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LLFC 2s 2-2 Sedcopians 2s (Barratt, Embleton)

4507810159_0490e1f564.jpgThe scene was perfectly set for LLFC 2s to make their bow in the AFC Division One South at the Griffin – clear blue skies, a delightful playing surface, fresh new kit and the prospect of the season’s first LLFC social that evening. On reflection, there were many positives to take from the game, however, given LLFC’s control of most of the game, the overriding mood in the camp at the final whistle was understandably one of despondency.

LLFC made a bright start to the game, taking control of the middle of the park and working well to find space in the channels. LLFC’s defensive line kept its shape and discipline, limiting the visitors’ attacking threat to a speculative long-range effort from their towering central midfielder, for whom the phrase “good feet for a big man” seems particularly apt. The home side were finally given their just reward for their dominance when a flowing move, incorporating the entire midfield and the two forwards, was neatly finished by Jack Barratt. With LLFC firmly in the ascendancy, chances were being created at will, with Muzzy getting a lot of joy with his darting runs down the left flank. The home side looked increasingly dangerous from captain Mines’ dead-ball deliveries and were able to double their lead when Embleton used his aerial prowess to direct a pinpoint corner from Mines into the back of the net. LLFC continued in search of a third goal, with Groomy striking the woodwork from the edge of the box. Against the run of play, Old Sedcopians managed to pull a goal back before the break. A momentary lapse in concentration in the LLFC defence from an Old Sedcopians’ throw resulted in an unmarked striker at the back post diverting past the onrushing Hadzic.

Seemingly buoyed by their goal before the break, Old Sedcopians opened the second half with all guns blazing. LLFC were not showcasing the same confidence from the first half, and the visitors succeeded in getting in behind the LLFC back line on a few occasions. As the game went on, it became increasingly apparent that the visitors were looking to impose themselves physically on the game, with Messrs Mines, Embleton and Matharu on the receiving end of ill-timed challenges. The hosts pushed for a third goal to put the contest beyond doubt, and came close to doing so on several occasions, but with the game entering a tense finale, the visitors managed to level the scores. Their centre forward, arguably their biggest source of danger throughout the game, leapt well to angle his header from a free-kick from deep into the corner of the net. The roars of joy from the visiting players were perhaps indicative of how lucky they were to emerge with a point, and how LLFC will view their season opener as two points lost rather than a point gained.

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