Another “very nearly” match for the Bunwer lads, with a superb yet fruitless performance away from home.
Match Report by Michael Langan
“FCB Bunwer returned to league action following the Easter break, looking to add points to performances. Facing Instalaciones, FCB were again handed a big task as they travelled to Getafe. FCB lined up: Hutchinson, Renucci, Ojo, Fletcher, Carling, Langlands, Cespedes, N Boyle, C Boyle, Madris and Gomm. FCB started slow, and were soon under sustained pressure from Instalaciones. After five minutes, the home side were awarded a penalty after a clumsy tackle from Michael Langlands in the box. However, Hutchinson was to set the tone for an inspired display by keeping the score levels and sparing blushes. Unfortunately, FCB were unable to capitalise on this, and Instalaciones continued to press forward, with a goal seeming inevitable. After finally managing to acquire a foothold in the game, however, FCB were punished with some slack play at a corner lead to the home side taking the lead. It was a cruel blow having seemingly seen out the initial barrage, but was little more than the home side deserved. However, buoyed by their recent performances, FCB remained undeterred and redoubled their efforts to find the back of the net. Just before half time, they did after some good build up play was turned home, albeit somewhat fortuitously, by Carling at the far post. With half time looming, FCB seemed to have salvaged something to take in at half time, until cruel fortune allowed the home side to seize the advantage once more and send FCB in 2-1 down.
The second half began more evenly than the first, with FCB playing with a real belief they could cause an upset in Getafe. Gomm and Madris both went close with efforts as the league leaders looked somewhat shaken. With the game evenly poised, however, Instalaciones seized a two goal advantage after a fine strike from 25 yards moved past Hutchinson and into the corner. Seeking an alternative means of attack, Rami looked for a more dynamic midfield replacing cunning Cespedes with incoming Josh Franco and bringing the mercurial Ishmael Majid on for Chaz Boyle. Neither however were involved in the second goal, which was wonderful 30 yard strike from Michael, further consolidating his position as top goalscorer and all round top bloke. With 20 minutes to go, FCB had a goal and real momentum. Pushing forward in waves, Josh Franco was unlucky after rounding the goal keeper and Ishmael Majid also unlucky not to see his deliveries met at the far post. The turning point, however, occurred ten minutes from the end. Reece Carling, moving quickly by two men, was inexplicably felled in the box as he was about to shoot, though the referee waved away FCB protests. At this point, the home side resorted to stalling tactics to see down the clock. In fairness, they were ably abetted by some terrific players in possession, as they frustrated FCB and consigned them to a fourth defeat in five. The manner, however of the last three performances, has been inestimably better than the closing games of the first round of Bunwer affairs. With four home games to come, FCB must now seek to push on and propel themselves up a table they are more than capable of competing in.
MOTM: Matthew Hutchinson
Goalscorers: Reece Carling and Michael Langlands