Yet another clean sheet from the Baltic team as the march towards promotion continues. A fantastic defensive performance from the Baltic back four, Giorgio Fama (Marvega), Scott McKenna (Portland Maritime), Tim Mellett (Braemar ACM) and Adam Cook (GFI) kept at bay a strong and rapid Barclays front three and allowed the Baltic’s keeper, Ben Regan (A.M Nomikos) to take his tally to three clean sheets in a row, mostly whilst leaning on the post.
After a combative first 30 minutes, played mainly within the Baltic half, a good ball forwards by Adam Cook, typically playing far too high for a right back of limited athleticism, saw Alessandro Di Battista (Marvega) go down in the area a little too easily in true Italian fashion and the referee had no hesitation in giving a penalty. Up stepped Nat Twiggs (Pacific Basin) a man with nerves of steel who slotted in coolly down the middle to give the Baltic the lead.
The Baltic were the quicker team off the mark going into the second half, with Twiggs and Michael Potter (Clarksons) controlling the game well in the centre allowing Ben Cooke (Syncap Marine) to perform a number of good runs up the right wing. However sadly due to some strong defending from Barclays and the constant threat from their pace up top BEFC was unable to capitalise. Soon the back four, still playing like men possessed, found themselves under pressure again. However, led by an outstanding performance from Tim they withstood wave after wave of howling attacks. Some calm play amongst the back four and the midfield allowed Henry Potter (Hartland) who had arrived three minutes before kick-off still dressed in cycling lycra, to be set free up front. Looking as steady on his feet as a cow on ice, possibly as a result of his client lunch earlier in the day, produced a Vardy-esque finish, low into the bottom corner.
From here the game was all but over, the Baltic came close again through Henry Potter who hit the post, although it is questionable as to whether his eyes were open whilst taking the shot. Man of the match must go to Tim Mellett for a strong performance at centre back, organising the line calmly and professionally.
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