Much kinder weather greeted this local derby, no sideways rain today. Although we share a pitch, this was an away tie for us.
From the kick-off Thomas Dobbin was called on to get involved straight away, with a huge clearance. Shea Maloney had an early effort go just over the bar. A great attack started by Charlie Guy showing good skills on the ball, found Sam Seddon in space. A corner taken by Shea Maloney found the head of Sam Seddon, saved by the Lander Road keeper. Another attack saw Charlie Guy, Sam Seddon and Shea Maloney work well together, with a final shot by Shea saved again. Ellis Browne was working well at the back with Thomas Dobbin, mopping up where needed. Thomas Dobbin brought the ball out of defence with a purposeful run. Sam Seddon found himself in defence needing a huge clearance, which almost found Charlie Guy. A blistering run down the wing and cross from Sam Seddon narrowly missed connecting with Shea Maloney’s head. KS started to get involved with short passes to set up an attack, Charlie Guy desperate to be involved was covering a lot of ground. A great effort by Sam Seddon saw his shot tipped over the bar by the keeper. Surely it was only a matter of time until all this one-way traffic resulted in a goal. Sam Seddon was on a mission and finally a tremendous shot from him left the keeper no chance, 0-1. Lander finally got into our half, but Ellis Browne was more than up to the task of clearing the ball from danger. Another attack followed, which saw Leah Newman, Linacre keeper, get involved for the first time in the match with a save. Sam Seddon had a run down the wing, laid on a super cross and saw Shea Maloney and Charlie Guy both denied by the keeper. Ellis Browne and Thomas Dobbin were asked to do some defending, with strong challenges. Leah Newman saw an opportunity for an inch-perfect cross field goal kick, flat and hard, down the left for Shea Maloney to pick up, beat a defender and score with a fantastic finish, 0-2. Spurred on by his success, Shea Maloney had another great shot, which the keeper saved. Charlie Guy decided he wanted to have a go and tried a long-range shot, which needed saving. An attack was started in defence with Thomas Dobbin, passing to KS, getting past defenders and laying the ball off to Charlie Guy, who took his time and set Sam Seddon up beautifully, who buried it in the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance, 0-3.
Leah Newman out of goal, Charlie Guy in goal. Ellis Browne off for Sean Alty.
Normal service was resumed, with a good attack and final shot from Shea Maloney needing saving. KS skipped past the defence and won a throw. Leah Newman’s throw found Shea Maloney, whose final shot went over the bar. Leah Newman clearly wanted to be part of the action, getting involved, she found herself with time in the area and her final shot needed a good save. Leah took the resulting corner, which Sam Seddon headed, but the keeper pulled off a tremendous save to keep it out. KS was starting to control the midfield with some strong tackling and battling. An enormous throw from Leah Newman, across field found Shea Maloney, but it was Sam Seddon’s terrific shot that rattled the woodwork (well, synthetic plastic). Thomas Dobbin and Sean Alty supported each other well in defence, with Sean’s unhurried style of play, giving him time to look up for the best option. A period of great passing came with KS starting it in midfield, to Shea Maloney, to Sam Seddon, to Leah Newman whose final shot required another great save from the keeper. KS made way for Steven Snow. Out of the blue, a speculative long-range shot from Shea Maloney, proved too hard for the keeper, 0-4. Leah Newman found herself in the area with a chance, she was off balance but she struck it beautifully, the keeper had no chance, 0-5. A goal kick by Lander found Sam Seddon, who looked up, fancied it, took a long-range shot and scored to make his hat-trick, 0-6. Leah Newman went on the rampage forcing the keeper to commit and fall at her feet. Charlie Guy keeping goal for Linacre got his first touch of the ball, when he kicked it clear in the dying minutes. Back on the attack again, Leah Newman showed good skills in the area, brought the ball down under control, a final shot on goal from Shea Maloney went wide. Final whistle, final score, 0-6.
This was a great team performance and a pleasure to watch. The win was richly deserved, however the score could have been in double figures, had it not been for a superhuman effort by the Lander goalie.
MOM – the whole team.
Squad: Sean Alty, Ellis Browne, Thomas Dobbin, Charlie Guy, Shea Maloney, Leah Newman, KS, Sam Seddon, Steven Snow
Special thanks to the travelling faithful, the size of our crowd was commented on by the Lander staff. Thanks to Neil for preparing the team.