Elim 2 Arypt 0 Group C game 1 Match report

After 2 back to back league defeat’s for ARYPT, the distraction of the cup was a welcome relief, after a hard fought first half the teams went in all square at the break. Both teams had chances to take the lead but for some good goal keeping and wayward finishing from both sides the goal mouth lived a charmed life.

The second half saw very much of the same, a cross from the left from Elim’s winger landed right between the Arypt Goalkeeper and 2 defenders and in not taking responsibility and clearing the danger it left Dean Smith Elim’s striker to fire into the net.

Arypt rallied and huffed and puffed but ran out of energy and in their fight to find an equaliser found themselves 2-0 down when an out-swinging corner was swept in from Elim’s captain.

Three defeats in 3 games is a bitter pill to swallow. It’s only in defeat do we learn and grow, Arypt’s spirit and togetherness is there for all to see, with some improvements in fitness and with a little more quality, Arypt’s first win of the season won’t be too far away.

CLM 3 Holy Trinity 0 Group A Cup Game 1 PS

CLM vs Holy Trinity Match Report

A Sunny Saturday morning greeted both teams as CLM entertained Holy Trinity in there first cup game of the 18/19 season. The game would be played at CLMs home fortress (Caludon Castle).
Early signs were good, as both teams looked relaxed in their warm ups, as did the referee who was looking particularly fresh, having just returned from a summer cruise!

The opening 15-20 minutes of the game proved to be a cagey affair, with Holy Trinity’s number 8 giving an early indication of what could be on the cards, playing some lovely weighted passes. However CLM were matching pass for pass & a quick through ball by Ian to Dan required the Trinity GK to come racing out to smother at the number 9’s feet.

Clear cut chances were few and far between.  The best of which came when Captain Kieran’s free kick from the Trinity left, was fired straight into the arms of the Trinity GK.

CLM winger Bola was proving a good outlet & showed why he may be one to watch this season as he perfectly plucked a high ball out of the air as CLM continued to press forward.

The midfield battle was still instense, CLM looking for the wide men & Trinity’s magical number 8 dictating play in the middle of the park.  It wasn’t long before Trinity surged forward & just as they looked to shoot, a sliding tackle from a covering CLM defender took the ball away to safety – resulting in the first corner of the game, of which Trinity might look back on & feel they should have scored – a free header put over from 6yds, a warning to CLM that they would have to up their game.

Shortly after, Trinity’s number 8 who was again at the centre of all their good play, slotted a delightful through ball over the top, which required the ever young Rich, to come rushing out to sweep & clear the danger.

This seemed to kick CLM into gear, a ball down the line found the dangerous looking Bola, who unfortunately sent his shot high & wide from a tight angle.

It wasn’t long before Trinity responded with a chance of their own, the tricky number 8 weaving his magic once more to beat two CLM defenders before shooting wide.

It was a miss that would prove costly, as CLMs Dan held the ball up well & laid it back to Shaun on the Trinity left, who played it into the middle of the penalty area where the muscle bound Bola, deftly cut in from the right to beat his marker to the ball and calmly slot in from 6yds past the stationery Trinity GK.

CLM’s Dan and Shaun continued to cause the Trinity back-line problems with their hold up play & pace, however it was clear Trinity’s Captain was clearly up for the battle, enjoying a close matched contest with Dan, which was turning into quite the sub-plot of the first half, a first half that was to end with another chance for Trinity from the boot of their number 8, as he continued to be a thorn in CLMs side.  This time gliding past a defender on the left of the box to send an effort wide of the far post,  ensuring the teams went into the half-time huddles with the score CLM 1 – 0 Holy Trinity.

The second half got under way after a rallying call from CLM management at half time, exalting the team to continue to do the same as the first half & to not fall off the pace!

However, the words didn’t seem to sink in straight away…..CLM were caught napping from the restart as Trinity’s number 8 cut through from the right hand side to the edge of the penalty box where he opted to fire across goal and wide of the far post. A let off. Once more a warning for CLM.

A response was needed.  Shortly afterwards Matt played a lovely free  kick in from the Trinity left which saw Ian, scorer of two fine headed goals last week, place his free header just past the post. Would it be a chance CLM would regret not taking…..

CLM were starting to command the midfield & brilliant play from Captain, Hero, Shower Cap wearing Kieran, stepping out from the back line, resulted in a cross from Shaun coming in from the left to Dan, who expertly laid it back into the path of Ian, who slightly off balance, sent his curling effort wide of the far post.

