FULBECK UNITED 1 SKEGNESS UNITED 2
United put on an excellent display in defeating current 2nd placed club in the Premier League with this victory in the Round 3 of the Sports Cup.
There were a number of senior players missing from the starting line up, however those who stepped in produced 100%. By the kick off the rain had stopped, however it had made the surface slippery.
The game started with United the brighter of the two sides and the first chance came when a 50 yard run by Zak Bray in beating two players was cleared by the home defence. Then the first real chance of the match came to United, but they could not force the ball home when it was bobbling around the Fulbeck 6 yard area. The home side began to come more into the game using both wings, however the United defence marshalled by Lyall, and aided by Minor, Howitt and Bray dealt with balls into the box.
The nearest the home side came within a goal in the first half was when Alex Kendrick had to make a double save to keep the score level. With the score level at the break it was all to play for in the second half.
United were using the wings with Keaton Grainger and John Courtney to keep the home side on their toes, with Ryan O’Loughlin and Rhys Mansell pushing forward from midfield. Brett Dennis had a lone furrow up front, however always kept the home defence on their toes.
Protection to the back four was given by Sam Sleight. United took the lead midway through the second half when Ryan O’Loughlin picked up a loose ball in the home area and fired home.
Then the referee awarded the home side a free kick on the edge of the United area for handball, which appeared a harsh decision. From the resulting kick Kendrick pushed the ball over the bar for a corner.
As in the first half the home side put plenty of balls into the United area, however they were either too long and out for a goal kick or into the hands of keeper Kendrick.
United increased their lead with around 12 minutes to go when another loose ball in the Fulbeck area was picked up Ryan O’Loughlin who side stepped his marker and slotted his shot wide of the keeper.
The home side pulled a goal with around 8 minutes to go, and again it appeared a harsh decision. This time he adjudged Kendrick had stepped outside his area when kicking from his hands. The referee was 20 yards away and could not have been in a position to see clearly.
From the resulting free kick Fulbeck reduced the arrears firing into the corner of the net.
United saw out the final minutes of the game on the attack, and moved into the next round with this deserved victory.
Man of the Match - Alex Kendrick
Team: Alex Kendrick, Zak Bray, Daniel Howitt, Karl Minor, Jamie Lyall, Sam Sleight, Rhys Mansell, John Courtney, Brett Dennis, Ryan O’Loughlin and Keaton Grainger.