Date: Monday 29th August 2011
Starting line-up: Neil Clark, Sadler, Patterson, Jackson, Watkins (c), Hung
Nguyen, Ben McGeown, Ian Clarke, Chris Gray, MTM, Noble
Subs: Northy, Bradley, James McGeown
One of the implications of last years promotion is the guarantee of a game every
bank holiday Monday, something that will test squad availability given the jet-set life-styles of certain members of the club. Luckily for the gaffer a strong squad was available to pick from with Clarkey no.1 and Clarky no.2 coming into the starting eleven.
In contrast to Saturday Cubo made a bright start, with the quality of the surface
allowing them to move the ball around with confidence, allowing Sadler and J-
Pat to get in advanced positions in the Abbey Rangers half. Cubo were getting
particular joy down the right side but time after time the delivery into the box
failed to beat the first man allowing the aging Abbey Rangers backline to clear.
Some well worked moves created some good shooting opportunities but Cubo
were unable to fully test, their best effort an attempted lob from Clarkey which
was comfortably saved by Abbey Rangers stand in keeper. A couple of corners
aside the hosts had shown very little going forward and Clarky had yet to make a
save of note.
Cubo continued to press at the beginning of the second half but without the
fluency in possession that they had shown in the first half, and their failure
to score in the opening period was beginning to look like it might be costly as
Abbey Rangers grew into the game. The home side were centimetres from
taking the lead when an in-swinging free kick looked destined for the far corner
until Northy somehow managed to flick the ball onto the post and away. Whilst
Cubo could consider themselves lucky not to be a goal down from this it was
soon the hosts turn to be counting their lucky stars. First a header from Jim McG, arriving late at the back post, was cleared off the line and then with 5 minutes to go Chris Gray somehow put the ball wide from 6 yards out with only a defender on the line. To be fair to Chris, a man raised on the striking exploits of Dion Dublin and Noel Whelan is hardly going to have seen much decent finishing in his formative years.
Final Score: Abbey Rangers 0-0 AFC Cubo
Overall a decent point for Cubo following Saturday’s disappointing performance
and should draw confidence from the first half in particular where they played
some excellent football.
Man of the Match: Rob Sadler / Jacko (joint winners)
Report: Benny Mac