|1||George Lysandrou (0)|
|2||Owen Price (0)|
|3||Matt Martin (0)|
|4||James Billingham (0)|
|5||Joe Huxley (0)|
|6||Stuart Knapman (0)|
|7||Mark Jamieson (0)|
|8||Dom Dowling (0)|
|9||Dave Worthington (0)|
|10||Chris Morgan (0)|
|11||Rob Tromans (0)|
|12||Dave Jones (0)|
|13||Rich Tromans (0)|
|Old Stationers 1s||1|
|Old Parkonians 1s||4|
In their first league fixture of the 2009/10 season, Old Parkonians travelled to Barnet to face Old Stationers eager to start the season in winning fashion. First team league debuts were handed out to George Lysandrou, Dave Worthington and Joe Huxley as the away side started the league campaign looking to make the immediate return to the SAL 2nd Division.
However, it was the home side that started the brighter of the two sides. Within the first two minutes, slackness in the Parks defence presented a goalscoring opportunity for the Stationers striker to test Lysandrou in the away team’s goal. However, his miscued shot only found its way to his offside teammate whose finish was correctly disallowed by the official.
After the opening 15 minutes, Parks slowly started to gain the upper hand as Stationers struggled to cope with the pace of Rob Tromans and the midfield runs of Chris Morgan and Worthington and it was from this combination that the opening goal was created. Pressure from the Parks midfield created the opportunity for Tromans to unselfishly find Morgan in the penalty area and he made no mistake from 12 yards, slotting the ball under the Stationers goalkeeper.
Parks gained confidence from this goal and created further goalscoring opportunities as Tromans went close twice when well placed and Morgan hit the woodwork from a well-hit set piece. The 2nd goal deservedly came on the half hour as the Stationers defender, under pressure from Tromans, failed to clear the ball and gifted an opportunity to the Parks striker. He expertly lifted the ball over the out-rushing Stationers keeper to give the away side a two goal lead.
The two goal lead shortly became three as a Stuart Knapman throughball found Worthington on the edge of the Stationers penalty area. Showing deft footwork, Worthington expertly wriggled past two home defenders before lashing home the away side’s third goal. A goal that the midfielder thoroughly deserved for his 90 minutes work.
HT: Old Stationers 0-3 Old Parkonians
Parks were in total control of the match as the 2nd half started. However, the half started somewhat belatedly as Dominic Dowling forgot the basic rules of football. For his notice, I have copied them below:
The official kick-off rule states:
“…a kick-off starts from the centre of the soccer field, on the referee’s whistle. A soccer game is started when a player kicks the ball into the opponent’s half. Every player must be on his or her own half of the field during the kick-off. Players that are opposing the ball need to be at least ten yards from the ball until the ball is kicked.”
With Morgan looking dangerous throughout, further opportunities were spurned by the away side as the midfield trio of Dowling, Worthington and Mark Jamieson were in total control. However, somewhat against the run of play, Stationers grabbed a consolation with 15 minutes to go as their offside-looking striker lashed the ball across Lysandrou in the Parks goal. Further evidence that the SAL need to employ three league officials in as many 1st team games as possible.
Despite this setback, Parks continued to threaten the Stationers goal and looked the more likely of the two sides to increase their goal tally. Their 4th goal arrived shortly after, with good work from Owen Price, as Tromans grabbed his 2nd goal of the game when he lashed the ball home from 12 yards. The Parks striker then missed a great opportunity to get his 2nd hat-trick in consecutive weeks when put though by Jamieson. With Price to his right screaming for him to square the ball, Tromans ignored his high-pitched shrieks – most possibly put off by the incredibly tight shorts that the Welshman was sporting. The Stationers goalkeeper closed the angle well and the Parks striker was unable to divert the ball past him.
FT: Old Stationers 1-4 Old Parkonians
A solid start from Parks at a ground that is always difficult to get the three points. Parks travel to Bank of England next weekend, hoping to replicate their last performance at the best ground in the SAL.
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