League opener goes Lyne’s way.
The day started with the squad turning up at our new home for the season, The meadhurst Club in Sunbury.
So we enter the only changing rooms visible to find it’s the size of a postage stamp and can only fit the squad in it without any kit! Shall we say it was cosy!
At this point three other teams turn up including our opponents, but only one changing room left. This could be tricky! Anyway we go to reception and enquire. The lady comes with me and opens up a completely new changing room which she says this is the home team changing (Which happens to be 5x the size of the one we camped up in). Oh well it is our first time there so no one fault!
Rather than change all our gear around we gave the home dressing room to our opponents for today, Parkside United.
Going into this match today we found ourselves with five players unavailable for selection due to injuries or other commitments, but because we have so much strength in depth in the squad selection of a strong 16 is still very easy.
The first 30 minutes was a pretty even affair with both sides seeing plenty of the ball, but Lyne started to take control with 15 minutes of the first half to go and commenced turning the thumbscrews.
Lyne however continued to give away niggly free kicks in our own half and Parkside used every one of these opportunities to put the ball in our 18 yard box and on odd occasions caused us some difficulties.
Basically that was a pretty consistent ploy used by Parkside, long throws into box, all free kicks into box and a fair few long balls in behind our back four.
We are pleased to say that in last weekend’s friendly a very similar tactic was used, so we was familiar with how to deal with this type of style. Mind you saying that it wasn’t easy and we must commend Ashley and Jerome for addressing the problems with outstanding composure.
First half finished 0-0
The half time team talk was as always positive and full of coaching points delivered perfectly by Ian and Lee, giving the whole team a real lift to go out and earn the three points.
The second half got underway and Lyne instantly reacted to information given and immediately started to push for the opening goal.
On the 60 minute mark Lyne opened their account with a well taken goal from Jordan assisted by Felipe.
- 1-0 Lyne
Just a few minutes later the score line was doubled with yet another goal by Jordan, this time assisted by Josh.
- 2-0 Lyne
Lyne then entered a short spell of uncertainty, this spell of uncertainty went on for some seven or eight minutes with various players making unusual mistakes and making wrong decisions they would not normally make.
Within that spell Parkside got a goal back from a very well taken overhead kick from some 18 yards out.
As all teams know, when you are only two up and the you give away a goal to make the score line 2-1 it is critical you get a reaction and secure you position by going straight up the other end to make it 3-1.
And that is exactly what happened, within 5 minutes Lyne was back in charge with Jordan this time assisting Jake to slot away Lyne’s third goal and pretty well killed off the game.
Full Time 3-1 Lyne.
In what was a physical match, Lyne proved they can deal with that sort of game and match up when needed but equally the lads kept about their job with good discipline which at times was well tested.
Complete respect to Parkside United who gave us a very competitive match and I am sure they will be up alongside us at the end of the season.
Lyne F.C would like to wish Parkside every success in future League matches and equally in the relevant cups going forward.
Well done to the whole squad for making such a great start to the season and roll on next week.
The squad: James, Ben, Ashley, Jerome, Ryan E, Josh, Luke, Felipe ©, Fudge, Jake (1), Jordan (2), Stuart, Ollie, Luca, Ryan A and Hitz
Star man this week went to Ashley for some outstanding defending, but could so easily have gone to any number of players in the squad who all contributed to the three points on the day!
Next week we are away to Guildford Rangers (League)