Dom's Dugout.... Match Reports on West Lindsey J.F.C
'It's been a while since we checked in with our roving football reporter Dom and his Under-15's team, so here's a chance for you to catch up on how they did towards the end of this season.'
West Lindsey J.F.C. are currently back on track and heading for a high league position after a disastrous start of the season. Playing for a third of a season without a goalkeeper and going into many games with injured or ill players, with a bare squad of only twelve players. Yet throughout these troubled times the lads have kept morale up and have come out of these troubled waters, gained a new keeper and midfielder and now having won five out of our last six games, are shooting up the table in the U/15 Scunthorpe League.
28st January 2001 West Lindsey 3 V 0 Glanford
On a cold Sunday morning there are many places people would rather be than standing watching junior football, yet with all their usual enthusiasm the West Lindsey parents supported the lads to a 3-0 victory against a Glanford. The game started of at a fast pace with every player running about and doing his best to keep themselves warm.
Early in the first half West Lindsey were piling on the pressure and after a terrific through ball from the defence James Bingham took the ball past the Glanford sweeper and shot, the keeper made a fine save but the ball dropped kindly for Bingham who placed the ball straight into the back of the net making no mistake this time.
West Lindsey again came out strong after the break and kept up the constant pressure and playing some flowing football. James Bingham put the Lindsey boys two up with another super effort from just inside the area. Glanford weakened further towards the end of the game and David Mole finished the opponents off with an unstoppable shot from 15 metres. An excellent result against one of the better teams in the league.
February 18th West Lindsey 6 V 0 Barton
The Ducks are getting mighty again! What should have been a very tough game against a team who had an outside chance of the championship turned into a romp.
For the first 20 minutes Lindsey held off the Barton pressure without any major scares or near misses, Scottie Ayres in the Lindsey goal coped competently with any thing that came his way. After the initial pressure The Ducks took control of the game, by breaking quickly from midfield and leaving the Barton defenders chasing shadows. Lindsey went two goals in front by halftime and finished well on top. The expected fight back from Barton never materialised after the break and they were totally dominated by a quick skilful Lindsey team who were out to avenge an early season defeat by Barton.
After the two first half goals from Marchant and Hill, the game was wrapped up with 3 goals from Moley and a goal from Bingo Bingham.
March 4th West Lindsey 1 – 0 Broughton
The game started off scrappily, with Lindsey struggling to gain control from a strong and physical Broughton side. Lindsey soaked up the pressure while fighting a battle of wills in centre midfield. After twenty minutes Lindsey had used their newfound physical prowess with Alex Wade and Danny Butts controlling the midfield. Some good attacking play led to many chances but unfortunately this was destined to be a day when lady luck wasn’t on the duck's side!
West Lindsey's recent success had given them a great self-belief and the team spirit was through the roof. Some great defending from Simon Chadwick, Liam Webster and a sterling performance from Ryan Day helped Lindsey keep Broughton at bay. Lindsey had a good appeal for a penalty turned down when Paul Graham was brought down as he was about to shoot just inside the area.
As time dragged on, Lindsey kept on pilling on the pressure, with Gavin Hill and Duncan Welsh coming close in the closing minutes. In the final two minutes Gavin Hill and Craig Marchant created space down the right wing, then Gavin took on the last Broughton defender and played a square ball to David Mole who finished with all the style that Lindsey had kept up thought the game.
A well deserved win which moved West Lndsey into 4th position in the league after being bottom in November.
March 11th Gunness 2-2 West Lindsey
A hard fought game brought another good away point for the Ducks, against a well organised Gunness side. The first twenty five minutes of the game was evenly matched with chances few and far between but a little hesitancy in the Lindsey defence saw Gunness take the lead. The mental toughness, which was absent early in the season kicked in and the Ducks began to impose themselves on Gunness and within ten minutes Moley put Lindsey on level terms, with a well taken goal just before halftime .
Despite being on top in the second half and missing a host of chances, Gunness took the lead against the run of play with a shot which took a deflection and crept in of a post .
Lesser teams may have had the wind took out of their sails but the Lindsey boys stuck to their task and continued to press forward putting Gunness under tremendous pressure which eventually paid off when Marchant coolly slotted in the equaliser. Enough chances went begging for Lindsey to have won the game but good goalkeeping and a bit of wayward finishing kept the scores level.
March 18th West Lindsey 3-1 Messingham
Although not a sparkling performance the Ducks did enough to gain the points and avenge another early season defeat . Again sporting their lucky pupiline strip the Lindsey boys put Messingham under a lot of early pressure only to go behind from a shot which forced its way through a crowded defence. As is now usual the Ducks stepped up a gear and showed their opponents no respect, after going close on three occasions debutant Danny Allen scored a great goal from close range to put the scores level at halftime.
The second half was one way traffic with chance after chance coming the way of the Mighty Ducks and with a bit of luck and better finishing the score could have been doubled, but a superb individual effort from Bingo Bingham and a fantastic finish from Duncan Welsh put the game beyond Messingham and kept West Lindsey well established in the top group of teams in the league a feat which was highly unlikely after being bottom of the league in November.