Medlock magic helps Town salvage a Guernsey point

Billy Medlock
Billy Medlock

Billy Medlock was once again Town’s main man as Tony Reid’s boys rescued a point against Guernsey.

The on-form striker fired his first hat-trick for the side on a night that saw Town go 1-3 down at half time only to recover in the second.

The match kicked-off with four minutes delay due to the visiting team’s late arrival, but Town wasted no time to push forward.

Andrew Mensah delivered the first shot on target as he headed a Dan Pollard cross into the hands of the keeper, but as the first quarter hour neared, Town lost the initiative to the visitors.

Guernsey’s prolific striker Ross Allen delivered a fine overhead pass to the pacey Matt Lorring, who escaped the Town backline and although keeper James Broadbent tried to block the striker, Lorring found the nett.

Few minutes later Billy Medlock levelled with the first of his three and when Aaron Watson found him in the box, the striker was clinical.

Hard tackles were common and five minutes were added to the first half as Guernsey’s Gus Mackay (substituted by Paris Pereira) and Jacques Isabelle were treated on the pitch.

But the visitors went in front again as Allen stroked the ball to Broadbent’s left after 30 minutes of play. The keeper parred another shot when a careless pass from Lansdale was intercepted by McGrath.

Guernsey went 3-1 up as Tom Martin played a neat one-two with Allen for the latter to score despite Lansdale’s effort to slide it off the line.

Town put Guernsey’s goal under siege in the second half and with eight minutes in, Matt Hall assisted Medlock who volleyed one back.

Five minutes on, Town’s number 10 picked a miscontrolled ball in the box and tucked it away in the lower left corner in front of the joyous Sid Myall and Taffy Jones stand.

Town stayed on the frontfoot and could’ve claimed the victory, but Mensah shot terribly from close range.

“The boys started badly,” admitted manager Tony Reid after the game. “We lacked a bit of composure. On half time we went back to basics, keeping to the football and sticking to the formation. Once they understood what was required for them it was a one way traffic.”

Asked about hat-trick hero Billy Medlock, he responded, “He’s on fire at the moment, can’t complain. When someone’s in rich form, you got to keep playing him and he would tuck them away.”

TOWN: Broadbent, Lansdale, Sutton (c), Battie, Davidson, Pollard, Hall, Berry, Mensah, Medlock (Baptist 81’), Watson. Unused subs: Vaughan, Salami, Reid, Schaaf. Bookings: Lansdale Attendance: 117