading up to half time and it was no surprise when they added the third in the 40th minute.
Bagley was this time hauled down by the over zealous Foley defenders and when the resultant free-kick fell kindly to skipper Martin Gadsby 20 yards out the midfielder crashed the ball home for his first of the campaign.
At half time, the watching 128 fans could have been forgiven for thinking Town were on the verge of racking up a cricket score, but Foley never stopped working.
Although the pick of the chances all fell to Town, the imperious Alex Langridge was called into action on a number of occasions.
With 60 minutes gone, it was another penalty which allowed Town the opportunity to wrap the game up.
Again Bagley tormented the visiting defence and when a desperate lunge 16 yards out brought down the frontman, strike partner Smith was again on hand to roll home the resultant spot kick.
There were plenty of opportunities for the hosts to extend the lead, Gadsby twice going close and Sowter crashing a volley against the bar after a neat move, but it was Foley who notched the fifth and final goal of the match.
A central free-kick 20 yards from goal was expertly whipped home by Foley centre half Will Chadwick.
Chadwick had been the pick of the visiting players and left Langridge helpless for the first time in the match.
The Town keeper was called into action once more as the game drew to a close, stopping well with his legs but Town will be pleased with the result if not the performance.
GOALS: Bagley 7, Smith 35 and 61 (both pens), Gadsby 40 UTTOXETER: Langridge, Caswell, Ede (Ward 75), Beardsley, Richards, Sowter, Gadsby, Esplin, Smith (Holly 70), Bagley, Collins (Jenkins 80)l subs not used : Thompson, Maxwell, Farrelly.
INFINITY IT MAN OF THE MATCH: Jason Beardsley, a class above in defence.
ATTENDANCE : 128.