The Anglian Knight’s are currently unbeaten at home, but hadn’t managed to win an away game; that was until Saturday, when they travelled to play City of Norwich Old Boys (CNSOB).
The Knights are getting a consistent team together with Reece Harrison starting in goal, Kirk Lanckmans at left back and Ellis Watts as right back. Josh Powley was unavailable for this match so Louie Watts moved to defence to partner Kieron Orford. Aaron Hooper returned to play centre midfield with Matt Jillings, with Josh Taubman right wing and in form Jack Hurrell playing left wing. Matt Rush continued as striker alongside Dwayne Powley.
The game got off to a lively start with Anglian playing some neat football, switching the ball from left to right fluently. With the ball being played around well, space started to open up for Anglian with Dwayne Powley and Matt Rush have shots from range, but none tested the keeper. Jack Hurrell’s curling long range effort was the one of the best shots of the half as it dipped ferociously forcing the keeper to parry it into the crossbar and over. The pressure was mounting for CNSOB and it proved too much on 30 minutes when the ball was worked down the right wing from Josh Taubman to Aaron Hooper; his pass across the edge of the penalty area was struck first time by Hurrell who picked out the bottom corner beautifully, giving the keeper no chance. 1-0
CNSOB didn’t really test the defence in the first half, but they did force one save from Harrison, which he did brilliantly to touch into the underside of the crossbar. The ball rebounded out and was cleared.
Half-time came with the Knights leading and they looked confident. Mark Cook, who recently got married and was treated to a new warm-up kit, replaced Taubman on the stroke of half-time. The team talk from manager Phil Perriton was simply keep up the good work; keep it on the floor and play our football.
CNSOB came out all guns blazing, throwing lots of players forward and pumping the ball long, pressuring the defence. They had quick and skilful wingers, but they didn’t utilise them as much as they should’ve fortunately for the Knights, who continued to absorb the pressure. Harrison was forced to make a superb double save half way through the second half as the defence were out numbered.
The concentration levels of the Anglian Knights was at an all time high, as CNSOB pushed their giant centre back up front and continued to play the ball long. Great communication between the midfield, orchestrated by Aaron Hooper, who captained the team, and Kieron Orford in defence, meant that Anglian were preventing any attacks from CNSOB.
The game was put to bed with 7 minutes remaining with Jack Hurrell getting his second of the game. The ball was cleared from defence to Aaron Hooper in midfield, his great pass picked out Hurrell who outpaced the defence and chipped the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. With little time remaining and the Knights looking solid at the back, CNSOB stood no chance. The final score was 2-0 and the Anglian Home Improvements sponsored side will be thrilled to achieve their first clean sheet of the season. This was a superb team effort to grind out a great result; fingers crossed they can take this performance into their next game in the Primary Cup as they travel to East Ruston.