THIS isn't Sparta...
United beat Spartans in 6 goal thriller.
It was a fine Sunday morning up at Lace Hill where United faced MK Spartans for the second time this season. United went into the game knowing it was going to be a feisty affair after the first fixture had seen two red cards.
Manager Ashley Peacock had a very strong match day squad and started with, Frankey Tarrant at GK, Alex Bush RB, John Westcott CB, Jacob Field CB, Luke McAndrew LB, Sam Oxley CM, John Hinson CM, Dan McAndrew CM, Henry Jones RW, Matt Carr LW with Olly Watts at ST. Which left Peacock with a strong bench of Matt Gregory, Damian Fallon, Luke Tavener and Sam While.
United started the game and were on the front foot with H.Jones causing problems for the Spartans LB. But United lacked the killer instinct to progress in the game. Spartans were putting up a good fight and began to win their battles over the pitch. United weren’t winning in the challenges and this showed when a ball over the top caught United out allowing the Spartan striker to lob Tarrant and the ball flukily came off the post and into the net. 1-0 Spartans. Peacock and the fans demanded more from the team. It wasn't long after the goal Peacock decided to use his strong bench and brought Tavener into the fold, replacing S.Oxley. After a slight shuffle which saw Jones move into a more central role with Watts now occupying the wing and Tavener playing up top, it wasn't long before United got back into the game. Watts was able to beat his man on the wing, he played a lovely ball to Jones who squared it to Hinson who unleashed a volley towards goal. It took a slight defection which helped it fly into the Spartans goal. 1-1 HT.
United went into the half time break knowing that there best football was yet to come and after a positive team talk they knew exactly what was being asked of them. One change was made at half time with Gregory replacing Carr.
The second half started a bit shakily for United which relied on Tarrant making a few incredible saves to keep them in the game. This acted as wake up call for the United players and they kicked into gear. Gregory and Watts combined down the left wing to play a ball in the channel which Tavener greatly received and scored with a lovely finish past the Spartans keeper. 2-1 United. This was the opening of the flood gates and it was about to rain goals for the United. United began to great a shed load of chances the best of which falling to L.McAndrew after a spectacular ball in from Hinson. L.McAndrew produced a goal of the season contender with a fantastic looping header into the top right hand corner. 3-1. D.McAndrew was in his element in the middle of the park spraying balls left, right and centre gifting chances for Gregory and Watts who were both denied by some heroic saves from the Spartans keeper. He came undone though with a Hinson special long throw into the box for Gregory thunderbolt volley into the roof of the net. 4-1. Changes were made and united introduced Fallon and While for the first time, with also Carr and S.Oxley coming back on. Standing ovation given to D.McAndrew, Jones, Watts and Hinson coming off. United weren't stopping at 4-1 and continued to press. Field played a lovely ball over the top for Gregory to run onto and neatly finish pass the keeper into the bottom right hand corner. 5-1 GAME OVER. Great character shown by the United to come back to win in a very convincing fashion. Next up for United is Newton Leys away at the Leon school.
Match Report by A Peacock.
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