19th November – Match Reports

Premier Division

Anglers FC 3-2  New Swan FC

Anglers FC made it 4 League wins out of 4 when they defeated last Season’s title challengers New Swan FC at Mill Lane. They ran out 3-2 winners courtesy of goals from Wilkinson, Bowden, and Bridge.

Metheringham FC 2-0  Hykeham Memorial

Metheringham were looking for only their second league win of the season when hosting Hykeham Memorial. Their side had a very unfamiliar and inexperienced look to it with no less than seven of the squad having played less than 10 games apiece for the team.  Hykeham themselves were very much in a state of playing ‘catch up’ having played only two league games but were in confident mood after a good win in the County Cup last week.

On the day the game saw two sides of equal ability produce an end to end match, played in a sporting manner. For the neutral it was a game not lacking in goalmouth action and in fairness if the score had been six all at the break it would not have been an unfair assessment BUT neither side could convert their numerous chances. The nearest to a goal in the first half was a cross come centre from Liam Hargrave which clipped the Hykeham bar.

The second half saw Hykeham have good early possession but in the 57th minute, on the counter-attack, Meg broke down the left through Jayden Driver and his cross to the front post was bundled home by Ben Garrick. This saw Meg in the ascendancy and they added to their lead on 75 minutes when Sora Horouchi met a Miles Lynch free kick with a diving header across the Hykeham keeper Matt Murray and into the bottom far corner of the net.

Before the end Meg twice hit the Hykeham woodwork in the space of 10 seconds, through Lynch and Hargrave (again), following a free kick, but the score was to remain 2-0 and it gave the home side a welcome league win.

Division One

Old Boys United  3-1  Trent Valley 

Old Boys hosted Trent Valley and after putting in a sloppy first half performance they couldn’t beat the visitor’s keeper and consequently found themselves 1-0 down at the break.

It didn’t take long for the home team to equalise in the second half though with Scott Knibbs spotting Jack Hobson’s run and it was Hobson who then made it 1-1. With the game back level Trent Valley continued to attack but couldn’t find a way past the centre back duo of Josh Gannon and Reece Breakell.

Old Boys struggled to beat Trent Valley’s keeper who was literally like a cat but they finally made it 2-1 from an Adam Gardiner corner which Josh Gannon headed across goal for Scott Knibbs to smash home from a yard out.

Old Boys’ man of the match Jack Hobson was then brought down in the box resulting in an Adam Gardiner penalty to complete the scoring to give the home side their first League win of the Season.

Ian Stephenson