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PostSubject: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:28 am

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:32 am

Norwich City Vs Coventry City

With only three of us and the notorious A14 to tackle at night we decided to go my coach for the League Cup Game. We set off in the air-conditioned coach in wonderful sunshine and after a good three hour trip arrived in Norwich with the sun beating down making it feel like a pre-season friendly. It was my first visit to Carrow Road for five years after a walk around the ground we heard the team news and to our surprise TM put out the strongest team possible but with half the team missing though injuries or suspensions he didn’t have much of a choice. The line up in goal was Reece-Cook, with Dion, Harries, Ricketts, Willis and Page in defence; in midfield we had McCann, Gadzhev, and Stevenson and up front were Reid and Agyei. Norwich made 11 changes to the starting line-up from the last game and included two ex City players in Maddison and Murphy. Despite the wholesale changes the Canaries put out a very strong side.

The recently relegated home side started the better attacking City from the off with Ricketts being alert to stop one attack early on giving the home side a free kick with which Maddison put over the bar. City did settle down and started to play some football but the home side looked the better. Five minutes later Norwich won another free kick when Page was pulled up for a foul, instead of going for goal Maddison rolled the ball sideways for a team mate to have a crack on target but straight to Reece-Cook. City were holding on as Norwich dominated as one of their players shot wide. Their fans were singing as well mainly about their hatred of their neighbours, Ipswich, (some 45 miles to the south). The home side kept up the pressure and won a corner; Maddison took it and picked out their captain, Martin, whose header was tipped over by Reece-Cook in the goal. At the other end Agyei did fire wide in a rare attack but when we did get forward Page refused to take on his man whilst Dion was trying his best to get beyond their defence. A good sliding tackle by Ricketts broke up another attack. Minutes later no such luck as Willis misread a ball and the dangerous Canos got it and advanced he played in Northern Ireland International, Lafferty in for a one-on-one with Reece-Cook and he scored. Gadzhev had a shot that was saved by the Welsh International keeper (I said they had a strong reserve side) Jones, but it was off a side. City started to get into the game a bit more as good work by Dion found Stevenson who forced a save before Gadzhev fire not too far wide. Ten minutes from the end of the half Canos got the ball on the left and cut in then he curled a great shot around Reece-Cook to make it two. A good goal and this got the noisy but annoying home fans singing again whilst I reminded them of the money gap between the clubs. City were now hanging on for half time as Reid lost the ball to Maddison he played in our 2nd highest scorer from last season, Murphy, whose shot was blocked for a corner before the half ended.


Second half saw a change on came Lameiras for Reid. City started quite well with Agyei forcing the keeper into a save. Maddison then had a shot save at the other end. Agyei then got the ball to Gadzhev who fired into the side netting. It wasn’t a bad game now as both teams used the ball well to get forward as Norwich came close with a header. At our end of the pitch Dion looked for a through-ball and was clearly pushed in the back the referee Mr Webb, who had a good game, agreed and gave City a penalty. It was quite surprising to see Lameiras step up for the spot kick but after a short delay the sub despatched the kick and suddenly we were back in the tie. One thing you mustn’t do in these circumstances is conceded quickly but that’s what happened as a Maddison corner was floated in and Martin knock it home and the stuffing out of the young City side. Lameiras had a good chance to make it 3-2 but scuffed his shot before Murphy was played in and he curled the ball past the keeper to wrap up the game. Norwich made a change but it was not popular one for me off went Jacob Murphy and was replace by his twin Josh and I complained bitterly that it would be good to see twins on the field minutes later it happened as Devon Kelly-Evans came on for his debut and for only the 5th time in our history we had brothers playing and for the first time twins. “See Norwich”, I shouted “We have a sense of occasion!” City then were unlucky as Agyei got his head on a good Dion cross only to hit the post and ball rebound off him and for a goal kick he was then withdrawn for Kyle Spence for his third game, all in different competitions. Norwich were well on top as Canos ghosted in to score again. The Norwich fans celebrated and taunted us whilst I replied “£150 million for failure!” as Norwich received somewhere around that for being relegated and Maddison alone cost several times more that our entire squad. I carried on entertaining the people near me rounded on Norwich, being a Premier League team allowing a Leicester to win the league. Dion and Devon combined well down the wings as City keep playing the ball and Spence again looked lively but it was Norwich who again scored this time Godfrey scoring with a powerful kick equalling our heaviest ever away cup defeat. Norwich fans where celebrating by taking their shoes off whilst I responded with “take your shoes off if you got six toes!” implying genetic deformities through inbreeding. The home side looked for seven as they hit the post. Thankfully there were no more goals and we could head back to the coach for the trek home.

