1st Team Complete League Double over Cornard
Lakenheath completed a league double of their Suffolk rivals on Saturday, it was in fact their third victory over Cornard this season having beaten them by the same score line earlier in the season in the Division 1 Cup.
Heath started off the better of the two teams and created the first presentable opening when Jordan Baker's cross was met by James McCabe 8 yards out but the wide man was unable to keep his header down. Aaron Forshaw had the next chance when his spectacular 25 yard strike was well saved by Athey in the Cornard goal, Heath did get the ball into the net but it was chalked off for a push.
Cornard came back into the match as the half progressed and ended the period on top with a couple of Free Kicks that went sailing harmlessly over before a deflected strike went narrowly wide with debutant Blake Horton beaten.
The second half began with Heath on the front foot, and having hit the bar a couple of minutes before took the lead on 54 minutes. Forshaw wriggled free of a couple of defenders to reach the byline before pulling the ball back across goal for Aaron Turner to slide the ball home from 6 yards. The lead was quickly doubled when some good work from Jack Gould on the left saw him cross for Kelvin Enaro to head powerfully into the corner of the net.
At this point it seemed that the visitors would run away with the match but a combination of good defending, poor finishing and the woodwork saw Gould, Turner, Enaro, Reece Clarke and another debutant Mike Orriss all denied. During this period the home team were also reduced to ten men after the dismissal of McGibbon for persistent foul play.
On 85 minutes Cornard had an unlikely lifeline after sloppy defensive play saw Heath lose possession twice in quick succession the lively Graham beat Horton from 25 yards with an excellent low strike.
Heath managed to see out the remaining time, under some pressure, with Ryan Sanders and Horton controlling the box well to claim the 3 points.