Lightning v. Reigate Vipers
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Today was one of those days. Boys arrived with their usual enthusiasm and we fielded one of our strongest line ups with the players available. George started in goal, Ned and Louis provided defensive cover. Cosmo was our pivotal midfielder with Joseph and Tioba left and right, Matthew providing the striking prowess.
Reigate started more strongly of the two teams but their attacking was inert and skilfully marshalled by our defence. We looked strong on the counter attack but couldn’t initially breakdown a well organised Reigate defence. Neither goalkeeper was troubled in the first 15 minutes or so. Finally, a really beautiful move from Cosmo passing to Tioba who laid on a inch perfect pass for Joseph who took his chance with great composure 1-0 Lightning. Could we finally break our duck this week? Reigate’s equalising goal sadly followed swiftly, and it was a soft one, the ball barely over the line, but a goal nevertheless. For a minute or five our composure deserted us and it looked as if we might be overrun and were lucky that Reigate could only muster another soft goal. Ben came on for Ned just before halftime and quickly settled in to the unfamiliar role of right back as Louis moved across to the left. The second Reigate goal reawakened us, and a fantastic team goal scored by Tioba followed on the stroke of halftime. Plenty to play for.
Second half was a more drab affair and in truth neither side seemed likely to score. Lightning applied plenty if pressure and won several corners but simply couldn’t convert. The opposition were reduced to shooting from distance and their third goal actually came from a speculative effort just inside our half. The shot was good but conditions saw it skip off at least two Lightning boots before nestling in the back of the net. Their fourth goal near the end was well taken but again had a slight feeling of good fortune about it.
In truth this was a tough defeat in challenging conditions. The boys will get some points on the board soon of that I’m sure.
Heads up, chins up Lightning!
Goal scorers: Joseph and Tioba
Man of the match: Ben