id168-Soccer Special

Written by DB   


An early strike by Gary Smith,a former Kingsmeadow Manager,was enough to enable DCL to have their name engraved on the Challenge Trophy for the first time.

Initially,the K&P team,winners of both the previous fixtures in the series,were rather disjointed due to late arrivals,and DCL took full advantage before the Club settled down. Early play was from end to end but DCL looked the more likely and,indeed,their goal on 14 minutes was deserved. K&P were finding it difficult to gain any control in midfield and,consequently,the DCL ?keeper was barely troubled seriously until later in the game; even then shots were straight at the goalie or,like David Field?s rasping drive,just sliding past the woodwork.

K&P were much indebted early on to temporary ?keeper Mark Roberts' series of fine and instinctive saves and could easily have been three down by the end of the 2nd quarter.Up to full strength from just after half-time,Mark Roberts joined Jamie Mackay,David Field & Pat Logan trying to create some openings up front but generally these were denied by the DCL defence. As K&P pressed forward late on,the opposition found plenty of room in the Club defence ,though their shooting was wayward and did not really trouble Horace Nelson in goal. Nic Owen & Mark Roberts had to fall back to prevent a second goal and this helped blunt the Club?s attacking options.

There was always the possibility of a late equaliser but shots by Nic,Pat,Jamie,Mike Maranzano & the Huntleys mostly sailed wide.

So the 1-0 defeat has to be forgotten and we move forward to 2005 in an endeavour to mirror the wins in the 2002(8-4) & 2003(2-0) matches.

All credit,and many thanks, to the volunteers who made up our team - Pat Logan,Jamie Mackay,Mark Roberts,Graham Huntley,Michael Huntley,Ray Allen,Nic Owen,Horace Nelson,Mike Maranzano,Matt Field,David Field,Matt Danny(guest) & maybe even the referee who had a short stint in defence and was closest to the scorer but failed to close him down!

Grateful thanks,too,to Kevin & his staff for providing the facilities and the half-time oranges!


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