Brandon battle well but lose out

Spixworth 5, Brandon Town 2

BRANDON Town travelled to Spixworth looking for some much-needed points but despite putting up a battling display they came away empty-handed.

It was a much-changed side that took to the field with several key players unavailable. Leech and Dempsey were brought in to bolster the squad. Brandon started brightly and, for the first time in 2011, took the lead in a game. Sobiechowski’s deep free-kick evaded everybody and bounced nicely into the net.

Town were playing some neat stuff and had several chances to double their lead, Edwards headed wide when well placed and Sobiechowski fired wide after a fine build-up. But then, as has been the theme for the season, Brandon hit the self- destruct button and conceded three goals in quick succession.

Loose marking, not tracking runners and some fine finishing didn’t give Barlow in goal much hope of keeping the hosts out.

However, Brandon kept creating chances and young Adam Jolly scored his first goal for the club. Leech played a fine pass through and Jolly held off his marker before coolly slotting home. It should have been 3-3 but Bland failed to round the keeper after being excellently put through by Leech.

The second half started with Town well on top but their inability to make their chances count cost them dearly and Spixworth scored twice to make it 5-2.

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