The Anglian Knights were in action on Saturday against new team to the league, Costessey Sports reserves in what proved to be an entertaining away fixture.
It was a slightly changed team from the first game of the season, which proved to be a massive disappointment for the team, with new signing Ovemeso Ogbokor starting as a centre back partner for Kieron Orford. The game also saw the return of Craig Kiddell and Matty Thompson up front, whilst Lee Kiddell, Scott Coombes, new signing Levi Lambert and Jack Lucas started on the bench.
The game began with Anglian looking shaky at the back, as Ovemeso settled into how the squad plays and Costessey began playing the long ball game. As they played up hill, the Knights failed to string their passes together and frequently gave the ball away. Eventually, the pressure proved too much and Costessey were in on goal, but Ovemeso caught up with the striker bringing him down as he went to shoot. The referee awarded the penalty, only for Reece Harrison to make a fantastic save to keep it at 0-0
Costessey did however, take the lead after about 20 minutes. A corner wasn’t cleared and as the ball bobbled around in the area, it was smashed in by a Costessey player, a goal Anglian will be disappointed to have conceded.
The game took a turn for the better as the Anglian Home Improvements sponsored team reacted positively to conceding and grabbed a goal back through new striker Matty Campbell. A long ball forward from defence was brought down by Campbell who out-muscled his defender and smashed the ball from the left into the top right corner. 1-1
Costessey then piled on the pressure with more long ball play and created space down the left wing. Keiron Schofield brought down the player and the resulting free-kick created a spectacular goal for the Costessey player. The ball was whipped into the box, but cleared only to the edge of the box where the striker unleashed a wonderful shot into the top right corner. 2-1
Costessey grabbed a third just before half-time with more scrappy defending by Anglian on a corner. The ball wasn’t dealt with and the striker nodded the ball neatly into the top right corner.
The second half was a completely different story for Anglian as they controlled the game for the majority of the half. They had got into their pattern of football with short, tidy passing and creating space, but they couldn’t quite find that final ball. That was until Matty Campbell again worked space for himself, after a ball was lofted in the penalty area, he was first to react, only to be taken out in the penalty area by the goalkeeper. He nervously stepped up, but safely fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. 3-2
Although Anglian controlled the rest of the half, they couldn’t find the equaliser and were lucky not to fall further behind as Reece Harrison pulled off some great saves, Kieron Orford and Ovemeso made some superb last ditch tackles and even the bar came into play to prevent further goals.
The final score was 3-2 and Anglian will feel a little hard-done-by not to have stolen a point.