Reserve Team Match Reportssummer league 2001:
loxwood a 0 - 3 hurst
after two impressive victories, loxwood a came back down to earth with a bump after being outplayed by hurst. an inexperienced line-up spent the majority of the match chasing shadows although they did show lots of heart and commitment and never gave up the fight. however, hurst were too strong in all departments although they were restricted to just one goal in the first half. another strike early in the second half put the issue beyond doubt and although loxwood occasionally threatened with breakaways, their failure to keep hold of possession saw them constantly put under pressure and hurst added a third before biggsy ruled the fourth out for offside. how they performed 1 colin byers - had little chance with any of the goals and made some useful saves to keep the score down but needs to be more positive coming for crosses - 6. 2 adam turner - tried too many long balls and needs to play the the easier pass more often. but did well against their lively winger - 6. 3 jack gill - he really doesn't like defending and a couple of times he hardly broke into a trot when we were under pressure - 6. 4 dom mcadden - struggled to get into the game and needs to exert more authority of proceedings - 6. 5 pete borrett - did his best against some lively forwards before coming off for extra oxygen - 7. 6 asif khetani - was given a bit of a runaround but improved later in the game - 6. 7 ryland wilson - got through lots of work but saw very little of the ball - 7. 8 liam cattigan - showed a few good touches but spent most of the time trying to close down opponents - 7. 9 ricardo riccio - never gave up and could have scored a couple of goals. hurst asked him if he wanted to sign for them! cheeky sods - 9. 10 dan jack - got through lots of work without much reward - 7. 11 kevin weeding - another solid display by kev who has fitted in brilliantly - 8. subs 12 colin simmonds (for borrett 55') - put himself about but could do little to stem the tide - 7. 14 steve hanlon (for mcadden 75') - put in some solid challenges and as always gave his all - 6. 15 nigel olsen (not used).
loxwood a 4 - 3 travel proffessionals
dom mcadden finally broke his goalscoring duck for loxwood - and he certainly did it in some style. mcadden: stunning goal mcadden, making his comeback after several months out, capped a fine display with a terrific 30 yard volley to open his account and help the a team to victory. but loxwood should have scored far more goals and in the end it nearly cost them as sloppy marking at the back allowed the professionals to get back into the game. loxwood made a great start with youngster liam cattigan stealing in at the far post to give his side an early lead and then new signing kevin weeding celebrated his debut with a goal as he fired home from close range following a corner. rangers created enough chances in front of goal to have won three matches but they failed to take them and it was left to mcadden to show his predatory instincts by sending in a dipping volley which brought the large crowd to their feet. however, loxwood then started to switch off and professionals pulled two goals back before ricardo riccio deservedly got on the scoresheet to make it 4-2. but there were a few tense moments near the end after loxwood had conceded a third and the final whistle came as a great relief to everyone.
