Old Newton Utd Reserves v Sporting 87 Reserves
Frustrating day at the office!
A Spirited second half prevents Sporting 87 Reserves doing the double over us...................
Last week we entertained Sporting 87 Reserves at Church Road. After losing to a last minuet penalty the last time we played Sporting, we were keen to get out on the pitch to put in a better performance. We had a number of our regular starters either away on holiday, injured or called up to the First Team which was going to give an opportunity to Ian Rice (new to the club) and some of the other players that have not been in the starting eleven recently.
Unfortunately, our habit of getting off to a slow start continued to plague us as we found ourselves 2-0 down within the first 20 mins. This was pretty disappointing and we were all frustrated going in at half time 2-0 down.
The second half started how the first half should have…….with us controlling the game, and creating plenty of chances. We soon converted one of the chances as Aston Parris made a straight run form midfield and finished well after a one -two with Barty. This soon become 2-2 when Ben English fired past their keeper. With 20 mins to play I was confident that we would go on and get all 3 points but that wasn’t to be and the game finished 2-2.
Although it was frustrating not to get all 3 points, I was pleased that the lads come out in the second half and put in a better performance to get us a point.
We continue to sit in a good place in the league and a win in our next game could move us up to second. Unfortunately or fortunately (depends how you see it) our good start has lead to some of our players attracting interest from teams in higher divisions and our First Team. Reece Bayly has now moved to Bramford (in Senior League), James Cannings has joined Claydon and Alex Drouet moving up to the First Team. I would especially like to thank Reece for all his efforts over the years and I hope it works out for him at Bramford.
This week we play in our modern day derby against the Sham. So far both Mendlesham sides are having a horror show of a season and its our intention to make sure that continues (for this week anyway) ;-) .