The Anglian Knights returned to action this weekend taking on second place CNS Old Boys at the Anglian Windows Social Club. The Knights have gone 5 games without a win and were hoping they could change that in this game.
Reece Harrison made his first start of 2013 in goal after 15 weeks off. The back four consisted of Ellis Watts, Kieron Orford, Louie Watts and Kirk Lanckmans, behind midfielders Aaron Hooper, Mark Cook and Tom Betts. Dwayne Powley and Jack Hurrell flanked Jim Newman up front.
The game couldn’t have started better for the Anglian Home Improvements sponsored team as the grabbed the lead in the opening 2 minutes. Some great play down the left side and a great ball inside by Hurrell to Dwayne Powley, saw the striker turn his defender and tuck the ball away. 1-0
The CNSOB onslaught came after this as they piled on the pressure to try and equalise. The sleet and snow had made the pitch particularly slippery and the ball skidded off the surface dangerously, especially when played over the top of the defence. CNSOB equalised after 15 minutes of pressure and a couple of good saves from Harrison. The ball was worked down the left wing and whipped in towards the back post, drifting over Lanckmans and onto the head of the CNSOB striker. His header was well placed in the bottom left corner.
The Anglian Knights struggled to get out of their half for the following 10 minutes and eventually CNSOB went ahead. Despite Anglian clearing a corner the ball fell to a CNSOB player on the edge of the box; his strike was hit well and nestled in the bottom left corner of the goal. 1-2
This seemed to get Anglian fired up again as they kept possession and worked a sublime goal that any team would be proud of. The whites strung together a number of passes, working the space and creating a opening for Jim Newman to smash into the net. 2-2
Tom Betts then came close with a curling free-kick, but the keeper was equal to it.
Against the run of play CNSOB took the lead with the striker claiming a hat-trick with another good finish. A long ball over the top carried in the wind; it was flicked on and missed by the Knights defenders and somehow the ball squirmed to the striker behind the back four. He made no mistake powering the ball into the net. 2-3
The second half saw a few changes to the team as they had a full selection of 5 substitutes. Louie Watts was replaced by Tom Offord, a January signing, Kierstan Foreman had already come on for Lanckmans, Matt Rush returned to the team replacing Newman and Chester Gardner came on for Cook.
Anglian came out in the second half and dominated, creating the better chances and looking like they would equalise. Gardner had a couple of chances, but his shots were not enough to beat the keeper.
The equaliser finally came without about 10 minutes left. A beautiful ball across field picked out Hurrell who took the ball into the area and flicked the ball over the keeper and into the top left corner of the net. 3-3
The game got scrappy after this goal and CNSOB were adamant a penalty should’ve been awarded. The ball was kicked into Offord from point blank range, hitting his chest and arm. The referee waved these protests away, booking a couple of players for dissent.
The final score was 3-3 and it was a well deserved point for the Knights, who now sit in 8th position in the league. As always, here are your Man of the Match nominees;