3s stop the rot at home to Lansdown A

Well we certainly stopped the rot today, winning 3-1 at home to Lansdown A. Having been soundly despatched by our 2s earlier in the season, Lansdown showed why they have only narrowly lost their recent games. Unlike previous weeks, we had 14 players today and it made a big difference in the second half. Initially feeling rather charitable towards the team at the foot of the division, we let them hit the post, get the feel of the backboard with a disallowed goal and finally taste euphoria by taking the lead. That was as far as the charity went and, despite only firing on three cylinders in the first half, we equalised when Doey robbed the ball and passed to Curt, who found Alex prowling in front of goal for a slip under the keeper. At the interval we changed things and looked better in the second half, taking the lead with a sweeping move that went the length of the pitch. Hobbes robbed the ball in midfield and slotted a diagonal ball to Kian running through on the right. Kian in turn laid a perfectly-timed, pinpoint pass to the left into Alex’s path to slot behind the stranded keeper – undoubtedly out best goal of the season so far. Despite Lansdown not threatening much, we coveted a two-goal cushion and it came when Nathan injected at a short and over-ran the return, only to somehow pirouette and get his stick back to deflect the ball into the goal. In the man-of-the-match vote, noteworthy performances by Kian, Hobbes and Ollie, but the winner was Doey for showing his true talent in midfield.

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