Match report by Izaak Darvill
Leading on from the previous weeks win, Long Road hosted a tight affair against close neighbours Hills Roads. Coming off the back of a respectable win against Saffron Walden, the Long Road team had a similar squad for the Hills game with a few new personnel added to the squad.
With Long Road kicking off the first half, they kept possession well and settled into the game quickly. For the majority of the first half Long were in charge and took advantage by going 1-0 halfway through. Sam Karr started the move with a solid header on the halfway line from a Hills goal kick sending it back the way it came, with Tafari Passley controlled the ball well and laid it back off to Karr, who continued his run, and struck the ball perfectly into the bottom right corner. With Passley claiming the assist. With Long Road missing multiple chances and 1 on 1’s, alongside a rigid Long defence that the Hills road forwards struggled to break down, the game then opened up slightly and both teams were attacking regularly but to no prevail.
However, Long were able to take advantage of some neat passing starting from their own half to the edge of the 18 yard box. After a precise from the left into Passley’s feet, he turned and hassled his way through the Hills back four and finished calmly, beating the keeper at his front post.
Closing in on half time, Hills were awarded a free kick deep in their half but capitalised well on Long switching off by sending the ball long quickly over the Long Road defence. This lead to the Hills forward causing issues for the goalkeeper and defence by running behind the last defender. With the ball going past the keeper, as the left back, Izaak Darvill, tried to clear off the line but the ball hit his leg and bounced into the goal making it 2-1 at half time.
Going into the second half, Hills certainly started brighter and piled on the pressure. Long Road were able to withstand the pressure but not convincingly, by only clearing the ball back up the pitch just for Hills to regain possession and attack once more. Becoming a stop start final third of the game, both teams were winning free kicks, the most dangerous was a free kick for Hills from about 25 yards out. With Hills crossing the ball in Harry Harding cleared the ball with a solid header towards the half way line. Controlling the ball well, Karr again held up the ball and was able to out-strength the defenders and ran through on goal. Calmly slotting the ball over the keeper into the middle of the net as he ran out to close him down. Making the score 3-1. With Hills not letting up on the pressure Long Road dug in and defended as a unit and saw the game through to make it 2 wins from 2 and remaining unbeaten in the College League.
Scorers: Sam Karr – 2
Tafari Passley – 1