Men’s Football 4ths 1-2 Lancaster 2nds

By Ryan Crompton

It has been a difficult week for the UCLan 4th team, after a 3-0 loss away to Manchester Metropolitan last week they suffered another setback this time at the hands of Lancaster.

The match began evenly with little separating the two sides in the opening 10 minutes, this, however, was to change shortly afterwards. With 12 minutes on the clock the UCLan goalkeeper, Ben Jones, came out of his area to clear the ball but scuffed his clearance, thus resulting in Lancaster’s number nine rounding him but firing wide from a tight angle.

This warning was not heeded by UCLan as Lancaster took a 13th minute lead. The ball was whipped in from the left hand side and Jones, perhaps fouled in the process, missed the ball and Lancaster had a simple tap in at the back post.

The first real pressure from UCLan came in the 23rd minute when from three successive corners shots were blocked.

The game was levelled however 10 minutes before half time when Sean Melusi was brought down in the box. Melusi took the penalty himself and struck it superbly to level the game at 1-1.

There was a scare on the stroke of half time as Jones was again called into action tipping over a cross seemingly heading for the top corner.

At the start of the second period UCLan could and probably should have had as many as three goals within three minutes with Melusi and UCLan’s number 10 wasting good chances.

The game remained fairly even until the 65th minute when Lancaster took the lead again, this time Jones misjudging a cross and the Lancaster striker had a free header to give his side the lead again.

Between then and the rest of the game UCLan really should have levelled with Melusi and others all wasting chances whilst Jones made a good stop from a long distance free kick.

Although the first win still eludes UCLan the signs are that first and all important win is just round the corner and they have a great opportunity to get going when they face Manchester Metropolitan’s 8th team this coming Wednesday.

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