CLM sub: Bola “The Muscle”  coming off to be replaced by Jordan

However, CLM weren’t having it all their own way & 3mins later Trinity’s dangerous number 8 was proving to be as elusive as ever, playing in their number 17, who’s shot from 25yds didn’t trouble Rich in the CLM goal.

Unfortunately the game was interrupted for a considerable time following a clash of heads, resulting in injury to Trinity’s number 3.  Fortunately the Trinity GK & CLMs resident GP (Kachi) were on hand to clean up & take care of the injury. But it was clear the number 3 couldn’t continue and Trinity made there only possible substitution as number 12 came on to replace him.

Understandably It would take a few mins for the game to settle back into its previous rhythm, but when it did an in-swinging free kick, taken by Matt, just inside Trinity’s half, resulted in the Salmon like Ian, once again rising highest, unfortunately glancing his header just wide of the keepers left post. Momentum was building, the 10 strong CLM support could sense another goal was coming & with Jasper on hand to capture the moment, Matt played an expertly weighted through ball to the willing runner Gabi, who looked to be clean through, but one on one with the GK sent his effort just wide of the upright.

Another goal was needed to make the game safe. CLM management deciding a change in personnel could make the difference, made their second substitution, Martin replacing the dangerous and ever willing runner Shaun.

Shortly after the substitution, Kieran would find himself in unfamiliar territory on the left wing, playing a great ball into the box where Dans effort flew just over the bar.

However the young striker still had time to make his mark on the game & shortly after it was his dangerous cross from the left which was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Trinity number 17.

The second goal seemed to waken Trinity up once more, as their tall number 9 found himself 20yds out, with time to shoot, he looked up and took aim to the GK’s top left corner, where the ever agile Rich, belied his years as he pulled off a “worldie” / “camera” save, (delete where applicable depending on your love of GK’s) tipping the ball over the bar, when the referee was already turning to blow the whistle to signify a Trinity goal. Trinity continued to pressure, with their number 9 threatening to break clear once more, alas Captain Kieran, as he did all day, swooped into smother the chance.

CLM made their final substitution as Kachi (he of GP fame) came on for the dangerous Dan.

2mins later it was 3-0 to CLM.  Gabi intercepting the ball on the halfway line, running through the middle, beating two defenders to slot underneath the exposed GK. surely the game was now wrapped up. Surely Jasper had managed to record such a great strike? (unfortunately for Jasper only one of those statements would prove to be true).

Entering the last 2mins of normal time, Kieran once more provided a perfect delivery from a free kick, just inside the Trinity half, where Ian’s flick was met by the gazelle like figure of Kachi, who’s header, powered downward from  6yds out was expertly tipped round the post by the Trinity number 1.

Into injury time & CLM would have one more chance, a long throw from the right finding Matt, who’s header flashed just wide.

Final whistle: CLM 3 – 0 Holy Trinity

A competitive game played in an atmosphere of great respect for opponents and the referee alike. A worthy win for CLM who make it two from two since they entered the league and cup.
Stand out performers Trinity’s 8 & 5,  Kieran, Nathan, Matt & Dan for CLM.  However, MoM this week goes to the ever youthful Dave Jones who didn’t put a foot out of place at Full Back all game & who’s play can only be likened to a vintage Roland Nilsson.

Wanderers 0 AFC Hope 3 – Match report DL

After a hugely successful 2017 campaign which saw the Wanderers “promoted” to League 1 following their 2 league wins, expectations were high. The management had followed Mark Robins lead in their summer recruitment – a number of high profile leavers followed by a raft of new signings with little idea of how they would be deployed. However, that was all sorted a couple of minutes before kick-off, and AFC Hope were first up for the newcomers. Some might have argued that this would be playing into the hands of a team that finished 2nd in the league last year, but the groundsman at the Wanderers’ Xcel home ground had done his best to level the playing field, by ironically, making the pitch as bumpy as possible, including the iconic running track through the pitch layout. This led to a cagey opening with both teams struggling to get any great rhythm into their play. As the half wore on, AFC Hope started to create a few openings and the Wanderers defence was finally breached after about 20 minutes in – a dangerous cross broke kindly, followed by a crisp finish. 10 minutes later and it was two following a short corner routine which was poorly defended. As half-time approached both teams created a few half-chances, with Wanderers new boys showing some promise as they searched to find a way back in. The second half followed a similar pattern with both goalkeepers making a couple of decent saves, before Hope managed to beat the Wanderers offside trap with 10 minutes to go, and despite initially being denied by a great save by the Wanderers keeper, the ball was put in from the follow up. The final minutes saw a couple of hugely debatable decisions over throw-ins, which incensed the hardcore Wanderers support (a slightly disappointing attendance of 4 for the opening day of the season), before the referee drew the game to a close. Whilst the result was disappointing, Wanderers can take a number of positives from the game, especially the contributions from the new signings. The management have already said that it will take some time for the team to gel and with games coming thick and fast over the next couple of months, they’ll hope that their veteran performers can continue to keep up with their younger contemporaries.

