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.

Meredith 5 St John Fisher 1 Group A Cup game 2 SD

On the back of 2 losses Meredith needed to get back to winning ways. After a 9-2 defeat to Meredith on the opening day of the season St John Fisher would be looking for a much better result, however it was not a good start for them as in the first 5 minutes Ashley Bulpitt put a long ball over the top for Kyle Aubrey to score the opening goal.

The game settled down with John Fisher starting to pass the ball well in midfield making Meredith work for every ball. The Meredith hard work paid off though as they broke with a blocked shot met by Darius Bristow for his 3rd goal of the season. 2-0 at half time.

The second half started well for Meredith as early on when the St John keeper found himself stranded outside his box the clearance landed at the feet of Aubrey who passed the ball into the goal from about 30 yards out for his second goal of the game.

The game was very tight for the most part but Meredith were clinical in taking their chances. Owen Ashby (photo: son of the Manager Andy) has been training with Meredith since he was 13 and as he turned 16 in September joined the first team. He missed out on the last game but started today and worked really hard on the right which was rewarded as he ran into the box all the way to the byline and hit a shot square across the goal which hit the far post and finished in the net!

At 4-0 Meredith made a change from 442 to 352, this caused some confusion at first as St John pushed on with their striker finding some space on the right of the box striking the ball past the keeper. 4-1.

Meredith reacted quickly though winning a free kick on the right side of the pitch in their own half. Scott Bambrick slipped as he took the free kick but some how still managed to make his pass to Darren Evans the right hand side of the St John box, Evans ran the ball on and crossed it the the feet of Aubrey at the back post making his hatrick!

A great day for Meredith with the final score 5-1 taking them upto fourth in the Group A cup table.

Cov Saints 3 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report BF

Holy Trinity 1 Coventry Saints 3

Holy Trinity succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested.
Knowing beforehand that Saints were a good team in terms of both skill and fitness, Trinity’s objective was to match Saints in all respects and shoot when the chances were on.

Saints started the brighter of the two sides carving out an attack early on. An initial couple of forays for Saints followed which they couldn’t convert.
Trinity then started to forge a way into the game playing some good passing football and matching Saints physically. A good, even match was now on. Trinity in the mid to latter stages of the first half were probably edging the game and had managed a couple of shots on target but nothing significant to trouble the Saints keeper.

The first half ended 0-0 with the evidence suggesting that this was a match that could go either way.
As Trinity have done so often in the early stages of the second half, they made it hard for themselves by conceding early on. A defensive mix up at the back and the ball ricocheting like a pinball outside the Trinity box, Saints took advantage to curl home a great opening goal to break the deadlock at the start of the second half.

Trinity however showed no signs of defeatism from the goal and replied quickly to level the scores through Taft. Taft, a new recruit this season showing good promise, opened his account for the season playing up front with Mayne.

The game stayed 1-1 for a while and a subsequent long range effort from Taft cannoned off the crossbar. Mayne continued his customary good hold up play and it was evident the strikers were playing with more cohesion than before.
Saints’ lead was restored soon after. A cross from the right was misjudged by Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1. Again, Trinity came forward and pressed for an equaliser but were denied by the woodwork for a second and third time.
Eventually, the game was killed off at the death. Trinity, chasing an equaliser, were caught on the attack and after some weaving play from Saints the ball was struck home to make it 3-1.

The score finished 3-1. For Saints, a hard fought victory. For Trinity, plenty of positives and a morale booster in one of their better performances. There was more synergy between the front players, more physicality throughout the park, and less hesitation to shoot in front of goal. Trinity can look to move forward and take this style of play and attitude into subsequent games.

 

Lowfors 2 Mosaic 2 Group game 2 Match report RG

Lowfors v Mosaic

The game started in quite a frantic fashion with Mosaic trying to set the early tempo with quick closing down and some slick passing which saw Lowfors soak up 10 minutes of early pressure. However, after these opening encounters Lowfors started to get a foot hold in the game and on the quarter hour mark some sharp passing and movement down the left flank saw the ball fall loose 20 yards from goal. Central midfielder Richard Gould was quick to gather the loose ball and slotted it into the bottom left corner. In truth, the game simply opened the game up even more and Mosaic were clearly keen to level up the score which indeed they did do just 5 minutes later. A corner dropped in the box and whilst Lowfors were in possession they gave the ball up cheaply which the Mosaic striker pounced on 12 yards from goal and drove firmly in at the keeper’s near post. At 1-1 the game remained frantic and open with both teams trying to press and play attacking football.

