Match Report for U11s Lightning for Sunday 20th.
An away day at Woodcombe awaited the Lightning players in the second match of the league season.
Last time out Blair were frustrated and the match ended in an unsavoury 3-1 defeat so the players were keen to reverse the result.
Blair started well and signalled their intent fighting for every ball and winning the midfield battle with some crunching tackles.
The hard work the players had done in training on set pieces almost paid off when a superb delivery was almost turned in by Dylan Simpson and then Harrison Liddle.
The opening goal came in the 6th minute when a superb piece of play saw Lewis Inkpen net his first Blair goal of 2019.
Blair continued to cement their hold on the match winning first and second balls all over the pitch.
More good build up play through midfield saw Josh Carter through into the Woodcombe box and after cleverly drawing the defender, JC knocked the ball into the space and was brought down giving the ref an easy penalty decision.
The penalty was scored by Wellsy on 12 minutes and giving Blair some breathing room.
Woodcombe continued to compete and got their rewards after some good football saw them in down the right and a cross towards the back post eluded the Blair defence and was finished well.
Blair took this challenge on and upped the pressure creating numerous chances before Lewis added his second to restore the 2 goal cushion.
Shortly after the goal an innocuous challenge in the midfield saw James Barnes-Farnham land awkwardly and injure his hip forcing him off for the remainder of the match.
Half time came and the rest gave the players a chance to recoup. Tireless work on the flanks from Ronnie Horner and Harrison Liddle kept the forward options open.
Blair continued to look comfortable at the back with Simpson and Hughes running the show conceding nothing.
Despite missing The Sherriff, his deputy “H” had a superb morning making some superb stops and playing out well from the back.
Hughes moved into midfield alongside Inkpen and they ran the show creating numerous chances for Okoronkwo and Wellsy before Liddle made a chance for himself but was denied a superb solo goal late on.
With the result in the bag, Blair now have back to back home games to try and continue their solid start.
Updated 22:47 - 24 Jan 2019 by Mark Hopper