CLM 8 Christ The King 2 – Match Report SW

The two new teams in the Cov Church League went head to head in their first game and it only took 5 minutes for CLM to register their first goal.  A team move from the back left Gabs to play the decisive ball inside the defender for Shaun to race onto and beat the approaching keeper.

The game was quickly end to end with both sides taking every opportunity to get forward.  CLM could have doubled their lead on 10 minutes but the post came to the rescue from a shot by Stephen.  Shortly after the game was levelled by a fine shot from the right edge of CLM’s area with the ball nestling in the top left corner of the net.

The midfield battle was tight but key to feeding both teams’ strikers with chances that continued to come.  CLM restored their lead on 20 minutes with Daniel beating Christ the King (CtK) defenders and keeper to a lobbed ball from Luke and slotting home from just inside the penalty area.  The lead would only last a minute this time though as pretty much from the restart a CtK forward rifled a shot from 25 yards to the right of Rich in the CLM goal giving him no chance.

The remainder of the first half saw more opportunities with CLM squandering a number of chances where a little more composure might have seen them go into the break with a lead.

The relative fitness of the two teams would become a factor as the second half progressed.  CLM started to build some good periods of possession with the game being played mostly in the centre and CtK’s half of the pitch.  CLM regained the lead with Gabs latching onto a cross from the right.

The game became increasingly stretched with the pace and movement of CLM’s Shaun and Stephen giving the CtK defence no time to dwell on the ball.  Stephen opened his goal account to give CLM a two goal cushion on 60 minutes passing the ball past the keeper after good work from Daniel put him through.

CTK’s heads didn’t drop and they continued to push forward with CLM’s defence and keeper playing a very tight line and making good decisions to nullify the threat on their goal.

CLM’s fifth goal came from a clinical penalty by Stephen after Shaun had been pulled down after a mazey run on CLM’s left.  A sixth goal followed on 70 minutes a reward for Keiran’s determination to be first to Stephen’s cross from the CLM right.

Goals 7 and 8 for CLM were almost identical with Ian heading both of them in from  the edge of the 6 yard box from corners taken by Stephen on the right.  The goals were no more than Ian deserved from his all round performance.

A game played in a good spirit with high quality goals scored by both teams.  CLM’s man of the match award went to Stephen with 2 goals and 4 assists.

Meredith 5 Bec 2 Division 1 SD Match Report

So the start of the new season had finally arrived and Meredith’s first game was against their long standing rivals, and the team that beat them convincingly 4-0 in last seasons cup final, BEC.

Meredith put out a very different looking team for this opening fixture with a number of key personnel, including team captain Ashley Bulpitt, away. However, a number of new key signings had been made this season introducing a different dynamic to the team.

Meredith started off strongly putting BEC under pressure, pinning them in their own half and creating a couple of half chances. BEC did hit Meredith on the break a couple of times though with one effort hitting the post reminding them that they were in a game and could not be complacent.

All was looking good for Meredith who were playing some attractive quick paced football. At around 20 minutes BEC won a free kick in the centre of the pitch. The kick was hit straight and long down the centre of the Meredith box, it took a glancing header over the Keeper who was coming out for the punch, scoring a similar goal to the one they scored at home last season..1-0 BEC.

Meredith tried to hit back quickly with an effort by Danny Thompson flying just over the cross bar. The game settled again with Meredith continuing to look strong. BEC then earned another free kick in their own half. Their Keeper launched it forward towards the MRBC box, it cleared the defence and forwards, took a big bounce over the onrushing Keeper and hit the net! 2-0 BEC.

Meredith heads could have gone down from the two sucker punches but they continued to press hard and win individual battles. New midfield signing, Steve Reece, was working very hard and, with 5 minutes of the half left, made some space for himself on the left edge of the BEC box hitting a curling shot which smashed against the crossbar; the ball fell kindly to Harley Francis who’s shot was then saved by the Keeper; Danny Thompson was first to react to the loose ball striking the ball into the net.

