Walton Warriors v. Lightning
3 - 2
Lightning’s first game in almost a month, postponements followed by half-term, no training for three weeks, an early start and a cup match to boot. Add to that a referee without a whistle! I thought best to get all our excuses out right at the start.
The boys started slowly, defenders James and Luke having to work hard to keep the attacking Warriors at bay. Warriors pressure continued and in truth the boys couldn’t impose themselves in the early exchanges. On a bright note, new boy Riley looked good on the ball with some strong tackles and decent distribution that the team couldn't make the most of. Our first real chance came after about 15 minutes when Louis got on to a good pass from Riley, looked to have beaten his marker and was about to shoot and the Warriors defender brought him down. Penalty! Good run up, goalkeeper sent the wrong way but the ball agonisingly glanced the post for a goal kick.
The game was now evening out with both sides getting chances. Warriors second came after a goalmouth scramble which it appeared Stefanos had actually saved. The referee felt the ball had crossed the line and goal was awarded. At half-time JAR (James’s Assistant Referee) confirmed the correctness of the decision.
Second half, the boys were waking from their slumbers, playing better football and unfortunately went a further goal behind against the run of play.
The great thing about Lightning is that every last player never gives up. 10 minutes to go and by now Lightning are playing far the better football. Defenders Cosmo and Matthew have the measure of the Warriors attack and are building play from the back. The midfield are moving the ball around really nicely. A goal now and Warriors will certainly feel the pressure.
Six minutes to go, three corners in quick succession.
Five minutes to go a lovely team goal, the too many players involved to name them all but a great finish by Riley.
An electric last few minutes, with two to go another team goal, this one finished by Louis.
Could the boys, take it to penalties?
Alas not, just enough time for Warriors to kick off and the referee indicates time is up.
In summary, a slow start after a long break but a brilliant comeback that we couldn't quite complete.
Now, back to the league and much to be optimistic about!
Goals: Riley and Louis