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Whitnash quick fire first half burst means second successive home defeat for B and F

Coventry Alliance Football League Division 3

Bourton and Frankton 0 Whitnash Town 3

(played Saturday 24th October 2020)

A second successive home defeat for Bourton means they still go searching for their first win of the season after Whitnash Town completed a league double with a 3-0 victory at The Field on Saturday.

Three goals towards the end of the first half did all the damage and put the visitors in control at the break, this after both sides had shared exchanges in the opening half hour in the face of a persistent breeze and light rain.

Whitnash took advantage of the elements at their back in the first period to hit Bourton with three quick goals, the first coming on 31 minutes before a second came direct from a corner shortly after.

Going into half time at 2-0 would have given the home side hope of clawing their way back but their challenge was made all the more difficult minutes before the interval when Whitnash hit them with a third goal from a well-taken strike.

Bourton needed a quick response after the restart but if anything it was the visitors who went close to extending their lead with two good chances inside the opening ten minutes of the second period.  The hosts did show some resolve and managed to apply a bit of pressure to the Whitnash goal either side of the hour mark, albeit seeing one effort clip the post and another well-saved by the Whitnash goalkeeper.

But that was about as good and as close as it got for the home side as they lacked creativity and never looked likely to breach the Whitnash rearguard as the game meandered to an uneventful finish; the damage already inflicted before the break.

  • This Saturday Bourton and Frankton have a third home league game on the bounce when Kenilworth Wardens Reserves are the visitors to The Field, for a 2.15pm kick off.
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LACK-LUSTRE PERFORMANCE BY BOURTON SENDS THEM TO RUGBY FC DEFEAT.

Coventry Alliance Football League Division 3

Bourton and Frankton 1 Rugby FC Reserves 4

(played Saturday 17th October 2020)

Bourton and Frankton are still searching for their first win of the season after a lack-lustre performance on Saturday saw them condemned to a disappointing defeat at home to Rugby FC Reserves.

After an encouraging performance the week before, there was optimism among the B and F of registering an opening league success against the visitors who at the start of play occupied the bottom of the table.  And things started positively for the home side as Tim Sutcliffe finished well to give the hosts the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

However, the visitors gradually came back into the game and looked the most likely of the two sides to score next.  They had a golden opportunity to do so just before the half hour when they were awarded a soft penalty for an alleged push in the area,  but B and F goalkeeper Paul Ibbett pulled off a fine flying save from the spot kick to keep the score at 1-0.  However that joy was short-lived as moments later from the resulting corner Rugby equalised with a free header into the far corner.

One apiece it stayed going into half time but the visitors continued their momentum going into the second period and on the balance of play deservedly went in front on the hour, albeit with a slight suspicion of a push in the penalty area before the ball was prodded home for 1-2.

As much as B and F tried to find a way back into the game, the fluency in their play and keeping possession wasn’t there and it was perhaps no surprise when Rugby sealed the points with a third goal on 77 minutes.  A further strike from close range on 84 minutes after another quick counter-attack only added further misery for the hosts but to the delight of the visiting contingent.

  • This Saturday Bourton and Frankton will hope to turn their fortunes around when Whitnash Town – currently in second place – are the visitors to The Field; the two sides meeting for the second time in a month for the return league fixture having played out a narrow 1-0 win in favour of the Leamington side a few weeks ago.