Half time 2-1 BEC.

Andy Puffett gave an encouraging and motivating team talk during the break (photo) and Meredith came out positively feeling they could turn this game around.

For the first 10 minutes of the second half Meredith were pressing hard and determined to get themselves back in the game, this effort was rewarded as Reece hit a low cross from the right which was met at the far post by new signing Stef McGrath and side footed into the left corner of the net. 2-2.

This fight back had clearly lifted the Meredith lads, who never lost faith in themselves, as they continued to push on with some nice football in midfield with one attack resulting in Darius Bristow being brought down in the BEC half. Thompson floated a curling free kick to the far right post, perfectly placed between the defence and Keeper, which was met and netted by Reece. 3-2 MRBCFC.

1 minute later, with Meredith full of confidence, Bristow won another free kick in a similar position as the previous one, which again was perfectly executed by Thompson and headed home by Bristow. 3 goals scored in a 9 minute spel! 4-2.

You could tell that Meredith wanted this game so much, they were first and second to every ball and continued to play at a quick pace. BEC tried hard to get back in the game with a couple of attacks and by executing their renowned long throw at goal, but the Meredith defence was solid and dealt with these efficiently and effectively.

Meredith were flying high and with 12 minutes to go a nice one-two was played between Bristow and Stu Wheatcroft down the right, Bristow played a defence splitting pass to Wheatcroft who pulled the ball back across the area for McGrath to tap in and claim his second goal. 5-2.

What an amazing turn around from Meredith who truly deserved their victory. The game was competitive and played in good spirit throughout. A fantastic start to the season.

Bec 4 Meredith 0 Cup Final – Les Wright Match Report

 

In a repeat of last years final, BEC once again overcame Meredith Road and also completed a hat-trick of consecutive cup final wins.

In a clinical display, Dan White opened the lead for BEC with a shot in off the post.  Craig MacCauley then doubled the lead with a deft header at the midway point of the half.

Meredith then had a spell of pressure and were only prevented from scoring by a series of last ditch blocks.

BC then broke away and this resulted in a foul inside the area.  The awarded penalty was slotted in by Alex Ray.

The 2nd half saw a spirited effort by Meredith, but were either let down by the final ball or found the BEC keeper in no mood to lost his clean sheet.

Midway through the half, a long ball saw Dan White outrun the defence to beat the keeper to the ball and then clip it over him and into an empty net.

The match concluded with BEC understandably jubilant.  Although well beaten, Meredith Road played the game in a good spirit and never threw the towel in.

Many thanks to John, Jane and the rest of the Coventrians staff in allowing the use of their new facility at the former Colliery site and for being gracious hosts.

Also thanks to Ken Foster, John Bennett and James Bennett for officiating.

Arypt 2 Wanderers 3 League JB

A disappointing day at the office for ARYPT FC. The boys failed to show up throughout the whole match and a 3-2 loss to Wanderers was the outcome.
ARYPT saw themselves two down early on as the Wanderers came out all guns blazing.
They looked to be back in it as their striker Tom met a sublime cross from Bennett and the rebound converted by left winger Brad, but quickly found themselves 3-1 down and up against it.
The Tommies continued to test the Wanderers defence but failed to break through due to good defending and a few dubious offside decisions.
Despite pulling a goal back through Rob Spillane to make it 3-2 it wasn’t enough to salvage a point and a much deserved win for the Wanderers would be the final result.
ARYPT must improve for their next game against SJF.

Arypt 2 Holy Trinity 0 Group B Game 4 JB

By James Bennett

A Super Sephton strike from 25 yards and a Spillane finish proved to be the difference between ARYPT and Trinity on a cold Saturday morning.
Despite piling on the pressure in the second half and testing ARYPT’s stopper , the home team did enough to grind out a very controlled performance and complete a much deserved win.
ARYPT’s left back and MOTM Mark Sephton added to his first half strike with a number of last ditch blocks and tackles to drive his team into victory.
ARYPT look to take on group B leaders AFC Hope in their next game.

Athletico Mosaic 5 Elim 0 League Game Match Report JC

 

Athletico Mosaic were coming in to the game on the back of a good run with two wins and a draw in their last three games in all competitions against some of the toughest opposition in the league. However they remained wary as opponents Elim had managed an impressive, hard fought draw the week before with league leaders BEC.

The players gathered for a minutes silence in the centre circle and as the referee’s whistle sounded to signal the end of the minute, both teams cheered encouragement to one another and got themselves into position ready for the next 90 minutes to start.

