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2 August 2014

New Blue Bajner on target as pre-season campaign ends unbeaten

Town finished the pre-season campaign unbeaten after Balint Bajner’s early goal was cancelled out by Lloyd James’ penalty in the 90th minute.

Hungarian striker Bajner, who put pen to paper on a one year deal on Thursday after impressing while on trial, followed up his goal in the 2-1 win at Southend in midweek with a close range finish.  

James had rattled the bar for Orient with a free-kick from the edge of the box before Town made the breakthrough on nine minutes, Bajner finding the net after Jay Tabb had been denied by the feet of Adam Legzdins. 

It looked enough to give Blues a fifth win in six pre-season friendlies but former Town striker Kevin Lisbie won a late penalty and James scored from the spot.

David Mooney went close for the home side after Bajner’s opener, his right foot effort was deflected into the sidenetting, then Dean Gerken produced a terrific save with his feet to prevent Romain Vincelot finding the net.

Luke Chambers went close for Blues with a header before Town were forced into a change through injury with Jonathan Parr replaced by Cameron Stewart. 

David McGoldrick took another step down the road to a full recovery from his knee injury with an introduction as a half-time substitute, goalscorer Bajner making way.

Mooney had the chance to level the scores again when Bradley Pritchard’s perfectly weighted pass released the striker but his hurried effort went wide of Gerken’s goal. 

Stewart was crowded out as he looked to double the Blues’ advantage, then McGoldrick tested Legzdins with a low drive from the edge of the box, the ‘keeper then showing good pace off his line to smother the danger after Tabb looked to get on the end of Elliot Omozusi’s headed backpass.

Gerken saved well from Dean Cox’s free-kick, Legzdins repeated the feat at the other end, denying Alex Henshall but in the last minute, Henshall was penalised for a challenge on Lisbie and James did the rest from the spot. 

Town: Gerken, Parr (Stewart 38), Chambers, Berra, Mings, Hewitt, Hyam (Wordsworth 73), Skuse (Bru 82), Tabb (Henshall 82), Bajner (McGoldrick 46, Marriott 87), Murphy (Nouble 73). Subs not used: Bialkowski, Clarke, Crowe. 
Att: 2052

 


   
 















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