Manley doffs his cap to battling Old Boys

Old Southendian Reserves 3-0 Beacon Hill Rovers

BEN MANLEY was delighted with what he saw as his Old Southendian Reserve side saw off a dogged Beacon Hill Rovers outfit to pick up three priceless ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Division Two points.

A rugged encounter saw the Old Boys sink the east Londoners by three unanswered goals at a chilly Garon Park. Greg Molford opened the scoring, providing a looping finish after Ben Franklin and Olly Tatton-Bennett had fashioned an opening.

Tatton-Bennett added a second from the penalty spot before 17-year-old substitute Lewis Telling added a third with his first touch after arriving as a second-half substitute.

“It was a fantastic display throughout the team,” Manley said.

“It was a really hard-fought contest and sets us up nicely for the run-in to Christmas. All of our players won their individual battles – we stood up to everything Beacon Hill had to offer.

“Defensively, we were superb as was Andrew Turner in the middle.

“I’m particularly pleased for him. He was desperate to play but was a doubt prior to kick-off.”

Brian Jeeves

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