A closer to the A14 meant we hit Cov before 2 a quick jog home and I got to bed at 2.30.

Man of the match
1st The fans: For turning up
2nd Dion Kelly-Evans: Got forward well
3rd Daniel Agyei: Our only big player.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:32 am

Bradford City Vs Coventry City


The day started with set setting off to Kev’s house for the pick up when half way my car started to sound like a motorbike. At Kev’s had a quick check and I had blown my exhaust. Thankfully we had Adam with us today who had a car so he drove to the next pick up point in Leicester where Paul was waiting. A trouble free trip up the motorway to Bradford for my 9th visit and yet to see a win there in fact we haven’t won there since the 1960’s. Chatted to a few Bradford fans outside the ground and they already love Vincelot whilst they wished Reid had signed for them. They also confirmed the price of season tickets at Valley Parade was a mere £150 and if you wanted to add a child’s season ticket to that it would cost only an extra £5. Quite incredible no wonder they can always fill the ground, meanwhile we were charge £20 for the honour. In the ground we got the news that we wanted about our new forward playing the team was in goal, Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Willis and making his debut Jordan Turnbull, the fullbacks were Page and Dion Kelly-Evans, with McCann, Gadzhev, Stevenson and up front was ex-Bantam Reid and making his debut the big and powerful looking Daniel Agyei. Today’s former City players were, apart from Vincelot playing at the back they had Colin Doyle in goal and Mark Marshall on the wing.


City attacked the far end in the first half in the rain. It was clear from the off Bradford more a passing side under McCall than under Parkinson then again it would have been difficult to go more direct. Then City started to play well first off Agyei show his power and speed by getting beyond the defence but could test the keeper before Reid broke free and was denied by the legs of the keeper. City kept up the pressure with some slick football as Stevenson won the ball and feed Agyei on the edge of the area, the big forward turned and got beyond the defence the keeper came out and was chipped to register City’s first goal of the season. At last a goal and the forward looked exactly what we needed. City now with the confidence flowing went looking for a second. Meanwhile Bradford were struggling to get going with the defence well on top. McCann had a blast wide before Marshall had a dangerous run before blasting well wide. At the other end the referee Mr Miller who ran the game well awarded a free kick which Gadzhev just put too high. Agyei had another good run and he looks a real handful. Bradford were slowly getting back into the game but the back three looked solid with Willis winning everything. McCann then had to be alert for a block as the Bantams ended the half on top before a Law shot was scrambled away. City ended the half in the lead and things were looking good.


Not long into the second half City had a great chance as Agyei played in Reid who had only the keeper to beat as he was about to shot McMahon slid it with a perfectly timed tackle, from behind to take the ball away. The Sky Blues were coming under increasing pressure as Page was staring to struggle to keep a hold of Marshall. The home side kept pressing and Vincelot had a header that just went over. Willis was again on hand to clear after a good cross as City started to hang on. City then spring a counter attack as a ball was played up to Reid a defender challenged him fairly to stop him breaking free the ball fell to Stevenson who had only had a defender in front of him Mr Miller blew a half so the players could receive treatment. Reece-Cook then had to make a save at the near post. TM decided to change things around and took off a clearly tiring Agyei after a great debut and throw on Marcus Tudgay for his 50th league game only the 70th City forward to reach this mark. City under pressure but looking strong then the wheels came off, Billy Clarke raced into the area passed Turnbull the defender got a hold of his shirt and brought him down, penalty and to make it worse he was the last man so no other choice from Mr Miller but to send him off, I think the first debutant to be sent off since David Thompson. McMahon took the kick and despite Reece-Cook going the right way it was well placed and level. TM decided to change things around to see if we could hang on for a point at least as Reid was withdrawn with great applause from the home fans and on came Harries, “the best laid plans of mice and men”, as Robert Burns says as Marshall got the ball on the right cut in and released a terrific shot from the edge of the area curling around Reece-Cook and Bradford led. It was now all Bradford as they went close again before Gadzhev clipped a player just inside the box, again a clear penalty and an unnecessary one. McMahon again took it Reece-Cook went the wrong way but it was tucked in the top corner, so he wouldn’t have saved it anyway. It was now a case of how many as George Thomas was thrown on for Ricketts. Marshall had another good run and got around the keeper for what looked like a certain goal but somehow the City defenders managed to clear it off the line then minutes later a quickly taken free kick saw a Bantam player free in the box he beat the keeper but this time it was Dion in too clear off the line. Thankfully the game ended as City slipped into the relegation zone but more showed promise as the team is still being built up.

