Kelly Read Cup Round One
Metheringham FC 7-3 Coningsby FC
Metheringham started their defence of the Kelly Read cup hosting Division Two side Coningsby fc. The visitors must have wondered what was happening to them as they found themselves 4-0 down inside 15 minutes. They were totally ripped apart down their right side with Aaron Harrison and Jayden Driver having a field day. Inside two minutes Meg were ahead when Driver played the ball across the box and as Joe Smith stepped over it Miles Lynch rifled home from outside the box. Five minutes later Smith saw his effort charged down but Lynch was again on hand to drill home. Two nil quickly became three – nil three minutes later as Smith collected a long ball down field from keeper Wayne Greaves before placing it beyond the keeper. Driver then became provider against for Lynch to complete a 15 minute hat-trick from midfield. A fourth goal came on 22 minute when Driver fired home off the underside of the bar and within a minute of the restart, Sara Hourachi, on his full debut, made it 6-0 with a crisp finish. On the stroke of half time Coningsby grabbed a goal back with a good finish at the back post.
As good as Meg were in the first half they were poor in the second with the game obviously won. They did bag a seventh after ten minutes when Andy Anderson played the ball through for Lynch to net his fourth under the advancing keeper. Joe Smith then saw a penalty excellently save by the visiting keeper and before the end Coningsby were gifted two goals in the final five minutes to see the final score line ending 7-3 in favour of the defending Cup holders.
Old Boys United 0-2 Heighington FC
Old Boys entertained Heighington in the Kelly Read Cup and it was former Old Boy Josh Cheetham who put the visitors ahead. Things went from bad to worse for the home side when they were reduced to ten men but they battled gallantly before Heighington finally put the game to bed late in the second half ending, a disappointing Sunday morning for the home side.
Ruston Sports FC 1-3 Newtoft Terriers
Newtoft Terriers started the brighter and were ahead early on when Rustons failed to clear their lines and the visitors took the lead in clinical style. Both teams struggled throughout to create many chances but a speculative effort from all of 30 yards doubled the visitor’s lead to give them a comfortable advantage at the break.
Rustons found a way back into the game ten minutes into the second half when Jack Willan headed home a Sam Joyce free kick and an unlikely comeback looked to be on. Unfortunately for the home side they still couldn’t string any sort of move together and the visitors secured the three points late on when a ball over the top was converted.
Ruston’s man of the match was Jack Willan with Sam Joyce a close second.
The Blue Lion 0-4 Morning Star FC
A cold day down up Yarborough saw The Blue Lion Host Morning Star. The game started fairly evenly with Morning Star having the best of the early chances whilst playing with a strong wind in their favour. It was perhaps no surprise under the conditions that the visitors took the lead in the first half with a well taken shot. Soon after it became two when they converted from the penalty spot to head into a two goal lead.
The Lions then came to life having a few good chances of their own in a really well competed and exciting game.
The second half began with the wind in favour of the home side giving them a chance to pull the game back. Unfortunately for them however a defensive error gave the visitors the chance to extend their lead to three goals, which they did with another well taken strike. The Lions gave everything they could to get back into the game which in the end left them short at the back and lead to the inevitable counter attack that saw them four nil down. This proved to be a position from which they couldn’t recover.
The score line may have been a bit harsh on the Lions and if they had produced some better finishing it could have a significantly closer game.
The Lions wish to place huge praise on Phil Hulme who played out of his skin in an inspiring performance.