loxwood a 3 - 0 woodley roofing
loxwood's new batch of youngsters are quickly making an impact and the two who took part in tuesday's summer league were a joy to watch. striker ricardo riccio set up the first in some style and could have had a hat-trick himself before unfortunately coming off injured. meanwhile pint sized midfielder liam cattigan capped a man of the match display with the third goal from the penalty spot to completely kill off the woodley side. nomir ahmed finally found his form with a stunning goal and even manager pete borrett got in on the act, as he was pole-axed near the end allowing cattigan to score from the spot. new goalkeeper colin byers emerged with a clean sheet on his debut and with everyone playing their part it was a great night for the a team. woodley roofing didn't know what had hit them as loxwood made a flying start with ricardo riccio proving a constant threat with his constant movement and immaculate close control. and it was riccio who superbly set up the opening goal after just five minutes when he coolly lifted the ball over the defence for strike partner jonno morshead to finish off in emphatic style. riccio then had several chances to score himself but he lost his footing after rounding the keeper and then fired over from six yards after a great cross by morshead. midfield dynamo liam cattigan also had a great chance in the first half but sliced his shot wide in a one-on-one as loxwood continued to dominate. I the second half followed a similar pattern although keeper colin byers was forced into a couple of blocks before nomir ahmed opened his account for the club with a thunderbolt from 30 yards. by this time frustrated, roofing tried to slow loxwood down with several late tackles but it was no use as rangers kept their heads. and they continued to create a hatful of chances with morshead and cattigan going close on several occasions. despite losing the services of riccio through injury, loxwood still managed to pose a threat whenever they went forward and they grabbed a third near the end when sub pete borrett was upended and cattigan scored from the spot.division 4 east:
loxwood reserves 1 - 0 woodley saints
a defiant backs to the wall performance from loxwood reserves was rewarded with a last minute finish from matt poley poll to secure a valuable three points in the first game of their double header fixture against woodley saints. saints dominated throughout but loxwood reserves, although not playing attractive football and struggling to keep possession doggedly defended and broke up woodley’s best efforts going forward. manktelow was in inspired form and gave his best display of the season with a string of fine saves, none better than in the 25th minute when at full stretch he got fingertips to a goal bound effort. the midfield three found it hard against lively opponents who gave loxwood no time on the ball and ahmed in particular struggled to pick the pace of the game up and was soon replaced by steve hanlon. both wing backs, turner and gill were working well defensively but with no service had no influence on the game going forward and despite some well delivered corners from gill and a few speculative long range efforts, saints went into half time having done everything but score. the second half was a continuation of the first, despite efforts from borrett at half time to stir his team into a more fluid display. saints carried on where they left off and manktelow was called on to bail the side out with yet more courageous saves. turner was replaced by vokins in an attempt to sure things up down the right and kydonieus man marked the dangerous no 7 who was the fulcrum for the woodley side. with time running out saints pushed a third striker forward in an attempt to secure the points but at times desperate defending kept them at bay. with barely a minute of play left a rare loxwood break found matt poll who slotted home in robson like fashion to give loxwood a surprising lead. the ref showed leniency as khetani did a giggs and waved his loxwood shirt like it was a cup final winner as for poley his head was covered in a ravenelli type celebration. there was no time left for saints and a real smash and grab performance earned the points for loxwood. borrett afterwards said "at times you earn your luck, we did that by keeping shape and working hard. we never got the passing game going but showed spirit throughout. lets hope we can be more fluent in the second game". ratings matt manktelow (9) man of the match display from matty who kept the saints at bay with a string of sensational saves. eddie west (7) solid effort from ed. had a big responsibility in a backs to the wall defensive display, kept the shape of the back line well, marshalling the back three superbly. asif khetani (7) overall an assured display. went walk about a couple of times but stuck to his task well for most of the game and showed good determination in his personal battle. keith peake (8) improved as the game went on and put some hard hitting and timely tackles in to save his side on a few occasions. adam turner (6) worked hard tracking but didn’t influence the game much going forward. jack gill (7) gave us good quality again at set pieces and showed his fitness is improving with some good defending up and down. knocked some good balls into channels which were mopped up to easily. . Information about the first team. nomir ahmed (5) never picked up the pace of the game and lacked in the challenge. phil kydonieus (7) used the ball poorly but did a valuable job for the side marking their influential no 7 out of the game. matt poll (7) found it hard to influence the game with his passing game which was poor but popped up to calmly slot home the important winning goal and tackled hard and worked well for the side. gary campbell (6) sat very deep and never got the passing going, battled as hard as anyone. dan jack (6) dan worked hard enough but was largely ineffectual going forward. held the ball poorly and although the service was awful, dan didn’t make anything happen for himself. steve hanlon (7) (for ahmed 25) steve offered willing when he came on and mopped up a lot of danger, added vocal support to his team mates as well. russell vokins (7) (for turner 40) comfortably settled at right wing back and offered a more physical approach
woodley saints 2 - 1 loxwood reserves
loxwood reserves lost to woodley saints in the second match of their double header despite taking the lead with a well taken kuffour goal. it’s fair to say the loxwood side gave a better showing going forward in this second match up but woodley just had that little bit more and deserved the victory. with steve hanlon impressing in the first game he kept the place in an otherwise unchanged team. woodley again started the brighter of the two sides but loxwood were showing more encouraging signs going forward without clearly threatening the saints goal. manktelow once again impressed with some good saves and his drop kicks set up play, also relieving pressure. hanlon who had worked tirelessly was replaced by ahmed and phil who continued to marshal the saints 7 well, but was running out of steam was replaced by kuffour with campbell given the responsibility to man mark. kuffour looked instantly lively and soon scored from close range after some excellent work and a pinpoint cross from turner. unfortunately the lead was short lived when manktelow spilled a cross when he looked to of been clearly fouled and watched khetani’s attempt to clear go in the back of the net for an og. half time arrived all square at 1-1. the second half started in the worst possible fashion as campbell switched off at the kick off letting the saints 7 run through on goal and his shot although parried by manktelow fell straight to a woodley forward who slotted home to give saints the lead. the game then went from end to end but loxwood’s better approach play lacked the killer final ball and no clear cut opportunities developed. campbell who was suffering with cramp was replaced, borrett bringing on frankie in an attempt to push for an equaliser and with little time left it was dejavue for poll who this time couldn’t find the finish from 12 yards when through on goal, with seconds remaining and a loxwood corner, borrett called for manktelow to come up but the big keeper declined. gill’s corner found the head of poll who glanced the effort wide. the ref blew for time. final score 2-1 to woodley saints. borrett afterwards said “we were unlucky the ref didn’t call the foul on matt and we got caught asleep from the kick off in the second half. but to be fair to woodley they deserved something and they got it. what a gutsy display from loxwood in both games, keep it going”. ratings matt manktelow (8) another terrific display from matt. kept saints at bay with some good saves, very unlucky with both goals. eddie west (7) never seems to let the side down an assured display. asif khetani (6) not as good as the first match played to deep at times and has to stop his wandering. keith peake (7) solid once again from keith who must of covered every blade of grass and kept going well. only ever had eyes for the ball and never flinched once in the tackle. adam turner (8) set our goal up with a pinpoint cross and showed he can muscle in with a number of good tackles. jack gill (7) kept going well for the duration and showed in the last minute tracking a run that he’s playing for the team and doing his job. steve hanlon (7) worked hard until he was totally shagged a good performance. phil kydonieus (8) phil kept going and tracked the no 7 everywhere until he ran out of steam. an improved passing display as well. matt poll (7) the two games must of helped poley with his fitness. was blowing hard in the second game but kept going well and battled hard throughout. gary campbell (7) busy in the midfield and hit saints hard in the tackle but didn’t use the ball particularly well. dan jack (6) i can never moan about dan’s work rate. danny boy we need you to offer that little bit extra, come on. . nomir ahmed (6) (for hanlon 20) far better than in the first game but nomir needs to get some consistency into his game. ben kuffour (7) (for kydonieus 25) looked sharp and scored a good goal. frankie (7) (for campbell 50) done a good job when he came on, running at the woodley defence and using the ball well.