Man of the Match
1st Daniel Agyei: Power, speed and can score.
2nd Jordan Willie: Player of the season so far
3rd Kyel Reid: Best game so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:31 am

Coventry City Vs Bury Town

A good crowd of just fewer than 10,000 turned up to see if City could get off the scoring mark but the team news hardly inspired confidence. Reid and Jones apparently carrying knocks no news on Kwame Thomas and Sordell still out the front three were Tudgay, George Thomas and Lameiras, in midfield we had Gadzhev and making his debut Chris McCann, the back five were Rose, Ricketts, Harries, Willis and Rose but the new defender Jordan Turnbull wasn’t signed in time to be included. In goal was Reece-Cook playing his 40th league game. Today’s ex-City player, enforced in the F.A. rules you have to have one, was Jermaine Grandison who played 8 games for us some six years ago now. Last season City won this game 6-0 but only Ricketts and Reece-Cook started both, Rose and Lameiras came off the bench that day.

The game started quietly and basically remained that way (I could finish the match report there but I will plough on). Town were pushing forward early on but Harries was getting to everything at the back. With the game still trying to settle we had problems for Bury when Danns went down and tried again after treatment but had to be taken off. Lameiras then had City’s first shot fizzing well wide as both defences were well on top. City looked toothless up front, George Thomas who would maybe 7th or 8th choice forward after the transfer window, looked lost, Lameiras was too weak, Tudgay tried his best to win the headers but City were nowhere as strong as the visitors. A brief worry as Bury knocked in a free kick and Reece-Cook came out and totally missed it but it went out for a goal kick. With ten to go Bury’s Jones flew into Rose with studs up and injured the player, many fans were screaming for a red card but maybe a yellow would have been more appropriate but Mr England decided to just give a warning. I wonder what he thought minutes later when Rose had to limp off and be replaced by Dion Kelly-Evans. City’s tactic of knocking the ball down the wing for Rose to head was now over. Reece-Cook had us on the edge of our seats as he was closed down but City retained the ball. Up front it was awful but at the back it was solid with Willis and Ricketts joining Harries in clearing everything up. Etutu then blocked a free kick and was booked, so a studs up challenge that injures a player gets nothing an instinctive block gets a yellow card, strange rules football has. Tom Pope came close to getting on the end of a cross as we entered injury time where Pope fired at the keeper and McCann fired wide. The team was booed off.

Second half, at last a chance off went Lameiras who was missing again and on came Jones. City won a corner early on that Willis headed wide as the search for a league goal went on. Jones was improving things with a couple of darting runs but after one of them I could see he was clearly holding his groin and he looked like he had pulled something. Finally George went off and was replaced by Reid, City now looked a bit better. City won a corner and Gadzhev nearly picked out Harries but Bury counter attacked and fired over. Jones then got himself into a good position but instead of shooting, maybe his injury didn’t help, he picked out Kelly-Evans who hit the side netting. Reid worked himself into some good positions but his finishing was poor maybe a collective lack of confidence amongst the players. The game itself was still very poor as Harries now started to take the ball out into midfield to get things moving. Haynes put in a couple of good tackles as the clock ran down. Late on Bury had a couple of good chances one blocked by the keeper the other fired over before Tudgay volleyed one wide then Mr England blew for full time.

