BOLEHALL SWIFTS 1
UTTOXETER TOWN 0
UTTOXETER Town were narrowly beaten on Tuesday evening as they came up against a well-drilled and hard working Bolehall side who were good value for their victory after a below par second half performance from the visitors.
Town went into the game without two of their shining lights from the opening games, Matt Redshaw unavailable due to work commitments and Liam Sowter nursing a badly bruised ankle.
The resulting reshuffle saw Jack Holley pushed into central midfield and Alex Woods into a more advanced role on the right flank, with Harry Price returning to the side at right back.
The early signs were that Town would be in for a battle as Swifts were relentless in their pressing, but the visitors moved the ball well and grew in confidence as the half wore on.
Neither side looked like they were going to grab the advantage in a competitive first half until Town nearly grabbed the opener or 37 minutes.
Some slick interchange between Kyle Esplin, Holley and Martin Gadsby gave the skipper sight of goal on the edge of the box and after taking a touch, Gadsby's volley rattled the bar with the keeper beaten.
Half time came with both sides sensing that one goal would be enough to clinch victory as the defences were clearly on top, but the second half display from Town will have disappointed manager Mark Grimley and the watching supporters as they never got out of second gear.
Bolehall, a physical and organised outfit, always looked as though their opportunity would come via a set piece and it proved to be the undoing of Town on 67 minutes.
A long, hopeful free kick from the right was met by Goodby on the edge of the box and the Swifts player saw his header fly high over Langridge to give the hosts the lead.
Uttoxeter failed to apply any concerted pressure on Swifts as the half progressed and seemed devoid of ideas in a listless second-half display.
With a few exceptions, in particular the excellent Doug Price, too many of Town's players were simply not up to the fight of their counterparts and Bolehall ended the match well worthy of their narrow victory.
Town will be looking to bounce back tomorrow as they entertain Pilkington XXX at Oldfields, kick-off 3pm, in what promises to be another tough encounter.
A marked improvement will be required if the hosts are to get a positive result.
HILL AND WEBSTER MAN OF THE MATCH: Doug Price, one of the few players to impress on a disappointing evening.
TOWN: Langridge, H Price, D Price, Springall, Marshman (Littler 71), Holley, Gadsby, Esplin, Woods, Mellor, Curley.