Baldock were looking for their first competitive win of the season and the first home match seemed like a good place to start. They started in their, now normal, 4-3-3 formation. Hopes were high and Baldock looked dominant in the early stages characterised in no small part by Coppin’s hard work in midfield. The first goal came as a result of hard battling on the edge of the box by Coppin who then slipped an intelligent ball through to Finch who was on a run past the last man. Finch coolly slotted the ball past the keeper to put the ‘Reds’ one up. Finch called the the Keeper into action five minutes later when he caused him to make a save which went out for a corner. Just another few minutes later Furness won the ball on the half way line, passed to Finch, again, who then cut the ball inside but there was no one there.
It was all Baldock at this point and in 27 minutes Holland got in front of the defender and went down under a challenge. The view from the stand was not great and we were all wondering what was going on but the Lino had a good view and a penalty was awared. Piggott coolly converted,.sending the Keeper the wrong way. Baldock two up.
The Baldock front three looked a lot livelier this week and were putting in the work – as they need to in this formation. Edgware were restricted to the occasional shot on goal as the Reds remained dominant in the first half.
Edgware were allowed back into the game early on in the second half when the defence appeared absent to allow them in for a soft goal. Baldock continued to make chances with Finch still looking dangerous and O’Brien always a threat with a shot from the edge of the box. Baldock went close a couple of more times before Kenna was sent off, in 71 mins, for a second bookable offence for kicking the ball away. It looked like he intended to kick the ball off the fench at the edge off the pitch but was a tad inaccurate, from a couple of yards, and put the ball over the fence instead. Really soft sending off.
This gave Edgware some hope when they never really looked in the game but a couple of minutes later Coppin won the ball on the left, from a weird throw in mix-up, made good headway down the wing, fed Piggott who in turn set-up the advancing O’Brien for a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal from about 20 yards. Baldock 3-1 up after 72 mins.
Four minutes later Edgware were back in the game, again, with a goal in 76 mins. Baldock,now down to ten men and Furness not looking great with an ankle knock had quite a while to hold out for a win. Us loyal Reds fans need’nt have worried as Baldock showed their fortitude by extending their lead in 89 mins when O’Brien caught out the Edgware back line with a nice through ball to Piggott who, finding himself all alone made headway into the box and shot across the Keeper into the far corner of the net. Baldock 4-2 up. The Ref had forgotten who was paying his wages and then decided to play seven minutes extra time, which was the last thing we needed when down to ten men.
A fine win for Baldock and with two cup games coming up and possibly a weekend off it will be a while before we can make more progress in the League.
Loved it ….. John Graham
Player of the Match (as voted by GoalShouter); Curtis Finch
Team; Harpur, Furness, Gill, Coppin, Kenna, Ezekiel, Finch (Foster 81), James (Osborne 57), Holland (Gould 65), O’Brien (C), Piggot