10-man SP Construction battle to a hard-earned victory
8:10am Thursday 30th August 2012 in Sport
PENARTH TOWN 0 SP CONSTRUCTION 1
ALTHOUGH missing a number of first-team regulars, SP Construction were still able to put out a strong side when they travelled to Penarth for their opening Premier Division fixture in the Vale Soccer League.
The opening 20 minutes were scrappy, with chances few and far between and the long grass at Penarth not helping matters.
The game burst into life however, when SP's Lloyd Carter was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language and, for the next 70 minutes, the Barry side battled admirably with 10 men, restricting Penarth to long-range efforts which rarely threatened, and also creating the game's best chances.
With Shane Campbell - handed his debut by manager Michael Drew - Richard Drew and Danny Feltham working tirelessly in midfield, and Mike Baker and Lee Connell solid at the back, SP began to dominate. Franky Bunn twice went close in the second half as chances continued to come.
With 75 minutes gone it looked like the game would end as a goalless draw but a neat one-two with Bunn sent Campbell bursting through and he made no mistake with a smart side-foot finish to the delight of the SP faithful. Penarth put the pressure on looking for the equaliser but SP held on comfortably for a 1-0 win and an excellent three points.
The players and management would like to thank Dave, Jo and the rest of the staff at the Billy for the excellent post-match food and drinks.