Under-par Birky badger Bow into submission

Tugs of war: all in the game. Top, Birky defend

Birkbeck Orient 4, Bow Badgers 1, at Hackney Marshes Sun 14 Oct 2012

Paul Pether reports

BIRKY Os never hit top gear in this game, but they comfortably gained their second league win of the season.

They should have gone into the game with confidence sky-high, having put nine goals past Badgers in a pre-season friendly.

Instead, they started scrappily, but fortunately the Badgers spurned a great chance to take the lead, the right winger slicing wide when he had only to apply a calm finish.

BOFC were really struggling to put passes together yet looked dangerous from set-pieces and took an early lead when Sam D beat the keeper to a deflected Chris cross and nodded in from close range. And though the Os still hadn’t truly settled, they doubled their lead on 20 minutes. Again, the impressive Sam showed “other Sam” how it was done in front of goal, heading home his second of the game.

One on one: a Birky v Badgers moment of truth

Soon after, 2-0 became 3-0 when Joe embarked on a storming run down the left and clipped in a cross, which Dan tucked away with a neat header.  This gave Birky a comfortable lead going into half time, despite not being at their best.

Birky showed more composure after the restart, knocking the ball around with greater confidence. One excellent move culminated in Harry bursting into the box and seeing a good shot turned away by the Bow Badgers keeper.

Badgers then gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a long-range free kick that Rich could not keep out. But the Os responded to the setback by scoring a fourth goal – after a spell of sustained pressure, Martin delivered a great cross, which was glanced on by Sam and turned home at the back post by Chris.

This effectively killed off the game, and the final 15 minutes were unremarkable, other than substitute Pete contributing a last-ditch clearance and a shot that Felix Baumgartner would have had to duck to avoid on his way down.

Defending again: chance of a Badgers cull fades

Squad: Rich Critchlow, Martin Durant, Evan Guppy, Mac Page, Joe Latimer, Dave Corck-Adelman, Chris Agathangelou, Harry Raymond, Dan Mpasi, Sam Dutton, Mark Pether, Ben Boatman, Pete Ranger, Ryan Gray.

Man of the match: Sam Dutton

Next game: 21 Oct 2012– opposition to be confirmed


As these pix suggest Birky could have scored more

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