earley home guard 0 - 1 loxwood reserves
a fine headed goal by asif khetani was enough to take three points in the second match of the double header against earley home guard. in all honesty loxwood reserves should of murdered their tiring opponents but a mixture of poor finishing and defiant home guard defending gave loxwood the narrowest of wins. scorer khetani after the giant displays of khetani and ahmed in the first game they both lined up in the second contest with kydonieus who’d been rested for the first game also coming in. straight from the kick off loxwood dominated and passed the ball neatly. ahmed, vokins and kydonieus set the play up nicely with some huge tackles. gill and turner revelled in the extra space that seemed available and put some terrific balls in to dangerous areas but kuffour and mellor found it hard to get the better of their markers and any attempts on goal were easily dealt with by home guards keeper. loxwood were denied two penalty claims by referee devine. with 25 minutes gone a well flighted ball into the box was well met by the acrobatic kuffour but his overhead that seemed to be heading for the top corner was turned round the post by home guards keeper. from the resulting gill corner, khetani headed home to give loxwood a deserved lead. this seemed to spark the tiring earley side who forced 7 consecutive corners but there was no way through for home guard as loxwood defended each one superbly. loxwood then continued to force the play but half time arrived, 1-0 loxwood. with the game still in the balance and personal fitness looking good borrett sent the same line up out for the second half. kuffour was soon presented with a perfect headed opportunity but poor contact saw it go wide and after another well delivered gill corner the impressive khetani had a header cleared of the line. at the other end manktelow was getting colder by the minute as he was a mere spectator. after working himself into the ground, mellor was replaced by frankie and his first touch was to screw a shot wide. borrett then gave himself a run for the luckless kuffour and soon watched a screamer from turner rattle the crossbar and then after some good work from gill and ahmed, borrett leapt like a salmon to head over which was the last significant action. final score 1-0 to loxwood. the delighted loxwood manager, pete borrett commented, "what a spirited showing, we should of killed the game off really but you have to give credit to a very tired home guard side who made it hard for us. it was good to see such good sportsmanship between the two sets of players in such tight games".
loxwood reserves 1 - 1 earley home guard
loxwood reserves secured a point in the first match of their double header against earley home guard. simon mellor marked his return to the team with an emphatically struck penalty which evened the contest after an earlier strike from earley. the woodwork once again aided the opposition with mellor and campbell unlucky with efforts in the first and second halves. with key personell unavailable for the first team, the reserves had the knock on effect. key players such as keith and dan got the first team call but this did nothing to sour the day. it’s fair to say home guard dominated in the midfield during the early exchanges but after some great loxwood interplay mellor was unfortunate to see a strike from 12 yards hit a post and after a mazy run, vokins well struck effort was well saved. loxwood strarted losing to many 50/50’s in the midfield and soon were a goal down when an opportunist strike from 25 yards looped over the back pedalling manktelow and dropped in the net. loxwood then defended a sustained period of pressure, but coped, colin simmons in particular clearing danger well. home guards efforts were mainly from long range and matt watched a series of efforts sail over the bar. ed west swept with assurance and coming in to half time loxwood started to look the stronger team, passing the ball well without causing home guards back line to many problems but loxwood were still second best physically. mellor: pile driver penalty no changes were made at half time but with 10 minutes elapsed borrett rang the changes with ahmed, khetani and olsen replacing vokins, hanlon and gill. it seemed to lift the side and within moments of the change kuffour was brought down in the box and mellor levelled the scores with a pile driver of a penalty. khetani and ahmed made a huge impact on the game with their physical approach and suddenly their seemed just one side in it. campbell was unlucky to watch his hooked shot hit the angle of crossbar and post, kuffour slotted wide from 10 yards and a mellor free kick from 20 yards was well parried by the home guard keeper. loxwood were soon down to 10 men as mccadden limped off for the last 12 minutes. with all the subs used, mellor dropped into midfield and loxwood held firm to secure a well earned point. borrett afterwards said "a good come back after allowing home guard to dominate for a lot of the game, hopefully our fitness will tell in the second". ratings matt manktelow (7) kicked well and handled with assurance a good contribution although he didn’t have any real saves to make. steve hanlon (6) steve started slowly and didn’t attack the ball well enough. was partly at fault for the goal but did improve as the game went on. eddie west (8) very effective in the sweeping role and guided the centre backs through the game well. his decision making was spot on and played neat simple balls when he could. even when ed cocked up he managed o put his own mistakes right, superb performance. colin simmons (9) very impressive display from our debutante. got stuck in well, headed cleanly and played the ball with care. always seemed to get his head up and look for options. needs to talk more. adam turner (7) solid display again, worked his line well both ways. needs to show a little more belief when challenging but this is an area that is improving in turns game. good use of the ball with very few stray passes. jack gill (7) looked good and jack’s becoming more vocal which is encouraging. excellent technique showed and put some terrific balls into dangerous areas. gary campbell (7) brighter from gazza. in the first half stood out as the only hard hitter and got right up the noses of home guard with his big hitting tackles. very unlucky with a great effort hitting the woodwork. russell vokins (7) did o. k. but gave the ball away cheaply at times. couldn’t dominate due to the miss match in size, well he is only 5’. dom mccadden (7) was doing well and working hard for the side before he picked up an injury. simon mellor (8) great to have si back in the fold and he worked his bollocks off, some great hold up play and angled runs. on a day of better service he would of got a few goals due to his running of the ball. excellent attitude as well. ben kuffour (7) off side should be his nick name which is very frustrating. lacked the cutting edge we know he has but showed some nice touches and moments of skill but never really hurt home guards defence. nomir ahmed (7) (for vokins45) solid as a rock and hit as hard as he used to which we needed. asif khetani (7) (for hanlon 45) excellent as soon as he got on the field, his commitment like nomir’s made a major impact on the game and asif stuck with his man well. nigel olsen (7) (for gill 45) solid display from wizard who took no prisoners.
