Match report by player Izaak Darvill.
Going back into the college league, where Long Road are currently unbeaten after three games, they looked to press on and make it four wins in four against Hills Road 2nd team.
Overall the first half showed promise for both teams as possession and chances on goal were evenly spread in favour of both teams. However, arguably Hills could have been seen as the more clinical side with 2 shots on target against the 1 on target from Long Road. Due to this neither side threatened the goal apart from one Hills Road attack that bought out a fantastic save from Tom Plowman in the Long Road goal. After a sound half from both teams the half time score was 0-0.
Kicking off the second half, Long Road kicked off and spread the ball wide. But, again started off with possession split between both side chances were far and few between. But, thanks to keeper turned left wing Dylan Pearce, Long Road took their chance well. After clearing the ball from their own half Tafari Passley put pressure on the Hills goalkeeper to clear the ball which lead to a defender and the keeper colliding, which allowed Tafari to poke the ball past them. Quick to react Pearce ran through and slid the ball home from 6 yards.
This however did not dampen the spirits of Hills Road who managed to get an equaliser after a long ball over the top went over the heads of the Long Road defence and after a unfortunate fumble from Plowman they easily tapped the ball in to make it 1-1.
Long then took back the advantage about 10 minutes later through central midfielder Harry Fowler. After a curling effort from Japheth Oduro, which lead to the keeper parrying the ball out into the path of Fowler who calmly slotted the ball in across the goal.
Winning a corner Long Road were again able to capitalise on another chance. After a drilled cross from Josh Starling, Josh Lewis attempted a flick on, with the ball ending up air born. The keeper then came to claim the ball but with a good challenge from Harry Harding however, the ball ended up pin balling around the penalty area, eventually falling to Harry Fowler to slot in his second of the game.
With the score at 3-1 it was pretty much up to Long Road to now see it through until the end. However, Hills piled on the pressure by sending 4 strikers onto the pitch to try and grab a goal with 20 minutes to go. Withstanding this with resilience and important blocks and well timed tackles, Long managed to kill the game off completely with a 4th goal from Oduro. Taking a short corner Josh starling managed to get the by-line and drill the ball across to the late arrival of Japeth Oduro who side footed the ball into the right corner of the goal with composure.
12 points from a possible 12 Long Road push on with 4 wins from 4 games in the college league. The final score Long Road 4, Hills Road 1.