Sat 21
Friar Lane & Epworth FC
1st team
H Brown (13'), J Anderson (20'), (65')
Friar Lane & Epworth v Ellistown

Friar Lane & Epworth v Ellistown

By Andrew Grout
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Who would be a goalie!!!!!!!

Another thrilling game ended with Ellistown shooting themselves in the foot (again) to gift Friar Lane the 3 points.

It's always a pleasure to visit Friar Lane who are a club with a proud history and they look after you.

On the pitch they are rebuilding and took Rugby Borough all the way in their previous game and we knew this was going to be a tough away day.

So it proved as Friar Lane with a fast start took the lead on 8 mins when Elias Macintosh headed home a set-piece. You know what our training will be focused on this week.

FL 1-0 EFC 8 mins

The goal fired Ellistown into life and we equalised 5 mins later then Haydn Brown waltzed through the Friar Lane defence and coolly finished. Quality goal.

FL 1-1 EFC 13 mins

The game opened up and went end to end with Ellistown having the better chances but could not convert. A phrase that would prove costly.

We finally took the lead on 20 mins when the first of the goalkeeper errors saw Josh Anderson nick the ball off Joshua Bucciero to pass it into the empty net.

FL 1-2 EFC 20 mins

Ellistown were playing the better football but credit to Friar Lane they battled and we needed the third. How we never got the 3rd,4th,5th,6th before half-time only our centre forwards will know as we missed chance after chance. Credit to the Friar Lane goalie who kept them in it.

We walked off at half-time knowing we will have to work hard in the 2nd half if we were going home with the 3 points.

FL 1-2 EFC HT.

The 2nd half was more open than the 1st and we just could not put the game to bed as we let more chances come and go. As the half progressed, Friar Lane came more into it as their confidence grew and they knew the open nature of the game will create chances.

How Friar Lane got back into it disappointed us as a Louis Finney-Neckles 30 yard free-kick that was floated into the box, missed everyone including our keeper to land into the back of the net. Up to this point, all the goals we had conceded this season had come from set-pieces.

FL 2-2 EFC 62 mins

We rolled up our sleeves and 3 minutes later, Josh Anderson put us back into the lead with a Justin Fashanu turn and shot (Google it). A quality goal.

FL 2-3 EFC 65 mins

Friar Lane equalised again 2 mins later with a quality goal, as they cut apart our defence to allow Shay Allen to slide in from close range.

FL 3-3 EFC 67 mins

Now we were into Heavyweight boxing mode, as the 2 sides slugged it out to find the winner. It made it a nervous watch for the Ellistown away faithful who cheered the lads on.

Our hearts sank when on the last passage of play, our keeper Keenan Tailby passed the ball to Henry Onifade who when faced with an open goal said thank you very much and the 3 points were Friar Lanes.

FL 4-3 EFC 90 mins

A gutted team walked off the pitch at the final whistle knowing they had thrown away another game of football.



Credit to Friar Lane who battled throughout the game and took their chances. From our perspective it's easy to look at the back line but we had enough chances to give the defence some breathing space. Don't take your chances then you don't win games.

Credit goes to James Warren who played like an experienced pro instead of a 18 years old, Ashley Riddell who put in a man of the match performance and our forward line proved we can score, our midfield proved they can battle and play football, while we know the defence can defend.

So, it's a double training sessions to work on the tweaks before facing one of the League Favourites, Cottesmore at Terrace Road next Saturday.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Aug 2021






Everards Brewery Premier Division

League position

Ellistown FC
Friar Lane & Epworth FC