Langold Dyscarr Community School 2 – 1 Cuckney C of E Primary
On a surprisingly hot first day of Autumn, the newly kitted out Langold Dyscarr Community School Boys FC travelled to Cuckney in convoy for their first match of the 2016/17 season. Mr Hays had picked an attacking team which seemed to favour the heavy conditions of the Cuckney pitch. Within the first 8 minutes, Langold had plenty of opportunities on their opposition’s net with Harrison, Ziggi and Ronnie coming close. However, it was the Captain himself who stepped just inside of the halfway line to deliver a thunderbolt to the corner of the net. Cuckney then attempted to work their way back into the fixture but with the hard-tackling duo of Alec and Joel in the midfield, the ball couldn’t find its way through to their strikers. On the rare occasion that it did, the calming influence of Warren and Jayden in defence smothered the attack and set Langold on the break time and time again! Ziggi broke down the line past Cuckney’s defence and sent a pin-point cross straight onto the head of Harrison who just put his chance wide. The diminutive striker then broke clear of the defence but fell fowl of a molehill and missed his chance. The following attack on the Langold net ended up in Warren defending manfully and clearing out the goal mouth scramble that followed. At half time Langold had the lead but sadly they had to kick uphill for the second part of the game. Mr Hays made a substitution, taking the impressive Warren off and replacing him with Curtis.
After a few promising attacks, including a long shot from Ronnie the score remained 1 – 0. Cuckney (now with the downhill advantage) attacked time and time again forcing Logan into several saves in the Langold net. With 10 minutes left in the game Mr Hays made his 2nd and 3rd substitutions bringing on Will for Logan and Rhys for Harrison. Only seconds after coming on, Will was forced into making his first ever save for Langold. When an opposition free kick sent a long ball into our box, a flick on made Will use his head… literally! The ball hit the keeper flush on the forehead to many cheers from the rest of his team as a corner was given the other way. From the resulting corner, a breakaway, started by Ronnie, Ziggi, Alec and Rhys, was calmly finished by the Captain Kieron for his second goal of the match. A few minutes passed by and Cuckney attacked again, this time finding their way into the Langold box. A tackle came in from Joel and their striker was adjudged to be brought down illegally and a penalty was awarded and converted to bring the scores back to 2 – 1.
4 nervy minutes followed, but through pure force of will the Blues managed to withstand the attack. The final whistle was blown and the Langoldians celebrated and commiserated with their opponents.
A great start to the season and plenty of positives to take from it!
Logan – 7/10 – Didn’t have many chances on his net but looked calm, cool and collected when called upon.
Warren – 8/10 – Recognised danger well and put in some vital tackles at the last minute to save a goal.
Jayden – 8/10 – Solid at the back, whenever danger reared its head he put the ball down the field or out of play. Very impressive performance.
Joel – 9/10 – Just missed out on a Man of the Match award this week. He tackled well in the midfield and passed the ball nicely around the park. Looked very calm under pressure.
Kieron – 10/10 – Given the Captain’s Arm Band before the match and was told to lead by example. 2 goals, constant encouragement for his teammates showed that he deserves the role given to him. Man of the Match.
Alec – 8/10 – Looked nervous to start off with, but grew into the game very well. Put in a lot of crucial tackles to stop the Cuckney break in its tracks.
Ronnie – 9/10 – Put in 110% effort all through the match, and looked a constant threat to the Cuckney defence. Came back on the defence and helped out in the end resulting in him setting up the break for our 2nd goal.
Ziggi – 9/10 – Ran up and down the wing time and time again, showed off his fancy footwork in beating several defenders and had the quality to produce very good crosses in the box.
Harrison – 8/10 – Always had their defenders looking over their shoulders, and never let them have time on the ball. Great energy and enthusiasm to get himself around the back four and look for some shots on their goal.
Will – 8/10 – Had a short but action packed time on the field, resulting in being hit in the head and facing a penalty. He barked instructions out to his defence and managed to earn the win.
Curtis – 7/10 – Looked solid and withstood a huge amount of pressure from their attackers. Knew his game plan and stuck to it.
Rhys – 7/10 – Tried a new position out and showed bags full of energy to buzz around their defenders giving Ziggi and Ronnie plenty of room to run into.
Well done, boys!