Christchurch FC v Blackfield and Langley Wednesday 6 August 2014

SYDENHAMS PREMIER LEAGUE (WESSEX)

CHRISTCHURCH v BLACKFIELD AND LANGLEY

MATCH RESULT: 1 – 2

GOAL SCORER: MATT DODD

1. JAMIE BRAY
2. ANTHONY HARRIS
3. DAN STEER (CAPT)
4. LEE CLARK
5. MATT DODD
6. MARCUS CULLEN
7. SONNY WILKINSON
8. ALEX ROBERTS
9. JACK LOVELL
10. MATT VINING
11. BRAD HILL

SUB USED:

ROSS HAMPTON-BROWN

It was heartbreak for Church who conceded two late goals in two minutes to be defeated by one of the big spenders of the league.

The visitors had plenty of the ball in the first 20 minutes but only really threatened Jamie Bray in the home goal once when he saved well with his feet. As Church settled they created a good chance after 20 minutes when Matt Vining lobbed the keeper (ex Church Gareth Barfoot) who had to react swiftly to save. Although having plenty of possession Blackfield’s attacks were being snuffed out by the hard working Church defence in which debutant Anthony Harris and youngster Matt Dodd were outstanding and Church through the determined Jack Lovell had two good chances to net in their forays into the visitors half, however on both occasions he took one touch too many, allowing defenders to charge down his efforts.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with Bray again saving well with his feet on 67 minutes but then Church took the lead two minutes later. Matt Dodd had a looping header well saved but from the resulting corner it was played short to Harris whose excellent cross was headed in by Dodd. Blackfield made substitutions to increase their attacking options but again Church were defending so well they did not threaten until after 82 minutes a long ball was flicked on and Lee Clark committed a foul resulting in both a penalty and a red card. The penalty was easily converted and then worse was to follow a minute later when a right wing cross was converted from close range. Church rallied in the last few minutes but were unable to find the equaliser despite the tireless efforts of Lovell who worked so hard throughout the evening.

Manager Adie Arnold can be well pleased with the performance after last week’s disappointing showing as the team had an excellent mix of old heads and promising youngsters and more displays like this will soon bring their just rewards.

MAN OF THE MATCH: MATT DODD

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