Report By Matt Williams
Today we travelled to Churchfields with a strong squad to take on LHC for a place in the last 8 of the League Cup. We started the match brightly, penning LHC into their own half for the first 20 minutes, creating opportunities but without troubling the home keeper. A succession of corners midway through the half resulted in the opening goal of the game, when I was allowed a free header at the far post from a Pablo corner which I dispatched over the defender on the far post. I think some of the team took this to be first of many we’d score today, but it wasn’t the case as the chances created were not taken and LHC gained confidence as the half progressed with some good football (especially through Martin Woodall on the left). Just before the half LHC created a good chance for Pete Falconer who beat our defence, but was thwarted by Bigga who had spotted the run and took up a good position on the edge of his box to block Pete’s effort.
The first event of note in the second half was the dismissal of one of our players on 65 minutes who unfortunately swore having fallen over on the increasing slippery pitch, and was shown a red card by Lance (who had a great game as usual). A change of personal was required to balance up the formation of the 10 remaining players and this saw the introduction of Chris Brown who returned the team for the first time this season. Chris then proceeded to score with his 5th touch of the game, driving home a powerful shot from the edge of box beating the LHC keeper at his near post. From this point the game really opened up with LHC playing much more freely, and Clarendon happy to attack on the break which made for an exciting final 20 minutes. We should have added a third goal when a quick attacking move starting with a throw in by our own corner flag, resulted in a 2 on 2 from which Chris put Pablo in on the edge of the box, but Pablo unusually fired his shot over the bar.
So 2-0 it finished and we move onwards to next weeks game at Halesowen, looking to string together 3 consecutive wins to hopefully inject some impetus to our season. All the best to LHC for the rest of the season, they are a great bunch of lads who play the game in the right spirit.