frilsham 4 - 0 loxwood reserves
reserve team boss pete borrett was left stunned by his team's poor display as they tumbled out of the berks & bucks junior trophy last sunday. dismal defending cost his side dearly but borrett was particularly concerned with the way his side went down without a fight. only a handful of players looked up for it and despite a good start, once frilsham went ahead too many loxwood heads went down. after dominating the opening 15 minutes, loxwood fell behind when poor marking at a corner allowed their striker to head powerfully past matty manktelow. a carbon copy of this goal soon followed suit and when frilsham added a third with a well taken diving header it looked as though a rout might be on the cards. gary campbell: first team recall? half-time came as a welcome relief and with nothing to lose, borrett threw on new signing westley stone to form a three pronged attack with ben and jonno. wizard was the sacrificial lamb as rangers switched to a 3-4-3 formation and to their credit, loxwood at least managed to stem the tide although they rarely threatened to pull back the deficit. in a bid to bolster things further, long term injury victim russell vokins came on for turns while jack gill replaced the tiring john morshead. but by this stage the tie was already over as dom mcadden's one and only mistake from his new position as sweeper was punished by a fourth goal. loxwood's best chance fell to ben kuffour who somehow failed to score from three yards after being brilliantly picked out by new boy wes. that apart, the frilsham keeper was rarely tested and as the final whistle blew, bemused boss borrett was seen wandering around in the woods banging his head against the trees saying "i can't take this any more." the reserves need to put this game firmly out of their mind and instead remember how well they played before christmas in that superb 2-0 triumph over afc earley. how they performed 1 matty manktelow - had no chance with any of the goals and made several vital stops to keep the score respectable - 8. 2 adam turner - his head went down as soon as frilsham scored and from then on he contributed very little - 6. 3 nigel olsen - the difficult conditions underfoot certainly didn't suit wiz who was given a bit of a roasting - 6. 4 dom mcadden - dom did well in an unaccustomed position as sweeper but one error spoilt his day -7. 5 steve hanlon - struggled to get to grips with their centre forward although he improved as the game progressed - 6. 6 keith peake - very solid an uncompromising in the tackle. if only some of his commitment would rub off on other players -8. 7 asif khetani - faded in and out of the game and at times looked completely lost -6. 8 gary campbell - gaz never gave up the fight even when his side were 4-0 down. he's obviously doing all he can to get back in the first team -9. 9 jonno morshead - led the line well without much support and was glad just to get 80 minutes under his belt -7. 10 ben kuffour - struggled to make any impact on the game and only he will know how he failed to score from close range near the end - 6. 11 dave clyde - showed loads of commitment on his return from injury before understandably running out of steam near the end -7. subs 12 westley stone (olsen 45) - worked hard on his debut but the pitch certainly didn't help his cause - 7. 14 russell vokins (turner 60) -put himself about and it was good to see him back after such a nasty injury -6. 15 jack gill (morshead 80) - showed a good touch and distributed the ball well - if only he didn't always have 10 pints on a saturday night! -7.