More booing but with two players promised by the manager before Bradford and maybe Sordell available things are maybe not too bad.

Man of the match
1st Cian Harries: A great talent
2nd Jordan Willis: Played well.
3rd Sam Ricketts: Used his experience well.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:31 am

Coventry City Vs Shrewsbury Town

Toady obituary ex-City players were Jim O’Brien and Gary Deegan meanwhile Sordell failed a late fitness test but we did have a new defender. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Rose, Ricketts, Willis, Harries and making his debut Lewis Page at the back. Gadzhev and Stevenson were in midfield leaving the front three of Reid, Lameiras and Jones. Inside the ground, using my season ticket I was ready for the first home league game of the season.

City looked bright early on with Ricketts going close from a corner. City were still using the ball well when Lameiras slide in Gadzhev who hit the side netting. City were passing the ball around well and testing the Shrews as Reid tried to escape down the wing earning a booking for the Shrews’ fullback. The resulting free kick taken by the Bulgarian found the Portuguese who couldn’t beat the Swiss in the goal. It was all City as Page did well to keep the ball in play and found Reid, the forward then back-heeled to the full back whose cross picked out Rose but the header was wide. Shrewsbury were sitting deep and already wasting time as City continued to probe. Reid then went close with a shot over the bar. The away side finally had an effort before the half ended without any goals.


Second half saw Town make two changes, they had the first chance of the half before Gadzhev curled a free kick wide. Ricketts was then booked as Mr Joyce the referee started to take centre stage. City then counter attacked well with Reid getting in a shot that the keeper turned around the post the resulting corner saw Rose go close. The first subs were then made of went Jones who was looking good and on came Tudgay. The referee meanwhile was still allowing the away side to waste time and seemed to give every decision their way. Stevenson was then booked as the ref was happy to show the yellow card. Rose fired wide before Harries was booked. Lameiras then was taken off and replaced by Kyle Spence who’s only appears was a couple of years ago in the J.P.T at Wycombe. Page was then booked and this time I had no complaints. At the other end Gadzhev showed strength in knocking over Deegan but the so-called Pitbull refused a hand shake from the midfielder. The Reid was withdrawn and Kwame Thomas came on for his home debut. Spence had a good run but then Thomas went down and was in a bad way, after a couple of minutes the distressed forward was stretchered off which is a massive blow for the club. City now had to play 15 minutes with ten men. Despite being lighter in numbers City still went forward but it was the away side that came closer hitting the post then in the dieing seconds a ball ran across the goal and it seemed a tap in for O’Brien but thankfully he couldn’t reach it and we got our first point of the season.

City look good apart from the scoring department with Thomas now injured a lot is riding on Sordell.

Man of the Match
1st Jordan Willis: Strong at the back
2nd Kyle Reid Looking good
3rd Cian Harries A great future.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:30 am

Coventry City Vs Portsmouth


So with the fiasco that is Coventry City forcing me down the Ricoh early as possible for despite paying in May I still hadn’t received my season ticket, along with many others and since I ticketed the cup ticket section I also never received my Pompey ticket either. The ticket office was closed at Butts earlier in the day so turned up at the Ricoh at 6.15, thankfully the queue wasn’t too long and it took me 15 minutes to reach the tills. I tried to book my season ticket seat but that was not available on the fact it had been reserved for me, being a season ticket holder but I couldn’t buy it because it had to be set aside for myself, so no one else could take it not even I, who is the season ticket holder! I bought the ticket and had to pay a £1 surcharge making it more expensive than the Portsmouth fans were paying. Left the office and now the queue was stretching well beyond the door of the office despite only having a small attendance. Into the ground and I heard the team news and T.M didn’t tinker with the side as much as I though he would, in goal was Reece-Cook, with Rose, Ricketts, Willis, Harries and Haynes at the back, Gadzhev and making his debut Ben Stevenson, leaving Lameiras, Tudgay and George Thomas up front meanwhile today’s ex City player was Adam Barton captaining the League Two side with Baker and Doyle on the bench. By now the organisers had a brainwave and decided to open up two cash turnstiles as the queue was stretching to the roundabout, this prompted a mad rush but everyone tried to get in before kick off.

