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Rocks 1st Team vs Lydney (away) 27th December

3 years ago By Graham Witchard

19 year old makes debut ......

With Rocks adding two new players to the squad and of these 19 year old Mason Poole making his debut the performance in the first half was without doubt the best that they have shown all season, this was reflected in the fact that by HT they were leading championship contenders Lydney by one goal to nil.

Playing with a flat back four and three up front Rocks created several chances that went wide or high giving the home defence anxious moments before James Brock receiving the ball wide on the left in the 22nd minute worked his way into the penalty box before being brought down, the spot kick taken low and hard to the right of home keeper Josh Loade by Joe Walters put them one up.

With captain Jerome Ingram and Shomari Sengor in midfield and defenders Jack Neale, Billy Bonds, Aaron Clark and debutant Mason Poole all playing their part Rocks looked more like aspiring champions than a team that have struggled all season.

The home side were restricted to long range efforts and Rocks defenders were not at any time put under real pressure during the first half and finished in full control.

Rocks manager Justin Pritchard had to ring the changes at HT when full back Billy Bonds was unable to resume, this meant that Rocks changed to three only at the back and five in mid field, this formation did not work and they found themselves up against a different home side who had also made changes.

Lydney were now finding more space up front and Rocks were under pressure from the start of the second half, it was only a matter of time before this pressure paid off when in the 57th minute with the ball bobbling around the six yard box Declan Morley-Lynne scored their first, quickly followed two minutes later when a Rocks defender gave the ball away just outside the box and Jarred Liddington took advantage and to go through and put the home side in front.

With Lydney now piling the pressure on Rocks another mistake in defence allowed Richard Kear to put the game out of reach in scoring the third in the 64th minute, the scoring was completed with only a few minutes to go when Pat Gibbs collected the ball outside the penalty box on the left and turned and fired home a spectacular goal with his right foot giving the keeper no chance for the best goal of the game and probably his best of the season so far.

The Rocks next game is away to Highworth Town in the league cup on Saturday 3rd January 2015 KO 3.00pm.

Rocks reserves are at home to Avonmouth on Saturday 3rd January KO 2.00pm.

Where next?

Rocks 1st Team vs Longlevens (away) Better second half performance

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