Saturday 21st January, Anglian travelled to Mousehold reserves to play in a highly competitive game and try to come away with their first 3 points of the season.
The game started well, Anglian attacking well on a windy day, keeping the ball on the floor with some tidy passing. Working from the back to the front Anglian were holding the opposition at bay for the first 15 minutes. Despite, lots of possession Anglian struggled to get the final pass, but kept hammering away until Matt Jillings sprung up on the right hand side and smashed the ball across the face of goal, crashing into the post.
Mousehold sparked into life after this let off and began to utilise the long ball game they liked to play. A long diagonal ball across field picked out their right winger who darted into the area and powered the ball into the back of the net. 1-0
Unfortunately, this is a position the Knights are used to, so picked themselves up and carried on. With no goalkeeper this week, Kirk Lanckmans stepped up to the occasion after 6 weeks off with a knee injury. He was beaten again 10 minutes later with a shot from the edge of the area, which just got past the keepers outstretched leg. 2-0
Anglian continued to battle hard firing shots from around the edge of the box, Louie Watts hit a few (high and wide), Mark Cook was bullying the midfield and had a good shot from range, that was blocked and Matt Jillings was having a good game on the right, terrifying the right winger with some good running. The Knights kept pushing, but just couldn’t find the net!
Mousehold added a third against the run of play, with a through ball from the left landing between the right back and centre back, the Mousehold striker took hold of the ball and slotted the ball home. 3-0
Anglian finally got a break moments later, after a corner was cleared and put out wide again to Craig Kiddell, his cross turned into a curling shot, which slipped straight through the hands of the keeper. 3-1
Half-time came round and I thought we had played a good half, but just not taken our chances. We were playing the ball around nicely and needed this to continue.
The second half didn’t have the greatest of starts, with the wind against Anglian, Mousehold’s long ball passing was running our back four ragged. They sealed their 4th goal of the game, with a ball down the right, the man ran into the box and made no mistake in finding the bottom corner. 4-1
The Anglian team spirit is arguably one of the best in the league as they never give up. They carried on trying to play the ball on the floor and pick out some delicate passes. Jack Hurrell and Jake Robinson were working hard up top, trying to get onto the balls provided to them.
Mousehold kept pumping the ball up in the air deep into Anglian’s half and chasing everything down. They won a free-kick on the edge of the area, which was whipped into the back post, met with a glancing header from their influential striker. 5-1
Anglian then had a flurry of chances with Craig Kiddell creating space on the edge of the box, but his shot going just wide. Jack Hurrell had a chance from a corner, but his goal-bound shot was blocked, with the rebound falling to Louie Watts who blasted the ball just wide. Mousehold then caught Anglian out on the counter attack finishing off nicely to make it 6-1.
Anglian still pushed, desperately looking to add more goals, but despite best efforts from the whole team, they couldn’t get a good shot on target. Ian Probert showed some silky skills in the middle to beat a player, passing to Cookie who then took it round to players, he then passed it to Watts who took it passed another two on the edge of the penalty area. He passed it to Mark Escott, who crossed the ball, but it was blocked and cleared. Anglian worked their socks off in this game, and the result in my opinion flatters Mousehold, but the difference between us and them is they took their chances…we didn’t!
Saturday 28th January, Anglian Knights are playing Hempnall at the Anglian Social Club, 2pm Kick off. Come and support the lads as the bottom two clubs battle it out for 3 points.