Managers Report - Sat 16/10/21 - Parkfield 6 - 3 Leyton County Old Boys
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Our longest journey of the season always brings with it problems. This time as well as availability issues we were confronted with a home team who had moved the k.o. time30 minutes later and then showed up wearing a red kit. Another 15 minute delay for a kit change by the home team and we were ready to go. It did help with our own latecomers and meant we started the game with 11 players, in contrast to last years fixture where we had to start with 9 and were 1-0 down after 5 minutes! (we eventually won that game 3-2 after the remaining lads arrived). This game followed a similar pattern as Parkfield went behind early in the game and then conceded 2 more to end up in a precarious position of 0-3 down with only 25 minutes on the clock. Leyton County must have pinched themselves at the scoreline as most of the game had been played in their half and their goals came from very quick breaks upfield. Luke, making his first team debut in goal was not at fault for any of the goals, but must have begun to regret the 1 ½ hour journey to Essex. He didn’t let the early setback get to him and proceeded to distribute the ball out to Red shirts with confident and accurate throws. After countless corners and numerous forays into the LCOB 18 yard box including an effort against the bar, some magic from Parkfields right back Mike Adofo , pulled the Reds back into the game. Some very neat footwork bamboozled the LCOB defenders and a coolly placed shot reduced the deficit. 1-3. This lifted PFC who now with the (non-existent) ‘wind in their sales’, stepped up the onslaught. A second goal came perfectly timed just before the ref blew for halftime, Miro bundling the ball into the net as Parkfield crowded the LCOB goalmouth. Halftime 2-3.
The upbeat tempo at halftime continued into the early stages of the next 45 where Reds attacked with clinical efficiency. The goals came ironically in the same manner as LCOB’s 1st half goals, very quick breaks and accurate finishes. Paul Kelly playing his first game in Parkfields 1st team for a number of years found his feet in the centre of the park and began to win most 50/50’s, breaking up the LCOB attacks. Also Glenn Madison fitting in well into a back four where he took no hesitation in organizing and looked as if he’d been playing with us for some time. Pablo, at left back, almost won himself Man of the Match, however he was pipped to the post by Miro due to his tireless running upfront, particularly when Reds went to a 4-5-1 formation from minute 30 onwards. Final score 6-3 scorers Nathan 2, Miro 2, Michael and Oussama.