Both teams utilised their wide men well and these areas were where most problems were caused and Mosaic always looked a danger when they got the ball into their two forwards whom caused the Lowfors back four lots of problems in this first half. This was evident again when on the 30 minute mark, the Mosaic target man gathered in a throw in on the right side of Lowfors penalty box and meandered through a couple of challenges before whipping the ball into the far corner which gave them a deserved 2-1 lead.

Following this goal, Lowfors started to find some rhythm to their passing football and started to find their wide men effectively although the Mosaic defence stood up to the challenge. However, after a good period of possession, the ball dropped centrally to the Lowfors midfielder who was pressed by the high line of Mosaic leaving considerable space in behind which the midfielder utilised with a chipped ball over the top which saw great energy from Dale Vernon latch on to the pass and drill firmly into the far corner levelling the game up just prior to half time.

The second half was more one sided as Lowfors showed great energy and motivation to go on and win the game. Mosaic did have one extremely impressive chance as a whipped ball from the left side was met beautifully by the striker 18 yards from goal and his powerful volley clipped the top of the bar but other than this Mosaic did not have much more in terms of opportunities other than a few long throw ins that were dealt with competently by the Lowfors back line as Martyn Clarke and John Barnes now seemed to have the edge over the Mosaic front two with very impressive second half displays. In the final 20 minutes, the Lowfors wide players had even more joy with a number of impressive crosses which may have been converted but for some effective intervention by the Mosaic defence.

As the game went on Lowfors were starting to pick passes more effectively and maybe the forward line of Lowfors on another day would’ve converted their chances. Lowfors were certainly knocking on the door with great intention and the Mosaic keeper and back four were certainly being kept busy. Despite Lowfors strong finish, Mosaic did stand firm and this cup game finished 2-2 as it did last year.

 

Wanderers 2 AFC Hope 7 Match report Group game 2 MG

On a wet and windy Saturday morning, AFC Hope locked horns with a feisty wanderers side! The game started brightly, with both teams attacking well and testing opposition defences. However it was Hope who broke the deadlock first with Alex Thomson slotting home a low driven cross delivered by Andy Wilson-King.

The Hope boys continued to press with Gormley and Thomson combining for the 2nd and 3rd goal. But the Wanderers did not give up that easily and shown great determination to get back into the game. They replied with a penalty to make it 3-1 and further damaged Hope’s confidence with a long-range thunder bolt to make it 3-2 at half time.

The second half started brightly and Hope were able to extend the lead with Gormley getting the 4th, 5th and 6th (with some team mates believing he was poaching their goals after their hard work). The final goal came from Andy Moran’s darting run through the middle, to slot the ball into the bottom corner and finish Hope’s 2nd victory of the group stages.

Special mention to Scott Smiths CROSS which hit the bar.

Man of the Match: Dan Brown for his commanding presence at the back.

 

Cov Saints 3 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report BF

Holy Trinity 1 Coventry Saints 3

 

Holy Trinity succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested.
Knowing beforehand that Saints were a good team in terms of both skill and fitness, Trinity’s objective was to match Saints in all respects and shoot when the chances were on.

Saints started the brighter of the two sides carving out an attack early on. An initial couple of forays for Saints followed which they couldn’t convert.
Trinity then started to forge a way into the game playing some good passing football and matching Saints physically. A good, even match was now on. Trinity in the mid to latter stages of the first half were probably edging the game and had managed a couple of shots on target but nothing significant to trouble the Saints keeper.

The first half ended 0-0 with the evidence suggesting that this was a match that could go either way.
As Trinity have done so often in the early stages of the second half, they made it hard for themselves by conceding early on. A defensive mix up at the back and the ball ricocheting like a pinball outside the Trinity box, Saints took advantage to curl home a great opening goal to break the deadlock at the start of the second half.

