Locking Park Reserves got a very undeserved 3 points against Worle who could quite rightfully feel aggrieved at the result. Park had a much changed line up due to mass first team injuries/unavailability, leaving the reserves to field a number of debutantes and players playing out of position for the cause.
The lack of familiarity amongst the reserves was clear to see as they couldn’t get into any passing rhythm compared to their Tuesday night rout against Kewstoke. Worle were the better team for the first 25 minutes and only a number of heroic saves from stand-in keeper, Russ Carter, kept Locking in the game.
It was at this point that Worle would have started to feel like it wasn’t going to be their day, as the captain was sent off for an elbow to the face of Lyndon Cook. Despite being down to 10 men Worle continued to dominate, although Park showed some flashes of promise on the occasions they were able to get the ball out wide.
The referee had a hard game to manage, and had potential to even up the red card count against Russ Carter and Dan Cook, but sensibly judged each incident on it’s merit. Locking were still struggling to string two passes together and you would have thought it was Park that were down to 10 men, not Worle!
But with Worle unable to finish any of their chances, the almost inevitable happened, and against the run of play, Dan Cook showed strength and perseverance to hold off a defender before turning and firing what was to be the winning goal, with about 10 minutes to go. Man of the match went to Russ Carter for some fantastic 1-on-1 saves to keep Locking in the game.