July is always an interesting month in pre-season for Lyne F.C as we use the month as an opportunity to play teams from the combined Counties which are two or three levels above us in the football pyramid. Our target this year was to get a positive result out of 50% of these senior games so a draw or win and we have had a good day.
Bedfont Sports (Away) Combined Counties Premier
The month started with a trip to Bedfont Sports and their new state of the art astro turf, Bedfont had the better of the first half controlling the match in all departments and achieve a 2-0 lead at the half way mark. The first 15 minutes of the second half was a different Lyne F.C which pressed and probed the Bedfont side and we were rewarded with two goals of our own bringing the score to 2-2. Unfortunately, this score line was short lived with Bedfont putting the pressure on once again and scoring another three goals before the final whistle. FT 5-2 and a score line which was a true reflection of the game.
Target percentage 0%
Cobham F.C (Home) Combined Counties 1
An interesting matchup this game with both teams looking to play out of the back but equally happy to mix it up and go a little longer. I must admit out of all the pre-season friendlies in July I felt this one we were very unfortunate to lose as we felt we played some of our best football. But credit to Cobham they took their chances and we didn’t which reflects in the final score line of 2-3. Masses of positives to take from this game with the only negative being the result.
Target percentage 0%
Spelthorne Sports. (Home) Combined Counties Premier
As always when playing Spelthorne Sports, it always seems to be a close affair with only a goal or two in it. This was no exception but on this occasion Lyne grabbed the victory 2-1 playing some very tidy football and deserved of the win.
Target percentage 33.3 %
Chertsey Town. (Home) Combined Counties Premier
Lyne was full of confidence coming off the back of a victory against Spelthorne Sports, but for some unknown reason started a little slow in our match against Chertsey. At one point in the first half we found ourselves 0-3 down but managed to drag one back to make it 1-3 at the half way mark. A good few changes at half time see us get back into our stride with a final score line of 5-5…What a comeback!
Target percentage 50%
Walton and Hersham F.C (Home) Combined Counties Premier
Well it’s got to be said Lyne F.C got a lesson in football in the first half of this match finding themselves 0-5 down at half time. A few not so kind words with the players did gain a good solid reaction and we managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half. Final score 0-5 and well deserved by Walton and Hersham.
Target percentage 40%
Worcester Park (Home) Combined Counties 1
The whistle went and Worcester Park came out of the blocks much quicker than the Lyne team, pilling on the pressure and if it wasn’t for some fantastic defending and goal keeping this match could have had such a different outcome. After the first ten minutes or so Lyne found a foothold in the match which lead to a brilliant goal from Jordan which would fair to be said against the run of play at that point in time.
Lyne continued to grow into the game and carried the 1-0 score line to half time.
Lyne made six changes at half time making sure all players had a minimum of 45 minutes and equally every opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the first team squad. Lyne continued to play well but was having trouble picking up runners from set pieces, this cost them dearly when Worcester Park capitalised to bring the score line to 1-1.
Worcester Park then took hold of the game making it 2-1 not long after with a well taken goal. Lyne wasn’t going to roll over and battled their way back into it with a well taken goal by Ryan. 2-2
The closing part of the match see some great passion and grit with Lyne holding on for a well-deserved draw.
Target percentage 50%
Westfield F.C (Home) Combined Counties Premier
Westfield are one of the teams that are in the running for a Combined Counties title this season narrowly missing out last season. The match started off evenly balance with a good few opportunities going begging for both sides in the first half but ended up 0-0 at the half time whistle. A good few changes for the second half and Lyne got a foothold lead from a breakaway goal somewhat against the run of play, 1-0 Lyne. This was short lived however with Westfield grabbing one back shortly after 1-1. For the last twenty minutes Westfield piled on the pressure but just could beat Lyne’s keeper, great blocks by defender and it must be said some under par finishing by the Westfield attackers. Final score 1-1 and a great lesson for the Lyne lads in how to defend for your life which they done fantastically well to get something out of the game.
Target percentage 57%
So, a round-up of our July pre-season matches against senior sides it that we have over achieved on our target percentage, over achieved on the pitches and we are in a fantastic position to develop even more in the month of August.
Lyne F.C would like to thank all of the Combined Counties club we have had the pleasure to play in the month of July and wish them all well in the F.A Cup on the 5th August and furthermore in their respective League.
Most of all thank you for the respect you have shown Lyne F.C by taking the chance to play us and believing that we would give you a competitive preseason game.