It’s Town and out for Bucks

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Boo­tle 3 Han­ley T 4 IT was an af­ter­noon to for­get for Boo­tle as their un­beaten league start ended abruptly af­ter Han­ley Town claimed all three points in a se­v­en­goal thriller at the TDP Solic­i­tors Sta­dium last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

De­spite be­ing 2-0 up at half-time and ahead 3-2 just af­ter the hour, the Bucks then pro­duced a de­fen­sive hor­ror show to even­tu­ally miss out 4-3.

Things had ini­tially started well for Joe Do­ran and Phil Stafford’s side when they took a 15th-minute lead. Michael Ordish swung in a cross from the left that was headed goal­wards by Ryan Cox with Ste Jones help­ing the ball over the line.

Five min­utes be­fore the break, the Bucks dou­bled their ad­van­tage from the penalty spot. Kieran Hal­li­gan released Cox with the for­ward be­ing pushed to the ground by Ben Blow­ers for a spot-kick.

Ordish duly sent Joe Hem­mings the wrong way from 12 yards.

The Bucks, how­ever, have made a nasty habit of start­ing the sec­ond half slowly and sadly for Do­ran and Stafford, this was no dif­fer­ent.

First, Jonathan Shel­don’s long-range ef­fort was par­ried by Char­lie Tay­lor with Josh Bris­tow re­act­ing quick­est to fire the re­bound home on 54 min­utes. Five min­utes later, Martin Ed­wards’ side were level. Jamie Skellern’s through-ball was latched onto by sub­sti­tute Neville Thomp­son who fin­ished con­fi­dently past Tay­lor.

But Boo­tle ral­lied well to be­ing pegged back and went back ahead two min­utes later. The im­pres­sive Con­nor El­lis-Pratt teed up Jones who let fly with a fine strike from 25 yards that flew into the net.

But Han­ley re­fused to lie down and lev­elled with 20 min­utes left. A long ball for­ward wasn’t dealt with by the Boo­tle de­fence al­low­ing Theo Stair to pounce and fin­ish from 10 yards out.

And with 12 min­utes re­main­ing, the vis­i­tors grabbed the win­ner when Shel­don found the net af­ter be­ing played in by team­mate Thomp­son.

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