So City set out trying to win a League Cup tie for the first time since we beat Birmingham in 2012. City started fairly well with Willis having a header cleared before Haynes went on a run and fired in shot but no problem for the keeper. Pompey then got a shot in at the end where their fans where. Haynes had another go before Tudgay had a shot none of them on target as the game had a pre-season feel about it. The League Two side were finding their way into the game and after a second corner Bennett advanced into the box and Gadzhev missed his challenge and brought him down, the linesman gave it and it looked a pretty clear penalty. The City players protested claiming a dive as Vladimir was booked. Main took the spot kick as we waited to see if Reece-Cook was any better at penalties than last season the answer no, as again he dived the wrong way as Pompey took the lead. Haynes was taken out with a bad tackle and his assailant was very lucky to escape without a booking. The away side started to drop back and defend as City came forward. Rose was given plenty of space down the right and he picked out Tudgay who couldn’t get any direction or power on a header. City were looking comfortable on the ball but the Portsmouth defence were having no problems. One shift counter-attack saw the lower division side break clear but Willis showed great pace to get back and break up the attack, the Cov Kid was having a good game. Barton almost scored for his old club forcing the keeper to tip the ball over his own bar. City were being let down in several areas, Lameiras and Tudgay up front and Haynes at left back were poor. Portsmouth came close at the other end before Gadzhev again picked out Rose who crossed but Tudgay could get it on target. The away side were wasting time and they got away with taking what seemed like over thirty second for a throw in. In the last minute Rose had a chance, after the ball had broke to play in Ricketts, how had made a run into the area but instead passed to Thomas in an off side position. Half time a goal down most of us would have liked to see new signing Lewis Page come on for the second half for Haynes.

At half time the P.A announced that all season tickets have been despatched whilst I shouted back that I could have delivered them quicker on my bicycle.

Second half did see a change as Jones replaced Thomas. The change had an immediate impact as the player showed great skill in jinked past a couple of tackles and lifting the team and crowd. A couple of “Sisu out” chants rolled down from the stands. Rose again crossed well before Stevenson had a blast, the young midfielder was playing well, and passing the ball with great proficiently it was hard to believe it was his debut. Haynes then over hit another cross as City started to dominate. Jones then wriggled free and teed up Lameiras for a shot that hit the woodwork. City kept up the pressure as Lameiras had a cross cleared and Gadzhev clipped the ball back it the Portsmouth defence couldn’t clear and the ball dropped to Haynes who hit it first time to level the game up the club’s current longest serving player’s second goal. Reid came on for Tudgay and now City started to look very threatening. Portsmouth were pulled up, too the delight of the home supports for taking too long over a throw in. Suddenly all the passes where sticking City were knocking it around well and Haynes went from a poor player to one full of confidence as Reid was dragging defenders around. Reid fired in a cross as Jones just couldn’t get on the end of it. T.M made another change off went the immaculate Willis and on came Jack Finch for his first game since a home game again Milton Keynes a couple of seasons ago so it was the defender’s first game under Mowbray. Then with eight minutes left Jones found Lameiras who played in Gadzhev and the former Levski man got off the mark by rolling the ball past the keeper. I celebrated by showing people my Levski key ring and shouting “rakia”, a popular drink in Bulgaria. Portsmouth went forward minutes later and won a free kick some 25-30 yards out but Naismith hit it perfectly and scored with a brilliant free kick and we were level again. It was Portsmouth looking the most dangerous in the closing minutes but the referee blew for full time meaning we had another half an hour to watch.

Maybe not so much fun for the travelling fans from Hampshire as the first period of extra time got under way as we all dreaded a penalty shoot out. Now it was all City who were keeping the ball as Portsmouth looked knackered. After a 100 minutes Jones forced the keeper into a save. The big danger was a counter attack and this happened minutes later as Portsmouth raced down the right Bennett was free down the middle, he received a pass and only had Reece-Cook to beat the keeper raced out but the played was about to skip around him when Cookie reached around him and took the ball off his feet and the defence got back to clear the danger. The first period ended.

