Galloway at the double in fine Cranbrook win

PUBLISHED: 10:59 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 October 2018

Misc sport. Ref mhsp 37 18TI 0970. Picture: Terry Ife

Misc sport. Ref mhsp 37 18TI 0970. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cranbrook boss Jon Martin was delighted with the way his side responded to his call for improvements following their mauling the week before at the hands of Willand-based Bravehearts.

Cranbrook won 4-1 at Bampton to move into fourth spot in the Macron League Division Five table.

Martin said: “It was a performance of real quality, made all the more impressive given the trouble we had with availability. That situation was certainly not helped as, almost typical of our luck this early season, we lost our main striker to an injury playing squash the night before the match!”

He continued: “It meant I gave the task of playing the lone striker role to 18-year-old Reece Saunders and he did the job well. The players we have are an honest bunch and they knew that what they had served up against Bravehearts really was not good enough and that a response was needed – and, my, how they delivered at Bampton!”

It was young Saunders who, having found space in the area, received the ball and curled a terrific strike into the top corner of the net. The home side levelled before the break with a penalty but, given how well his side had been performing, Martin simply had to ask for ‘more of the same’ in the second half – and his players certainly delivered!

A pin-point cross from full back John Buckland was headed fractionally wide by Craig Galloway in the early second-half exchanges. However, not long after Galloway made no mistake with a clinical finish and, when a second chance popped up, he slammed that home also, to leave Cranbrook 3-1 to the good.

Bampton then threw caution to the wind, but some sterling work from the Cranbrook back four combined with the tireless industry from the midfield, kept the home side at arm’s length and, with 15 minutes remaining, Karl Snugs found himself unmarked at the near post from where he rifled the ball home to complete the scoring.

Martin said: “Overall, it was more of a performance that showed real character and determination! Saunders worked his socks off up front, the back four were solid and my wide players put in a real shift. For me, though, the central midfield trio were magnificent! Galloway and Snugs got their goals, but the return of Liam Bounsall was instrumental in everything positive about our game. His energy levels were phenomenal, and he never gave the opposition a chance to get on the ball!”

On Saturday (October 6) Cranbrook take a break from Macron League duties when they host Division Six leaders, currently all-conquering Spreyton with the game being played at Broadclyst with a 2pm kick-off.

Martin says of the cup tie: “It’s going to be another tough game. They [Spreyton] are a good side.

“They have Chris Down up top, (who I’ve known for a while) and he’s an out-and-out goal scorer who’s scoring for fun at this level! So trying to stop him will be a tough job for my centre backs! But we’ll go into it with confidence! Hopefully, I can get a couple of players back as I know one or two will be missing again due to work commitments!”

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