Le­ices­ter Road can­ter to a com­fort­able 4-1 win at home

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

HINCK­LEY’S Le­ices­ter Road FC se­cured a com­fort­able enough 4-1 home win over Coven­try Copeswood, al­though the fi­nal score line could have been even health­ier.

For their fourth straight MFL win on the spin, goals apiece from Mark Green (his first for his new club), Nuno Gomes, Joseph Lyne and Matty Lang­ham wrapped up all three points for the Road – who played very well in patches but weren’t al­ways at their flu­ent best.

The game be­gan at a lively pace and Copeswood had the first chance on two mins but scuffed their shot wide, while on five mins Road cap­tain Cal­lum Earls thun­dered a 35 yard free kick against the post. It ric­o­cheted against the keeper and seemed to cross the line but the ref­eree waved play on as the Coven­try side des­per­ately cleared their box.

Two min­utes later how­ever, a clever ball over the top beat the offside trap and the Road were 0-1 down as the Copeswood cen­tre for­ward con­trolled well and fin­ished clin­i­cally. LRFC re­sponded well and im­me­di­ately though and after a flurry of at­tacks led to a cor­ner it was flicked on by Lang­ham and Green nod­ded in at the far post to draw the Road level.

Le­ices­ter Road were now gain­ing a grip of the game and dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and on 14 mins they went 2-1 up after a lovely in­ter­change be­tween Gomes and Lang­ham. The former drove for­ward from the half way line and fed Lang­ham on the edge of the box – and as he shaped to shoot he spied Gomes con­tin­u­ing his run and slid it through in­stead for his strike part­ner to slot home in the cor­ner.

Copeswood con­tin­ued to look dan­ger­ous on the break and forced Road stop­per Will High­land into a save low down on 20 mins, as well as try­ing from range, but LRFC were cre­at­ing the bet­ter chances – with Green shoot­ing straight at the keeper on 29 mins and Jor­dan Bur­rows hit­ting the side net­ting on 35 mins when he re­ally should have done bet­ter.

But then on 38 mins, Road’s sus­tained pres­sure told and when the Copeswood keeper saved bravely at the feet of Lang- ham, mid­fielder Lyne picked up the re­bound, beat a de­fender and slid it neatly un­der the still re­cov­er­ing goalie to make it 3-1. It was no more than the Road de­served and they headed to the break in con­trol, but right on the stroke of half time High­land main­tained their de­served two goal lead with a won­der­ful re­flex save onto the cross­bar, after a fine move down the right, to en­sure Copeswood didn’t go in with their tails up.

Ea­ger to put the game to bed, LRFC started brighter and on the front foot, with a greater de­gree of con­trol they were able to sus­tain for the whole half this time.

Gomes soon had a half chance cleared and Green hit the post after con­trol­ling a su­perbly weighted long ball. Earls did have to make a fine headed clear­ance at the other end, but My­lan Charles was re­peat­edly break­ing up Copeswood for­ages for­ward in mid­field and en­sur­ing they never got any mo­men­tum go­ing.

On 55 mins Gomes was felled in the box as he bore down on goal and Lang­ham duly despatched the penalty for a more re­as­sur­ing 4-1 score line. Gomes also had a 20 yard pile driver well saved on 62 mins as the Road turned the screw even fur­ther. On 65 mins it should have been five when a pin­point cross from the left by Jack Har­ri­son found Gomes un­marked, but go­ing for power he headed over from just three yards out.

Copeswood con­tin­ued to work hard and a curl­ing low shot was well saved by High­land and Charles had to make a last ditch clear­ance from a cor­ner, but Le­ices­ter Road held firm and ap­pro­pri­ately had the last real chance of the game when on 86 mins sub­sti­tute Amar­vir Sandhu – who had ear­lier re­placed Lang­ham – sped into the box and drew a great save from the Copeswood keeper to keep it to 4-1.

Start­ing X1: High­land, Al­cott, Earls ©, Rudd, Har­ri­son, Lyne, Charles, Bur­rows, Gomes, Green, Lang­ham. Subs: Ble­witt (GK), Humphreys, Nabay, White­house, Sandhu.

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