A second half Olly Chubb hatrick and a calm finish from Gabe Plant was enough to defeat Torquay United U18s and extend BTC/BTFCs unbeaten start to the season.
The blustery conditions meant that the first half saw few clear cut chances for either side. Mead, Pfupa and McKenna all came close but couldn’t quite find the decisive touch. The centre-back pairing of Kruszynski, as well as Allen in goal provides a strong base for the side which allowed Durant and Jennings to apply pressure moving forward from full back.
Durant and McKenna combined well down the left flank but neither were able to provide a finishing touch before the half way mark.
After half time, BTC/BTFC again applied pressure. Ham, Cottrill and Chubb all joining in with the forward play and it wasn’t long before BTC/BTFC took the lead. Following another attack, the ball made it’s way to Chubb 30 yards from goal who got his head up and he unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner, leaving the goalkeeper helpless. Ham and Cottrill continued to provide a solid foundation for Chubb to push forward and it wasn’t long before he scored his second. Chubb found himself with space in the box and he fired past the keeper to double the BTC/BTFC tally.
Plant was reintroduced mid-way through the second period along with Dennis at Centre Back and Keele in Goal. It didn’t take long for Plant to make an impact as he got on the end of a delightful cross to calmly finish to make it 3.
Hungry for his hatrick, Chubb drove from midfield and into the opposition box. A drop of the shoulder meant he could round the keeper and slot home his third of the day for a deserved hatrick. Ham and Cottrill continued with their majestic performance in midfield demonstrating the relentless work rate that they have became known for.
Following an injury to Keee, Allen came back on in the closing moments. He was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet as a defensive mistake meant the opposition attacker was unmarked in the area and could finish from close range.
Overall, a mature performance from BTC/BTFC continuing their impressive start to the season against good quality opposition. MOM could’ve been given to any of the midfield 3. Cottrill and Ham both putting in a solid performance yet again. However, a fine display coupled with some clinical finishing in the final third meant that Chubb took the award with a performance to be proud of.