City gain comfortable win in latest pre-season test
7-0 away win vs Slyne.
As the start of the season draws near, Lancaster Reserves made sure they ended pre-season right with a thrilling 7-0 victory away at Slyne, with an impressive 4 of the goals coming from debutant Elliot Pond.
Before the match we had the opportunity to speak to manager Luke Evans who said at the moment he has “no predictions in place at the moment it’s just looking to prepare the side as best as we possibly can”. When asked about how pre-season preparations are going he responded saying “preparation has gone really well” and that pre-season “it’s just a case of getting the lads together and seeing what we’ve got”. He also said he hoped for “a good organised performance” and that the team start to “understand the formation and the style of play that we’re looking for this season”.
We also had the chance to speak to captain for Lancaster Reserves that match Louis. He said at the moment it’s just a case of developing the squad by “getting a few new lads in and seeing what their strong points are and what their weaknesses are” and that the atmosphere in the dressing room on the build up to the game was good and that all the new players are “bonding well with each other”.
Louis also mentioned how the team have brought some new players in since their friendly against Warrington.
• It was a great start to the match by Lancaster as they took an early lead through Elliot Pond who brought the ball down brilliantly to then tuck it away bottom corner.
• Lancaster on and off the ball were superior in the first half as high pressure football saw them be very tight defensively whilst also having very good hold up play and creating very good chances for the attackers.
• Lancaster were unlucky with some of their chances in the first half, as a good save by the opposition keeper and a brilliantly headed ball by number 5 just went over the bar kept the score at 1-0. With later on an exquisite finessed strike by number 8 hitting the post.
• Lancaster then doubled their lead with number 7 coming to the outside the box pulling of some great dribbling to then have a strong finish at the side netting.
• The Lancaster keeper Lewis Hunt didn’t have much to trouble him in the 1st half from Slyne, only one chance came from Slyne from a corner however the Lancaster keeper dealt with it with a great save at his near bottom corner.
• Lancaster made it 3-0 as a decently struck free kick by Matt Thompson saw number 11 pick up the pieces as he turned it in after the free kick hit the post. Lancaster then made it 4-0 in quick succession with Elliot Pond bagging his second of the game with a brilliant scissor kick into the bottom corner.
• Lancaster Reserves definitely picked up from where they left off in the second half as more dominant play and tight defending continues. Lancaster are unlucky as a nicely struck shot hits from (number 8 hits the post and goes back to open play.
• Debutant Elliot Pond continues to prove his worth as he scores 2 more goals to complete his hat-trick and indefinitely seal the win for Lancaster Reserves. His 3rd goal came from a long range effort after a magnificent scoop turn from outside the box. His 4th goal and Lancaster’s 6th came from a very simple finish inside the box. He has had a field day.
• An opportunity went begging for Lancaster Reserves later in the half as the number 4 fails to capitalise from a great cross in the box as he just hits it wide.
• Unluckily for Slyne their keeper got injured after an attempt to gather the ball sees him collide with a Lancaster player. In a very peculiar series of events, Slyne have had to borrow Lancaster’s sub GK Sam Kumbet as they don’t have a back-up keeper, a good opportunity for him to show why he should be starting for Lancaster.
• Once again, good defending from the Reserves had seen very little chances come to the keeper to save from the Slyne attack, although they did come close from a headed attempt from a cross however Lewis Hunt pulls out all the stops to keep the clean sheet.
• Lancaster continued to show their great defending after an attempt from a dangerous Slyne corner saw number 2 pull off a brilliant goal line clearance. Towards the end of the second half Lancaster made it 7-0 through Aaron Halliday catching the keeper square for a comfortable finish to end the game 7-0.
Full Time: Slyne 0 – 7 Lancaster Reserves
We then got some post-match thoughts from goal scorer of 4 Elliot Pond. Commenting on his team’s performance, Elliot said he was “impressed with all round performance” and he also said how he felt sharp in the first half and he said how he felt he done “quite well”.
Manager Luke Evans mentioned how his team “push on from here” and how “there’s plenty to work on.” He also praised his team saying: “on a whole the lads have played well”. He was also happy with the trialists’ performance saying they “have done really well for the club” and he also commented on how “it’s great for us for Sam to come in and get minutes” in response to substitute goalkeeper Sam Kumbet having to play for the opposition after a keeper injury for Slyne. Manager Luke also wished the Slyne shot-stopper a speedy recovery.