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League Game v Leatherhead - 5th September - D.Murry
League Game v Oxshott - 28th September - T.Selwood
League Game v Putney - 21st September - S.Tipton
Friendly Game - 07th September 2014 - J.Foreman
Friendly Game - 31st August 2014 - T.Hunt
Friendly Game - 20th August 2014 - D.Nuthall (Wed Night)
Friendly Game - 17th August 2013 - Luke
Friendly Game - 10th August 2014 - P.Humphrey (RAIN)
Friendly Game - 3rd August 2014 - S.Crabb (Astro)
Squad Totals 14/15 -
Away to Leatherhead is always a tough fixture and the two clubs have a bit of history now. LEATHERHEAD FC v AFC LANES - The pitch was in great condition and the weather perfect for a good game of football.
Today Lanes mixed it up a bit playing some key players in different positions and started very well in the first 10 minutes both Newton and Martyn had chances that were harder to miss than score. But the next 10 minutes belonged to Leatherhead putting Lanes under pressure by winning corner after corner it was not long before they broke the deadlock by squeezing a header in near the post. 1-0
The next goal followed quickly with Leatherhead playing some great football and crossing the ball which was chested down and half volleyed into the goal. 2-0
Luckily Lanes seemed to wake up and apply pressure all over the pitch and start creating chances, the first of which came from a great run by Richard who beat 3 players but was taken down in a mistimed challenge as he got into the box, penalty given. Pete then expertly dispatches the penalty into the goal net making it 16pens14scored in his Lanes career. 2-1
Lanes then started to play the ball round and Mike's new role in the midfield helps dispatch the ball to the left which was played down the wing and crossed over by Martyn, with Newton at the front post causing havoc the keeper made a mistake and allowed Dan to slot it home. 2-2
5 minutes before the half and Lanes broke again causing pressure on the Leatherhead defence another cross by Martyn saw the ball flicked on by Terry then flicked towards goal by Dan only for a Leatherhead defender to get the final touch sending it into the goal. 2-3
Leatherhead came out from the half time break with all guns blazing and started to put Lanes under pressure which seemed to be being handled by Daryl and Tipton and the back who were player out of their skins since the two early goals against them. Leatherheads best chance came from a low cross and a miss-hit shot which flicked of a Lanes player on the six-yard box but the Lanes keeper reacted quickly to save it and then save the rebound in a double save which would have really changed the game if it went in.
Terry in midfield seemed possessed today and was running non-stop from box to box which reminded of his Cup Final appearance on this ground where he got cramp in both legs due to his constant running. Today was no different (except the cramp) and his work rate was amazing.
Lanes started to control the game a bit better and before long got another break through with Dan Murry closing a lost cause down forcing the keeper to clear it into his face and setting him up with an easy tap in. 2-4
Very good performance today especially to come from 2-0 down, Luke and the other boys at the back looked solid and some great individual performances all over the pitch.
Goals: Peter, Dan N, OG, Dan M
FINAL SCORE 2-4 (WIN)
Squad - Jon Foreman (GK), , Steve Tipton, Richard Graves, Luke, Daryl Basset, Newton Stevenson, Peter Humphrey, Terry Selwood, Mike, Dan Nuthall, Martyn Brady, Dan Murry, Alan Jaye, Matt Harrington
With 23 plus signed to the squad, this week only 12 were available for selection. EWELL TOWN v AFC LANES - Lanes first away game and a game that needed to get something out of.
After last week’s game, Lanes have learned an important lesson that mistakes are quickly punished; unfortunately this lesson was not applied in the first minute of today’s game. After a poor touch by Richard and some missed opportunities for a tackle from the Lanes midfield, Ewell had a chance in the first minute for a shot on goal. Although there also was a poor touch by the Ewell player, Lanes CB Steve did not pounce on it in time and a scuffed shot saw the ball sneak into the goal. 1-0
Lanes response was good and they started passing the ball around which was helped by a midfield who were more than capable. It was not long before they started winning corners and applying pressure with no success. Lanes were winning the ball all over the park with Midfielder Peter really driving on.
Ewell best player on the pitch was their left midfield and although he has some dodgy plucked eyebrows he had a very high technical ability. Most of the shots came from him today but were all well handled by the Lanes keeper.
Not much happened for the rest of the first half and the start of the second half with the game getting stuck in the midfield, in fact it was not until substitute Dan making an immediate impact with his first touch being a wipe out of a Ewell Town midfielder in what was 50/50 header; Dan changed the odds into his favour.
Lanes kept up some pressure towards the end of the game and before long had a penalty as clumsy tackle was made in the box. The pen was taken and saved by the Ewell keeper who had a very good game today stopping at least 5 clear chances of a Lanes goal.
Lanes were starting to look desperate and another ferocious shot was hit by midfielder Daryl who shot was blocked by the arm of a Ewell player which the ref deemed to be an accident, which was unlucky as the shot had the keeper beat. Daryl had a great game in midfield today with maybe a lack of tackles, but his work rate, passing and all round game was immense.
Ewell had two very good chances this half, the first came from a counter-attack and left a man free on the edge of the box bearing down on the Lanes goal. The ball had sat up nicely and half-volleyed with great pace but Keeper Jon was up to the challenge and tipped it over the bar. The second clear chance came 5 minutes later but was blocked by super sub Dan, who bravely dived into its path and the ball striking him on the body from 8 yards out.
Lanes best chance this half was created through some great passing and interplay with the ball being chipped into the box leaving Peter with a volley but was on his weaker foot and the effort went safely into the Ewell’s Keepers hands.
Lanes won another free kick with only minutes left on the clock and had a great chance but Ewell managed to clear to Dan Murry who hit the ball across the goal although too hi to cause enough damage.
If there was any criticise today it would be the final ball, lack of shots and lack of tackles all over the park.... But the whole performance was 10x better than last week and Lanes are starting to look like a premiership side.
FINAL SCORE 1-0 (LOSS)
Squad - Jon Foreman (GK), Dan Nuthall, Steve Tipton, Martin Sellman, Daryl Basset, Peter Humphrey, Newton Stevenson, Richard Graves, Mike, Dan Murry, Martyn Brady, Dan