Corinthians SK 1 Dudley Lions 3

Before the game started the gaffer left the players under no illusions that this would be a tough encounter against a high flying Dudley Lions. So it proved with Dudley having the ‘Lions’ share of the play in the first half and it ended with Dudley leading 1-0 at half time. SK had only shown mere glimpses of the type of football that they are capable of playing and Dudley Lions ‘wanted it’ more.
The second half started off with SK knowing they had to improve, however, from a long crossfield ball the Dudley forward was brought down by Rob Leachman and a deserved penalty was given. The same Dudley player dusted himself down and duly dispatched it with aplomb! So 0-2 after 49 minutes and SK still well under par. Steve Smith then entered the fray for his first action of the season following injury and was soon causing Dudley some problems with his direct, pacey running. SK started to come into the game a little at this point but on the hour they were hit on the break and it was 0-3. SK continued to push forward, but they were still way below their best with too many players not hitting their straps and frustratingly performing way below their capabilities. SK did get a consolation goal back when Steve Smith fired home from close range after a decently delivered corner by sub, Ricky Hartley.
One of the few bright spots was James McEvoy had a good game playing his first game at left back.
So another very disappointing defeat and below par performance……….so, its back to the drawing board for the gaffer, as next week, in another one of those fixture quirks, SK play their return game against Rockmount United, looking to exact some revenge against them for our previous 6-3 defeat.
A much improved performance is required if SK are to recover their season hopes before it is too late.

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