PLAYER RATINGS: Biggleswade FC 4-1 Arlesey Town
PUBLISHED: 17:02 24 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:09 24 November 2018
Read Toby Miles’ player ratings from Langford Road on Saturday as Biggleswade FC sank Arlesey Town to go top of the league.
Ross Tompkins: 6 - Could do little about the opening goal but seemed to struggle from corners in the first-half. Untested in the second half.
Adam Hunt: 8 – Did well from left-back, showing impressive speed on the overlap and battling well in defence.
Michael Simpson: 7 – Solid game at full-back. Didn’t have much impact going forward but solid in defence.
Pat McCafferty: 9 – Battling and powerful in the midfield, McCafferty won all his battles and barely misplaced a pass. Dominated the visitors’ midfield in the air.
Nick Henebery: 7 – Wasn’t called on much in the first-half but looked composed.
Benat Pena: 7 – Strong in the air but will be disappointed by the ease with which Smith turned him to open the scoring.
Alex Marsh: 8 - The captain was a bit loose early on, with his usual silky touch missing. He settled as the game went on, and he started to provide dangerous flicks FC and defence splitting passes. Came to life at the start of the second half with an assist and goal inside 10 minutes.
Lawrie Marsh: 8 - Strong and composed on the ball, the number eight’s dribbles in midfield routinely started attacks.
Tom Cookman: 7 - The hard-working finisher started on the right and struggled to find space in the first-half, but was instrumental in the host’s quick turnaround at the start of the second half, providing the flick for Marsh to finish. Replaced in the second half.
Lee Northfield: 8 – Showed flashes of his ability, with a defence splitting pass which resulted in FC’s best chance, but otherwise struggled to find space to create in the first-half. Brilliant strike into the top corner for the equaliser and a brilliant second half.
Ryan Inskip: 7 – Useful when dropping into midfield from the wing, Inskip’s precise passing helped FC dominate the visitors for much of the game. Scored an excellent goal.
Justin Leavers: 7 - On for Tom Cookman with 20 minutes left, did well and threatened Arlesey repeatedly, and scored FC’s fourth, chipping Ponting who’d rushed off his line.
Robbie Ponting: 8 - Excellent save with his right foot to keep the hosts from equalising after 35 minutes, but had little else to do in the first-half. Not much he could do about the FC goals and added a brilliant save late in the second half.
Lewis Sinclair: 5 – Offered little and FC routinely got in down his side in the second half.
Ross Taylor: 6 – Helped to keep FC out in the first-half before being replaced at half-time.
Aedan Gaffney: 6 – Battled well defensively but didn’t see much of the ball.
Tom Guiney: 6 – The captain marshalled his back four well, as their offside trap repeatedly caught the hosts out.
Adam Randall: 6 – Didn’t have the impact he’d have liked, replaced at half-time.
Ryan Lamond: 6 – Looked bright on the ball but he rarely found space on the righ, as FC dominated in midfield.
Alex O’Brien: 6 – Playing in a defensive midfield role, the number eight’s strength and power impressed in flashes but overall he couldn’t keep FC out.
Lorrell Smith: 6 – A cool finish to open the scoring was his first contribution after six minutes, showing speed and strength to hold off the chasing defenders. Looked isolated in the second half.
James Hatch: 5 – Didn’t really get in the game and looked clumsy on the ball.
Ash Fuller: 6 – Couldn’t make the impact he’d have liked.
Adam Brown: 5 - On at the start of the second half, the towering centre-back saw two goals go in within 10 minutes of him being on the pitch. Towering in the air but a little clumsy in the tackle.