Right from the off Mosaic pressed the ball hard and a couple of probing runs into the opposition’s box began to ring alarm bells for the Elim defenders. It was within the first 10 minutes that Jack Kovacs broke through the defence and slotted the ball home to put Mosaic up a goal to nil. The teams reset and but minutes later Mosaic were applying hard pressure again. Ball after ball were put into the box but the Elim defence dealt well with the pressure and saw the ball out safely every time.

A cleared ball fell to the feet of Mosaic winger Angelo Ofori Kissi who was making his first start for the defending league champions Mosaic. A few cries of “shooooot” and moments later the ball was smashed through the air and into the back of the net. 2-0 Mosaic. However it appeared that 2 was not enough, and a Mosaic continued to apply pressure, hitting the crossbar twice in the following minutes before Martin Brennan (making his first appearance in 4 games since picking up an injury) made a masterful run through midfield before playing the ball across for Kuran Heer to bag his first goal for Mosaic.
Late in the first half Elim managed to gather a bit of momentum and had a good spell of possession on the ball before managing a couple of shots at the Mosaic goal. The boys in blue defended well and saw out the first half to see the half end at 3-0.

Neither team made any changes at half time and the second half began with Elim looking much stronger than they had in the first. Some nice play led to a couple of chances for the home team but again the Mosaic defence remained stalwart and fought to keep their clean sheet.

About mid-way through the second half Mosaic left back Mark “Medved” Medley made a dangerous run forwards from the back, driving toward the Elim defence before setting up Kuran for his second of the game; 4-0 Mosaic. A few minutes later Mosaic were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area looking straight at goal. The Elim keeper Ryan held up four fingers and a wall was formed in due course. Kuran stepped up to take the kick and delivered a lovely curving ball over the wall that thudded against the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. So close!

Mosaic and Elim both made subs after this and 5 minutes before the end of the game George Essuman who has already proven himself a threat this season fought his way through the Elim defence and hammered the ball home, delivering the final blow and finishing the game off with a resounding 5-0 win to Athletico Mosaic.

 

Holy Trinity 3 Coventrians 2 Group B Cup Game 2 JS

Holy Trinity 3 Coventrians 2

Holy Trinity beared the fruits of their recent hard work by becoming from behind to win against a good Coventrians outfit.
With the opposition not showing on the pitch until right before kick off, the objective was to take the game to Coventrians and show them who’s boss.
It was Trinity who started off the brighter side. Attacking from the left flank, a shot was parried out and from the resulting cross, Daley (pictured) headed in to give Trinity a dream start with only a couple of minutes played.

Coventrians got back into the game soon after. An inswinging corner came in and the resulting header came back off the crossbar into play with the opposition stabbing the ball home to level the scores.
The equalising goal had clearly given Coventrians some spark and there were now the makings for a good game. Some good forays by both sides followed but nothing so far to gain a scoring advantage.

Coventrians then took the lead midway through the first half; a ball through the middle and a defensive slip resulted in the Coventrians attacker slotting one on one past Hargreaves to go 2-1 up.
Trinity’s disappointment showed having previously led but they showed their resilience and fighting spirit. Coventrians keeper pulled off a smart one on one save and soon after, pulled off a point blank save to keep the away team ahead at the break.

It had hardly been a bad first half performance from Trinity with the early goal and the continual pressing. Trinity have been more attack minded this season than last with players not afraid to shoot when the opportunity has arisen and it has shown in recent games.
The mood for the second half was upbeat with the home side confident they could get back into the game.

The score remained at 2-1 for a while and Coventrians had a chance to make it 3-1 but for a one on one save by Hargreaves to keep them in the game. Trinity soon after got their reward and levelled the scores. An excellent ball in saw the brilliant Perks head in and there was a strong belief that Trinity could get a winner which has eluded them in recent times.
The goal seemed to make the game more Trinity’s and indeed, they got the third vital goal. An attack saw the ball ricochet in the Coventrians area and Daley slotted home to make the game 3-2.

Coventrians then desperately pushed for an equaliser but were kept at bay by some resolute defending and getting everyone behind the ball when on the defensive to push for the win. Even a last minute corner which saw Coventrians keeper come up and put a dangerous header across the middle came to no avail and Trinity hung out for the win.

Trinity will be delighted with the performance having been denied a victory earlier in the season and some good play from performances which on other days could well have got a result so they will be keen to carry on the momentum. For Coventrians, a spirited performance played in a good nature and I am sure they will be involved in some good contests if they carry on playing like they did.