Ajax Treesdown remain standing after Bulldogs face off

Ajax Treesdown captain Dan Clancy scored a wonder-goal in their 4-2 victory over Blazin Bonville Bulldogs.

Clancy’s second-half thunderbolt left Bulldogs goalkeeper Ieuan Smith rooted to the spot and gave his side a two-goal cushion.

He said: “I’m a right-footed striker but I’ve found myself in the inside-left position, with no other option than to have a strike, really.

“Luckily I’ve managed to connect well with the ball and it’s gone in the top corner, there’s not much more to say about it.”

An own-goal and a brace from Adam Bruton also contributed to the win, though Clancy admitted his side were at times pressed hard by the Bulldogs.

“BBB are a good team, we knew it’d be tough today, so we’re happy to come away with three points.

“We made it harder than it should have been, conceding a second goal not long after getting a chance to nick a fourth, but we kept our heads up and came away with the points.”

Ajax took the lead early on in the match when last season’s player of the year Bruton got in between a static defence to head his side into the lead.

The initial period saw Ajax employ a very direct passing strategy as their main route to goal and the Bulldogs struggled.

Soon after, Ajax’s lead was doubled, this time coming through unfortunate Bulldogs defender Tom Hill’s own goal Bulldogs came close to pulling a goal back, Henry McGhee’s goal bound effort pushed over the bar.

It almost became three-nil in the first few minutes of the second half, Ajax’s Josh Price seeing his lob tipped over the bar.

Price had another chance but was denied by Bulldog’s Matt Penfold diving in.

Bulldogs eventually got a goal back, Tom Hill making amends for his earlier own-goal by heading the ball in at the near post.

The goal sparked a new belief in the Bulldogs.

Against the run of play, Ajax extended their lead, captain Clancy picking the ball up just inside the box before unleashing a left-footed rocket which sailed into the top corner.

Ajax should have got a fourth moments later, Tom Drinkwater lashing home a low drive.

It was denied by an offside flag however, which was a questionable decision given that the last touch came from a Bulldogs defender.

Ajax were left feeling agrieved, and lost focus allowing Bulldogs to get a second goal, Liam Wells making it 3-2.

Bruton grabbed his second goal of the game, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after a corner.

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