LRFC storm sec­ond half

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

HINCK­LEY’S Le­ices­ter Road FC got back to win­ning ways with an em­phatic 6-2 away win in Birm­ing­ham at ta­ble top­ping Cad­bury Ath­letic.

A Nuno Gomes hat­trick, a brace from Matty Lang­ham plus Si­mon Al­cott’s first goal for his new club se­cured the three points, along with some ex­cel­lent pass-and­move foot­ball and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing.

The Road be­gan brightly in tor­ren­tial rain and their clever foot­ball be­lied the slip­pery and wet con­di­tions as they dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the first quar­ter.

LRFC pres­sure even­tu­ally told on 39 mins when a goal-bound ef­fort from Jack Har­ri­son was han­dled on the line by Cad­bury de­fender Di­neen and he got an early bath for his mis­de­meanour – with Road cen­tre for­ward Lang­ham calmly dis­patch­ing the penalty for a 1-0 lead.

Credit to 10-man Cad­bury though, they hung in there and on 45 mins got a huge slice of luck when a shot go­ing well wide struck LRFC de­fender Har­ri­son and left un­for­tu­nate Road keeper Will High­land stranded.

Then with an ex­ces­sive 11 mins of in­jury time played, the home side took the lead when a snap­shot flew in, giv­ing High­land no chance.

Some­how, LRFC were be­hind again (2-1) in a game they had largely dom­i­nated.

LRFC came fly­ing out of the traps sec­ond half and on 50 mins Gomes went on a mag­nif­i­cent run from deep and smashed the ball high into the net for a de­served equaliser. It was a 30 yard bul­let that the home keeper didn’t even move for.

Al­most straight away the Road went ahead when Lang­ham pounced on a weak back pass to round the keeper, plus a des­per­ate de­fender, and very ca­su­ally tap it into an open net.

On 57 mins a clearly de­ter­mined Gomes beat an­other clutch of Cad­bury play­ers to set up Joseph Lyne, only for the ref­eree to can­cel the ‘goal’ out for an al­legedly off­side player in­ter­fer­ing with the keeper’s vi­sion.

Not to be de­terred how­ever, a minute later Gomes latched onto a pin­point through ball from Lyne to go past the keeper and make it 4-2 Le­ices­ter Road.

The Road were now ram­pant and on 63 mins a fine pass­ing move in­volv­ing vir­tu­ally the whole team saw de­fender Al­cott ri­fle it home from in­side the six yard box – 5-2 LRFC.

Four mins later Gomes got his well-earned hat­trick when Lyne broke in from the left and slid the ball across for the de­lighted striker to dis­patch.

Now 6-2 it was cer­tainly job done and LRFC saw out the rest of the game in cruise con­trol.

Young Ben Humphreys re­placed cap­tain Mar­lon Wal­ters to make his first team de­but and did well, while fel­low youth team grad­u­ate Will Grew­cock also came on and ac­quit­ted him­self ad­mirably as well.

Humphreys, Grew­cock and fel­low sub Ge­orge Ward have come all the way through the Le­ices­ter Road development sys­tem, start­ing from Un­der 14s, and look fine prospects in­deed.

Start­ing X1: High­land, Al­cott, Earls, Kelly, Har­ri­son, White­house, Wal­ters ©, Charles, Lyne, Gomes, Lang­ham. Subs: Ble­witt (GK), Humphreys, Mall, Ward, Grew­cock

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