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Sun 16 Dec 15:00 - Cup Full time

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After last weeks great performance and defeat the players were looking forward to getting back on the pitch and playing some football.

This week we were again reduced to only having 12 players available, but at least they were all fit to play.

Well we started very strongly making sure that the Leiston players knew we were there, in the 3rd minute of the game Luke put in a nice free kick which Liam scored with a good header. Great start and the team were soon pushing for another, wining nearly every tackle and shutting down the ball, forcing mistakes. 9 minutes in and Jack floated one over the top of the defence for Luke to volley in, great goal wish we had action replay!! Leiston were now starting to see a bit more of the game and a mistake in our midfield/defence saw a great ball sliced between our centre backs and through to there winger, who cut it across the goal for a good sliding finish from there forward, a hint of off side but a good movement deserved the goal. A few minutes later Leiston earned themselves a free kick, a good strike, ball swerving and the sun in his eyes Luke makes a great save definitely one that deserved a photo...... This seemed to get our players attention focused back onto the game and we force a corner heading the ball wide, then a good movement down the pitch sees Adam taken down in the box. Lewis steps up and takes a great penalty in the 27 min. We go in at half time 1-3 up.
Second half sees us make a straight swap with our left back but playing the same formation. Leiston came out making some tactical changes reducing our play in the midfield, making it harder for us to get the ball and forcing us to look at the long ball. They shut down certain players well force mistakes and a few of our players heads started to drop. We make a change and asked our players to shorten the game and keep the ball, this soon saw some good play from us and resulted in a 3 pass move with Sean finishing well. Straight away we shut down Leiston from their kick off, a 5 pass movement and Adam finishes well all this within a minute of the last goal! We see out the rest of the game and have a couple of more chances with the game ending 1-5 to the Town and a well deserved win.

MOM - Tom Lockett - whose unselfish play releases our central midfield players.

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