Trinity however showed no signs of defeatism from the goal and replied quickly to level the scores through Taft. Taft, a new recruit this season showing good promise, opened his account for the season playing up front with Mayne.

The game stayed 1-1 for a while and a subsequent long range effort from Taft cannoned off the crossbar. Mayne continued his customary good hold up play and it was evident the strikers were playing with more cohesion than before.
Saints’ lead was restored soon after. A cross from the right was misjudged by Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1. Again, Trinity came forward and pressed for an equaliser but were denied by the woodwork for a second and third time.
Eventually, the game was killed off at the death. Trinity, chasing an equaliser, were caught on the attack and after some weaving play from Saints the ball was struck home to make it 3-1.

The score finished 3-1. For Saints, a hard fought victory. For Trinity, plenty of positives and a morale booster in one of their better performances. There was more synergy between the front players, more physicality throughout the park, and less hesitation to shoot in front of goal. Trinity can look to move forward and take this style of play and attitude into subsequent games.

 

Cov Saints 3 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report JC

Coventry Saints 3 – 1 Holy Trinity

By James Coe

A tough game that hung in the balance, until a resilient Coventry Saints took the spoils.

Coventry Saints started on the offensive, White playing the ball into Coe, who flicked on to Bennett, creating a chance in the first few minutes.

The game remained in the balance for a while, both sides creating half-chances, but playing some good passing football.

The first real chance came in the form of a deep Kev Blow free-kick. He swung the ball to the back-post and right winger Ian Jeffery came close to converting.

Coventry Saints had the best chance to go ahead, as Hirsi played a clever ball in behind the defence to Coe who was coming inside off the left flank. As the ball bounced, Coe’s run took him in-between the centre-back and the goalkeeper and his header hit the side netting.

Trinity had a chance straight after, as the right midfield player cut back inside and put a left footed cross into the forward who headed wide.

All level at the break.

Again in the second half, the sides were to match each other for energy.

Bennett pressed from kick off and the ball broke free for Jeffrey. He drove down the right hand side and crossed in. The Trinity defenders didn’t deal with the cross and the ball fell to Coe with his back to goal. He squared the ball to Wilkinson, who like his name-sake Jonny, was in football’s equivalent to the fly-half position, set on the edge of the box for the perfect goal – in this case a right-footed curling strike into the right hand side of the goal. 1-0 to Saints.

Trinity were to reply almost instantly though. The ball given away from Saints and the team made to pay, as the Trinity forward equalized. 1-1.

The game was a stale-mate for a little while. McCallister was brought on for Sephton and the pack was shuffled.

As Coventry Saints grew in confidence it looked a matter of when, not if.

Coe was replaced by Large and the shape was changed again. Could either team get the elusive goal?

Trinity came close with the central midfielder hitting the outside of the post from around 30 yards out.

It was winger turned full back, Jeffrey who did manage to break the deadlock, a long-range effort that caught the opposition keeper off-guard. 2-1 Saints.

Again, the woodwork denied Trinity as a shot ricochet off the Saints keeper, Davies, and onto the post, only to be collected by Davies.

Saints managed to see off the game, as some intricate passing from Hirsi, Bennett and White resulted in Adam Hirsi slipping a ball through to striker Lee Bennett. He faked with the left, cutting inside the defender and slotting underneath the opposition goalkeeper. Final score 3-1 Saints.

A closely contested match, with chances for both sides and a game played in excellent spirit. In the end a resilient performance from Saints to take away the three points as they edge up the table and into second.

Line-up: Scott Davis, Ben Gaut, Phil Thompson, Kevin Blow, Mark Sephton, Adam Hirsi, Rich Wilkinson, Dan White ©, Ian Jeffrey, Lee Bennett, James Coe
Subs: Callum McAllister, Will Large
Manager: Mark Sephton

Man of the Match: Rich Wilkinson – back into the starting XI, Wilkinson was instrumental in breaking up play and starting attacks from midfield, giving the team energy and discipline. His goal broke the deadlock and he showed outstanding composure to curl the ball into the net – an excellent all-round performance.

