Buntingford Town Reserves vs SJFC

Squad:

Mazharali Gulam Hussein
Reza Ladak (GK)
Maisam Merali
Hussein Pirbhai
Abbasali Merali
Baqer Abboud
Amir Merali
Mahdi Merali
Yaseen Valjy
Mahdi Hemraj
Murtaza Merali
Hussein Abdulla
Gibran Pirbhai

Saturday 25th Jan, SJFC played away to Buntingford which was over an hour away for most of the team. The Bury – Bunting ford’s home ground – was probably the wettest and muddiest ground we have played on all season.

Stanmore started the game relatively well trying to carry on playing the glorious football from the previous week, however the end product was missing due to passing not being great on the muddy pitch. SJFC came massively short in terms of desire and heart to play a scrappy game. Buntingford played countless long balls from their own half – winning most of the first and second balls meant they were soon on top of Stanmore. The first goal came after 20 mins, Buntingford scoring from a corner that ricocheted several times before ending up in the back of the net. Late in the first half Buntingford scored a second from Stanmore loosing possession in their own half. In hindsight due to the quality of the pitch SJFC should have cleared the ball on more occasions rather than playing from the back.

Stanmore came in at half time losing 2-0 and probably playing the worst half of football in terms of effort this season, with only the Pirbhai brothers and Maisam Merali that could be happy with their performance.

After a bollocking from the skipper and a good telling from Gibran aka Neil Warnock, we came back for the second half pumped scoring within the first 5 mins.

Mutz blue taking a snap shot from just outside the box that bounced infront of the keeper which forced him to parry it , Yaseen Valji the first to react squaring it to Amirali Blue for the tap in. Few minutes later Yaseen found himself with space to shoot from a cross from Maz – connecting it beautifully only for it to hit the bar.

Buntingford scored 2 more goals from set pieces towards the end of the game making the final score 4-1.

SJFC can learn a great deal from last week and will come back stronger. This will not happened again, we will be hungrier for the next game.

Match report by Murtaza Merali