The First Team played well at the Valley of the Race Horse

Posted: January 14th, 2012 by Andreas

Lambourn Sports 1 – Penn & Tylers Green FC 1

The village of Lambourn is located near the source of the river Lambourn on the beautiful chalk downlands of England. The village is famous for its association with the training of the world’s finest race horses.

Skipper leads out the team

There are over 2000 horses in training in the Lambourn valley with over 50 Racing Yards. The boys were not really interested in this as there was a football match to be contested. The pitch played well despite the frosty conditions. Lambourn Sports were excellent and very welcoming hosts.

We might as well make one thing clear right at the beginning of this report. This was a very good away point but it should have been three. The same old story: Slow start followed by being on top for about 70 minutes of the game and not being clinical enough with our finishing.

The Gaffer at Lambourn

In the first five minutes of the game both teams testing each other out. Lambourn then threatened to dominate the game and it was in this period that they managed to take the lead. A through ball caught out Aiden Taylor, and as he was carrying an injury he could not recover the ball despite his attempt to get it clear with a last minute sliding tackle. Their forward slotted the ball home with from just inside the box with only Matt Cannings to beat.

This was not the ideal start. Shortly after that Aiden Taylor limped off and was replaced by Nathan Quantrill making his debut for the boys in blue & white. Matt Cannings was not really tested from then on. Penn & Tylers Green FC worked hard for the equaliser but playing too deep meant that the game was stretched with too much of a gap between our midfield and Rino Sepede up front. At least Dean Munday and Antonio Sepede were solid ensuring that the first half finished with Penn & Tylers Green FC slightly on top 0-1 down but still in the game.

The Loyal Fans - Tweedle Dee and Tweedle McDum

The gaffer Giovanni Sepede had words at half time. This was obvious as the boys stepped up two gears and dominated the rest of the game. The best chance came after a brilliant through ball from Jamie Hunt left Liam Ratcliffe with a great opportunity with just the keeper to beat, who produced an excellent save. Was this to be one of those days? Fortunately not; Chris Hurst raced down the left flank and produced an excellent low cross into the pass of Jamie Hunt who slotted home from about 18 yards with an excellent finish. Felix Magath and Sandro Mazzola would have been proud of that.

Felix Magath

Shortly after that Gary Crick crossed from the left with Liam Ratcliffe finishing well. Celebrations were short lived as the goal was ruled out for off side. Rino Sepede had to come off in the 73rd minute with an injury and was replaced by young Luke Cohen, who nearly scored but his attempt was cleared off the line by a Lambourn defender.

Sandro Mazzola

Penn & Tylers Green FC kept pushing for the winner with Jamie Louison and Jack Dean working their socks off – but to no avail. The final whistle went and although we did not win at a high flying Lambourn Sports the boys should be pleased with the second half performance – they played well.

The Team: M Cannings – A Taylor – G Crick – D Munday – A Sepede (Captain) – J Hunt (1) – C Hurst – J Dean – J Louison – L Ratcliffe – R Sepede. Substitutes used: L Cohen – N Quantrill. Substitute not used: JonPaul Iaciofano. Manager: Giovanni Sepede

Jamie Hunt - Scorer and Man of the Match

Man of the Match: Jamie Hunt

Match report by Andreas Latta (Secretary)