Leicester 2s 1 - 2 Coalville 2s
2s edge win in fight back
A weekend of away trips for the 2s kicked off with a win at Leicester, after coming from behind under difficult circumstances.
Partner and Jobburn slotted into an ever-changing back four, whilst goalscorer Dumelow played with illness. Playing on the water-based pitch also added uncertainty to Town's play, who had to battle their way into the game.
Town setup deep to begin with, playing on the counter, using Meadows' and Symons' pace to trouble the opposition. A new role for Webster saw him push into the midfield, helping out with defensive duties and allowing a rotating Dennett, Lloyd and Murby more licence to get forward and influence the game. The right-hand side partnership with Partner and Meadows made a number of early chances possible with some good interchanges, but were missing the final pass or touch that would have influenced a goal. Standring was looking for Dumelow up-front, but the striker was unable to influence the game in the first period.
Both sides failed to create any real opportunities, before Leicester punished an over-committed attack from Coalville. The Leicester play took a nice touch to take him clear of the Town defence, which left Tongue with little chance as the player rounded him and slotted home.
Town were slow to react to things in the first half and a call for more urgency and fight in the second half saw them switch on and begin to play better hockey. Jobburn began rolling back the years as he went on a number of marauding runs forward, whilst the forwards began to find more space in the opposition third.
Coalville soon levelled the score as the wing play paid dividends. Partner won the ball in his own half before passing off to Dennett, who slotted in Meadows down the left-hand side. Meadows carried the ball into the Leicester D before sending a powerful drive towards the back post, where Symons was on hand to tap in.
Leicester pushed back, with a shot at goal that was well met by Tongue. Then came the moment of the match, as Lloyd did brilliantly to win the ball back in the midfield, before tumbling in what was as an Oscar worthy performance of dramatic effect. Lloyd then picked up a knock on the knee and had to be substituted. Not to be deterred, though, he returned to the game and made another contribution - a ball played out to him on the wing by Dumelow found him in space to centre the ball. Meadows was on the end of it and calmly took a touch before smashing past the hapless 'keeper.
A mad final period saw Coalville at reduced numbers. First, Murby was shown a green for arguing with the umpire, before Meadows was shown a green for failing to stop on the whistle. Leicester tried capitalising on their two man advantage, as they won a number of short corners. Resolute defending from Hope and Standring saw off the charge, as the game ended 2-1 to Coalville. A well merited win after a terrific fight-back.