LHC United 4 Amblecote Nomads 2

LHC got back to winning ways this morning in dramatic fashion.
The first-half saw LHC dominate possession and carve out a number of good chances – none of which were taken. Callum Oakshott, Jack Knight and Josh Steventon each had clear chances, yet could not find the back of the net.
As has been the story of certain games this season, having pushed players forward with some neat football, LHC were undone by a long ball from an Amblecote defender, permitting the visiting number nine to race through and poke the ball home past onrushing stand-in keeper, Luke Evans.
LHC didn’t allow their heads to drop and continued to push forward, hoping to draw level before the half was drawn to a close. Alas, no goal came. The half-time team talk was to do much of the same, just… score.
Again, LHC started the half the more composed team. And yet again they were undone in their efforts of finding their first goal of the game.
The opposition number nine dispossessed full-back Jordan Mitchell, and raced through on goal, again poking past Evans. Two-down and LHC could have dropped their heads. They could have sat back and tried to minimise any further damage. They did not.
With a couple of changes made, LHC started to play the ball with greater meaning, starting to look more threatening in the final third. Before long the pressure paid off. Lee Ralph, commanding the centre of the pitch with Owen Chambers (who made his first start for the club), threaded a neat ball through the line of defence for Oakshott to run onto and knock past the Nomads’ keeper.
Substitute Mubin Ahmed reacted quickest to a fierce shot by Nathan Wiley that was spilled into his path, bundling the ball across the line. Two-all, with little over ten minutes remaining and LHC clearly on top. LHC maintained their push, and once more a long ball from the visitors landed with the troublesome opposing nine, who was brought down by centre-half Darren Riley – at the cost of a booking. The resulting free-kick made work for Evans, who got down quickly to parry the ball back out, but to the feet of an Amblecote player who somehow managed to put the ball wide from a few yards.
With that wake-up call, LHC attacked. Before long, the hosts were leading for the first time in the game. Some composed play allowed Wiley free down the right flank, whose cross was only partially cleared to left-back Shaun Smith, firing low and hard into the far right bottom corner.
Soon afterward, a ball forward landed at Ahmed’s feet – much to the annoyance of Nomad defenders, calling for offside – which afforded the LHC forward time to take a touch and confidently slot inside the near post.
The scoring rounded off, the game was shortly brought to a close. LHC may feel slightly aggrieved at not having taken more of their early chances, but there should be greater satisfaction at the manner the entire time approached the end of the game – to notch four goals in the final quarter of the match.

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