Reserves kick off 2018 with derby win
A dominant display gave the Reserves a perfect start to the second half of the season. Corehard man of the match: Charlie Pratt
Carl Smith reports:
The Reserves returned from the Christmas break looking to close the gap at the top of the table with an away fixture against Lemsford, which was to go ahead at the third time of asking due to the pre-Christmas weather.
On a very cold afternoon the players produce one of their most dominant displays of the season as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
A bright start saw plenty of possession and neat build up play particularly through Callum Rowe, Jon Dunne and Louis Gilbert down the right hand side. Our bright start was rewarded when a diagonal ball into the box aimed for the lively Charlie Pratt saw him clattered by the home goalkeeper and the referee award a clear penalty. Louis Gilbert confidently stepped up and gave the keeper no chance, placing his penalty into the top left hand corner for 0-1.
As we continued to control the game a few half chances came and went, the most notable from Dunne who was played into the box but his strike was too central and the goalkeeper made a good stop to deny a second goal. Shortly after, Charlie Pratt drifted inside from the left and a neat piece of skill saw the home defender bring him down 25 yards from goal. Pratt confidently stepped up and curled his free kick over the wall and into the bottom corner for 0-2.
The message at half time was not to become complacent and to make our dominance count in the second half.
The second half was more of a scrappy affair and in almost a carbon copy of the first half we were awarded a penalty when Dunne was adjudged to have been punched in the head by the home keeper as a corner kick came into the box. Gilbert confidently stepped up again and converted the penalty for 0-3 and his 14th goal of the season. Lemsford had a couple of rare opportunities in the second half and hit the bar from a free kick. From the resulting corner, an overhead kick from the Lemsford substitute forced Alfie Pettit in the away goal into a fine save. The scoring was complete when Charlie Pratt added his second from another free kick, this time curling into the top right hand corner, giving the keeper no chance for 0-4.
Corehard man of the match: Charlie Pratt
Overall, a very dominant display with a clean sheet being equally as pleasing as the performance. The reserves are at home next week with a tough test against a rejuvenated Wormley side.