Marc’s managerial masterclass sees Tigers march on

A stroke of genius at half time by Marc Richards showed just why he is one of the most talented up-and-coming managers in non-league football, as his tactical reshuffle saw his side brush Hungerford Town aside in the second half.

With his side in search of their sixth win in eight games, Richards set out with the back five formation that has brought about the upturn in the Tigers form since the start of 2018.

However, with Robbie Cundy, Matt Williams and Kieran Parselle as the three centre backs, Tom Webb was given the nod at right wing back on the opposite side to Lewis Hall on the left, a position Webb did not look comfortable in at all.

Having been caught out of position early on, Webb was occasionally leaving Cundy in two-against-one situations, with one particular instance seeing Nicholas Bignall drag wide of the far post.

After a full week of horse racing content with the Severn Sport Tipster League, we thought we’d seen the last of the heavy ground, but the pitch at Evesham put paid to that notion, with the ball bobbling all over the surface and conditions tricky underfoot.

The Tigers just weren’t using the ball well enough and were wasteful in the final third. With Lewis Hall having to come off just before the break to be replaced by Spencer Hamilton, Richards saw the opportunity for change.

In the second half, City lined up as a back four with Hamilton and Parselle flanking Cundy and Matt Williams, with Tom Webb pushed further on into a roaming left sided central role.

The move immediately paid dividends as Ed Williams ran through on goal in behind the back line before calmly slotting past Marcus Beauchamp.

Joe Parker had been uncharacteristically quiet in the first half, but he produced a moment of individual brilliance for the Tigers second. Receiving it to his feet on the edge of the box, he made space and shifted the ball onto his right foot before arrowing a strike into the top corner.

At the other end, James Hamon was oozing calmness, a far cry from the first time we saw a shaky figure between the sticks against Poole Town, as he commanded his area exceptionally.

Harry Williams was introduced by Richards and within five minutes he was on the scoresheet. His namesake Ed slotted the ball into him with his back to goal, all that was left to do was a smart turn and finish into the far corner and it was game over.

City should’ve had a fourth when Harry Williams played in Rhys Kavanagh across goal but the control let the Bristol Rovers loanee down.

They wouldn’t be denied a fourth though, as Harry Williams produced a moment of individual brilliance, beating two men with ease before rounded Beauchamp nonchalantly and calmly slotting home for his second.

The Tigers will look to make it four wins in a row at Hemel Hempstead next Saturday as Marc Richards side close the gap on the play-offs to just six points.

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