DBFC 45s 3-4 USRC

Friday 22 March at King’s Park, K.O. 7.30p.m.

Team: Newley/ Kieran C, Neil OL, Steve, Mike/ Patric, John D, OB, Morse, Ben/ Fouad. Initial subs: Ricardo, Fluff, Nic.

Scorers: Ben 2, Fouad

DBFC 45s lost 4-3 to USRC in a keenly contested friendly at Kings Park on 22 March . On the day of the game USRC notified us that they could not raise a team for the scheduled league game so we decided to go ahead with a friendly with USRC allowed to bring in some younger players to make up the numbers. USRC started the game with a lot of possession but we looked threatening when we put balls into the channels for Fouad to chase. We went 1-0 up with a slightly fortunate goal as the linesman appeared to raise his flag for offside – USRC hesitated but Fouad managed to cross for Ben , in a new LM role, to hit home. Unfortunately we allowed USRC back into the game when we gave up possession playing out from the back and allowing their striker a clean shot at goal. Otherwise the defence, marshalled by Neil OL at right CB , were in good form with our over 60s left central defence of Steve and Mike rolling back a few years. Shortly before half time we went 2-1 up with another Fouad /Ben combination, an even better version of the right wing cross by Fouad and far post finish by Ben. HT2-1 but not many options off the bench with Patric having to finish his shift early. Second half started well with Fouad getting his just rewards up front with a simple finish after getting in behind USRC’s defence. But then a bad 10 minutes saw USRC score 3 times in quick succession without having to work too hard for their goals to go 4-3 up. We looked as if we would be in for a difficult final 20 minutes but regrouped with Nic unexpectedly arriving to help out in CM and Morse coming back to join Neil at CB . We didn’t create anything clear cut during the final part of the game but Nick Fluff in a very rare run out came close after a shot from the left turned into a cross to far post . A good run out against a decent team where we matched them for all but a short period.