The period was seconds old when Haynes fired in a shot the keeper pushed it away but only to Rose who scrambled the ball home to give City the lead again. I insisted that the game should now be a Golden Goal as City showed great skill in keep ball. Poor old Portsmouth couldn’t get the ball as the Sky Blues were showing great professionalism. City could have added to the score line but Bass in the away goal was keeping his side in it including scrambling back to prevent a spectacular own goal. The Portsmouth fans were still giving good support with the Pompey Chimes and the dieing minutes saw Portsmouth finally get the ball and go forward but the defence stayed resolute to see out the game and for City to make the 2nd Round.

Man of the Match (a real tough choice)
1st Andy Rose looked great at right back and scored
2nd Vladimir Gadzhev: a natural replacement for Fleck
3rd Ben Stevenson: a great debut

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:29 am

Swindon Town Vs Coventry City


So the season was back and we kicked off against a team we have not beaten in the league since the 1960’s. It was a wonderful warm day, a day for doing the garden, being by the sea or watching cricket as they where when we finally pulled into the cricket ground in Swindon which is next door to the football ground. It had taken three hours to reach the Wiltshire town but the mood was kept high by the boxes of cakes I brought with me being my birthday recently for the three in the car. It hasn’t been a great summer for City with the expected number of players not signed and the academy threatened with closer because Sisu don’t want to maintain civil relationships with anyone. Season tickets still not posted and a club run on the standards that would embarrass a Sunday League team
In the old and frankly dangerous County Ground at last we could get a new season underway. The first game of the new season is normally trying to get used to all the new faces but it wasn’t hard today as we only had one debutant starting, the team was playing 5-2-3, in goal Reece-Cook, with Dion Kelly-Evans and Haynes as wing backs, Harris, Ricketts and playing his first game of the year after a long injury Willis. In midfield we had Gadzhev, Rose, with Jones, George Thomas and new boy Marvin Sordell up front.

City were in the new home kit that looks a lot better at a distances than it does close in. It was a good turn out for the City fans. City attacked the far end in the first half and early on Jones was brought down and won a free kick it was cleared but not very well and the ball came back to Sordell whose shot took a slight deflection and hit the post. Swindon had former City player Connor Thomas playing but in defence and amazingly as captain. City were looking quite good going forward with Sordell showing some good control. The Robins looked poor at the back and City were looking the better side. Swindon were looking poor at the back as Sordell found space again after a run and knocked the ball across the penalty area George Thomas threw himself at it but couldn’t make good contact. Swindon started to retain more of the ball but they couldn’t find a way through the defence. City were easily the better side as Sordell flicked the ball and Kelly-Evans forced the Robins’ keeper into a save. The home side kept the ball and continued to probe and finally had a shot on target. Sordell was first into the book and he was very harshly booked by a not very good referee. Jones was looking lively as well when he played a ball through for Thomas to run onto he only had the keeper to beat but made it easy for him with a poor shot. The first half ended as Mr Hendley the referee was booed after a poor first half.

The second half saw a surprise as Sordell didn’t re appear and was replaced by debutant Kyel Reid. City attacking the section of the away fans saw the first chance as Jones had a shot blocked by the keeper’s legs. Swindon started to improve and missed a golden chance when they blasted over. Harris made a great block back in the defence. City didn’t look as sharp without Sordell as Swindon were now looking the better side. Willis blocked a shot. At the other end Jones went down with cramp and was replaced by Lameiras. Not long after one Thomas was replaced by another as Kwame made his debut as it seemed City couldn’t afford more than one Thomas on the pitch at the same time. City had now lost their way up front as the midfield were disappointing. The Robins were winging around the area and a shot smacked against the crossbar before Reece-Cook made a save. Late on Swindon found room and Kasim unleashed a great shot to give the home side the lead and they probably deserved it.

Man of the Match:
1st Cian Harris: Only his second game but played well
2nd Sam Ricketts: Under ratted
3rd Marvin Sordell: Looks promising.

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PostSubject: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:28 am

Here ya go Choccy...sorry a bit late...

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