Thanks to Steve from Dudley Lions for this match report.
Dudley Lions 1 vs 2 St Thomas’ Aldridge
After a little spot of gardening, (vandalised pitch, gotta love the locals), we finally got to start our 2nd match of the season against high scoring St Thomas Aldridge.
For the second game running we took the lead midway through the first half and again, at times, looked comfortable on the ball, but we found ourselves pegged back by St Thomas’s very busy front line, particularly their number 10, so it was no surprise when we found ourselves going in at half time 1-1 after a lightning counter attack caught us napping.
The 2nd half saw us again dominate for long periods, only for us to fall behind 2-1 after 55 minutes. St Thomas, having made all their substitutions, then saw one of their subs injure himself and thus had to play the remainder of the game with 10 men. This should have made life easier for us and surely meant we would not only equalise, but possibly go on to claim all 3 points, but resolute defending, poor finishing and the crossbar went on to prove otherwise.
Big thanks to Steve and his lads for the game today, and I’d also like to say a further thank you to St Thomas for clearing up after themselves both on the pitch and in the changing rooms, it was a massive help.