Meredith 1 BEC 2 Match Report SD

 

Both teams went into the game unbeaten in their first two games. A top two in the table clash which was tight and tense from start to finish. Meredith started quickest putting early pressure on BEC which was rewarded when Joel Harding scored (with his brand new boots- photo) within the first 5 minutes. For much of the first half Meredith soaked up a lot of pressure but Nathan Faulkner, goalkeeper, was not troubled only being called to make the occasional save as the defence dealt with each attack comfortably. 1-0 at half time.

Meredith came out a lot stronger and more focused second half but were soon to be slowed down when BEC were awarded a penalty as Darius Bristow was adjudged to have brought down an opposing player. The Meredith players and bench were not happy with this decision as they felt the ball was played, but the referees decision stood and the penalty was converted, 1-1.

This seemed to spur Meredith on as for much of the second half they put the BEC defense under pressure. Early on two very clear opportunities were spurned, chances they would rue. During a 5 minute attacking spell Meredith hit the post four times, the bar twice and the BEC keeper pulled off a worldy of a save. The best opportunity was a header from Harding which looked to be going in, and had the player and team celebrating, only to see it hit the woodwork.

BEC were very unlucky not to be awarded a second penalty when Scott Bambrick clearly brought down their striker in the box with only a corner given by the referee.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but BEC won a series of throwings and a corner in the last minutes. With only seconds on the clock BEC launched a final throw into the Meredith penalty area, the throw was met by the head of the defending Kyle Aubrey for him only to see it hit the back of his own net! He was devastated, as were the whole of the Meredith team. For BEC it was pure joy as they stole a late victory taking them clear top of the league.

Final score MRBCFC 1 BEC 2

 

Arypt 7 Elim 5 Match Report JC

A glorious day of sunshine at Ullathorne made for a great game of football. The match finally began, late because of a change in pitch. Elim started the brightest. Creating chances and carving through the ARYPT defence with ease. Elim went one up with a speculative effort from wide right, it was a great strike that sailed into the bottom left corner. Soon after it was two with an easy through-ball and smart finish.

ARYPT then got a foothold in the game after a tactical change, playing good football keeping the ball on the floor, a nice move down the right and a beautiful cross into the box followed by a powerful finish from Bradley Prior for two one. ARYPT were then playing some nice football pushing to get level. Elim hit ARYPT on the break with another superb through ball, the striker one on one shot over the bar, the keeper clattered into the forward and the referee awarded a penalty. Strongly contested by ARYPT. Elim buried it for 3-1. Elim then made it 4-1 with a good finish.

ARYPT kept heads high and pushed hard for a goal to get back into the game and their efforts were rewarded with a fantastic finish from centre back Craig Eaves, a shot from just outside the box into the bottom right hand corner of the net. ‘Take a bow son’. The come back was on. 4-2.

ARYPT continued to show great character and desire and pulled back another after some neat football and firm finish from Hugh Williams. ARYPT kept up the pressure before half time and grabbed another goal with a great strikers finish by Rob Spillane making it 4-4 at half time. The game was in the balance with two teams really pushing hard for the win, a fantastic advert for the church league.

The second half started less frantically with both teams playing good football trying to get a break through. A contested free kick saw the ARYPT captain sent off for foul and abuse language. A surprise to all!

ARYPT had their backs to the wall for 5 minutes getting the 10 men organised, Elim took advantage of this and scored after a scramble in the box. 5-4 to Elim.

The setback didn’t deter ARYPT who kept pushing and pushing for an equaliser. The passion and commitment payed off with a lovely move and finish. 5-5. Even with 10 men ARYPT kept pressing for the winner.

Another tactical decision and some fresh legs changed the game. ARYPT keep the pressure on with the red card galvanising the team. A corner into the box and some pulling and pushing, a penalty award to ARYPT. Up stepped Ryan Welsh, it was never in doubt with a calm finish into the bottom left corner. 6-5.

Elim then started to push more for an equalisers, ARYPT held firm and had some good chances on the break. Elim kept pushing and pushing but ARYPT had the answers. ARYPT managed to capitalise after some great work from Sean Langford breaking up play in midfield and Rob Spillane scored his well deserved hat-trick.

What a great game with two teams fighting for the win, an absolutely brilliant advert for the league.