LRFC’s win­ning streak comes to an end

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

A slightly off colour LRFC took an early lead through striker Mark Green, but the home side bat­tled back well – and un­der­stood the ref­eree bet­ter – to take all three points and leapfrog the Road in MFL Di­vi­sion 1.

They started the quicker and af­ter just a minute had the chance to go ahead when a cute dummy set up their winger Shep­herd, one-on-one, with Road keeper Will High­land, but it was bal­looned over the bar.

But from their first mean­ing­ful at­tack on 10 mins, LRFC took the lead with a well worked goal – Amar­vir Sandhu jinked and twisted on the right to get in a pin­point cross that Green – lurk­ing on the penalty spot – glanced in per­fectly to the top cor­ner.

On 18 mins a lovely move down the left wing be­tween Jack Har­ri­son and Matt Lang­ham set up Jor­dan Bur­rows but he was just inches wide from a sec­ond, but then Lich­field again fluffed their lines on 20 mins when a scuffed shot across High­land should have done bet­ter.

How­ever, Lich­field made no mis­take on 25 mins when a header wasn’t cleared prop­erly from a cor­ner and it fell to their lively mid­fielder Hartshorne, who struck a half vol­ley from the edge of the area that gave High­land no chance.

Shortly af­ter Lang­ham had a rasp­ing drive well saved by the Lich­field keeper and Cal­lum Rudd made an ex­cel­lent last-ditch block, but on 35 mins the first of a few con­tentious de­ci­sions went against the Road – Sandhu driv­ing through the mid­dle was taken out on the edge of the area and when the ball fell to Lang­ham and he stroked it home, the ref­eree bizarrely gave a free kick and no ad­van­tage.

Rudd drew an­other fine save from the home keeper on 39 mins with a tow­er­ing header, while Lich­field hit the top of the bar just be­fore half time with a de­flected shot, so it was hon­ours even at half time - but with the tem­per­a­ture sim­mer­ing as Bur­rows was forced off for treat­ment just be­fore the 45 mins were up af­ter a late chal­lenge that went un­pun­ished.

The home side again started the brighter and Rudd blocked on the six yard line with his head, al­though High­land had it cov­ered – but on 47 mins a through ball down the left saw City’s Tay­lor just get to it be­fore High- land and trickle it into the far cor­ner from a tight an­gle.

It re­mained nip and tuck with the Road press­ing for an equaliser, but on 72 mins a bout of hand­bags en­sued when a chest high chal­lenge on Road cap­tain Mar­lon Wal­ters – who then pulled the of­fend­ing player back - again went un­pun­ished. It was ob­vi­ously play­ing on the ref­eree’s mind, be­cause min­utes later when Bur­rows con­tested a 50/50 ball on the edge of the area, he was per­haps harshly shown a straight red.

A goal and now a player down, the Road had it all to do – but kept on fight­ing with Rudd again go­ing close with a set play header. In push­ing for­ward for an equaliser, how­ever, they con­ceded a third on 80 mins when Hartshorne got his sec­ond with a cross-come-shot from the right that nes­tled into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Sandhu’s chip past the ad­vanc­ing keeper was scram­bled away at the sec­ond at­tempt and Lang­ham’s lob over him as he mis­judged the flight ter­ri­bly was just ag­o­nis­ingly wide, but it proved to be a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for the Road – with their fluid ap­proach play not at its usual high stan­dards.

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

Amar­vir Sandhu in ac­tion for Le­ices­ter Road FC at the week­end

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