Category: Match Reports

Ben Hollow lifts shield

Locking Park Reserves win Davis Shield!

Locking Park won the Davis Shield with a hard fought victory over a tough Uphill Castle team.

Uphill started the game well, with their fluid front three causing the Park defence problems. After Park weathered the early storm, they started to get a grip on the game and almost took the lead after a long range Kyle Hobden shot hit the corner of post and bar.

The game was fairly even and open, with Uphill failing to create any clear cut chances. Park took the lead after 30 minutes when Rob Long tried to shoot but was thwarted, and the ball landed with Matty Hollow who smashed the ball home from close range. 1-0 to Park at half time.

Park extended their lead five minutes into the second half when a superb Chris Green ball sent Matty Hollow away again, and he went through one on one with the keeper and coolly slotted the ball underneath him for his second of the game.

Uphill had to come out and be more attacking and this made the game very end to end, exciting, but nerve-racking for Park. Uphill got a goal back with 25 minutes to play to set up a grandstand finish. Park dug deep and defended magnificently, with Mike Bollard and Rob Long holding firm in front of the park defence of Dave Bordon, Jon Rowsell, Ben Hollow, Lyndon Cook and Mike Page.

Dan Cook was having his best game of the season but had to come off injured and it left Park restricted to the odd counter attack. They tried to get the killer third goal and hit the post through Chris Green and the bar from Matty Hollow, but couldn’t get the goal to put the game safe.

Uphill exerted more pressure through a number of late corners, but couldn’t get the equaliser, and Park were mightily relieved to hear the final whistle. A fantastic contribution from all concerned, including the Park subs of Liam Page, Darrell Capille and Jordan New, who all made vital contributions, as well as unused sub Paul Sharp who supported the lads strongly from the side.

Man of the match went to Lyndon Cook for a magnificent man marking job on the Uphill danger man Matt Bebber who never got a sniff.


Park Reserves go 7 unbeaten!

Park extended their unbeaten run to 7 games in all competitions with a hard fought win over a testing AFC Nailsea side in sweltering heat.

Park struggled to start the game well and were needlessly giving away possession, which gave Nailsea confidence. Neither side really created anything clear cut, Park having a couple of half chances from corners. Nailsea took the lead after Park gave the ball away under no pressure and were then in a good position. With half time looming, and Park in trouble, Kyle Hobden picked the ball up and from fully 35 yards trownced an unstoppable shot into the top corner to earn Park an undeserved equaliser.

Park regrouped and were a more effective force in the second half, in what was still a fairly even game. With 20 minutes to go the game turned on a major refereeing decision. Craig Baird was taken out by a Nailsea defender when clean through on goal, the referee awarded a penalty and sent off the Nailsea player. Matt Hollow stepped up to dispatch the spot kick, 2-1 Park.

Nailsea to their credit kept going with 10 men trying to fashion an equaliser but it wasn’t to be. Park had the unusual luxury of three subs, all of whom made a positive contribution as well as being fresh legs in the unbearable heat.

Man of the match went to Kyle Hobden for a fantastic goal that dragged park back into the match.

Man of the Match

First and Reserves Victorious

Cleeve West Town Reserves 2 – 3 Locking Park

Locking Park earned a hard fought victory in their first game in a month away against Cleeve West Town Reserves.

Park were first to score after Tom Rolls’ diving header from a Mitch Corrick cross on 11 minutes. It was soon 2-0 after a Somers Counsell long-range free kick caught the wind causing the home keeper to flap at the ball, it ending up in the back of the net on 20.
In the second half Cleeve took advantage of the wind and slope and got one back on 53. A free kick expertly slotted passed stand in keeper James Bromley. Five minutes later the scores were level after Joe Pearson was judged to pushed a Cleeve attacker in the box and the home side converted the resulting penalty.
But it was Park’s day when Russel Carter played Rory Atkins in and he volleyed the ball passed the oncoming keeper to seal the winner.
C. Erison Man of the match went to Russel Carter.
Locking Park Reserves 6 – 1 Worle Rangers Reserves
Park made it 4 wins in a row with a convincing thrashing of Worle Rangers Reserves. Park took an early lead when great work from Chris Green on the right allowed him to play a ball into the box for the unmarked Dan Cook to slot home from close range. They went 2-0 up shortly after Chris Green again created a chance for Matt Hollow to score. Park then took their foot off the gas which allowed Rangers back into the game, and they got a goal back before half-time following a defensive mix up. 2-1 to Park at half-time.
Park started the second half well and got a third when Green again set up Matty Hollow. Park were now in total control and looked like they could score at will. Hollow got his 3rd and 4th goals following assists from Green again and Hobden to make it 5-1. Hollow won a penalty late on and Green took it to complete the rout.
Man of the match went to Matty Hollow for 4 goals, with Chris Green unlucky to miss out with 4 assists and a goal.

Rowsell wonder strike settles cup quarter final!

Locking Park came into this game on the back of a great win and a number of encouraging performances and were in confident mood ahead of this Davis Shield Quarter Final.

It was an even contest for the opening part of the match but Wrington took the lead after 7 minutes when an excellently free kick from just outside the area flew straight into the back of the net. Park equalised when Ben Hollow flicked the ball in the air and acrobatically volleyed into the top corner from just inside the area. From then on Park were the better team creating a number of chances that they couldn’t convert from excellent play from Chris Green, Liam Page, Dan Cook and Brett Bolton. But Wrington went in at 2-1 up at half-time following a hotly disputed penalty decision.

Park started the second half in determined fashion and enjoyed near total domination for the rest of the match, with Ben Hollow and Somers Counsell running the midfield, and the back line of Dave Bordon, Jordan New, Mike Page, Lyndon Cook and Jon Rowsell not looking like they were going to conceede. However, Wrington were always dangerous on the break and were it not for a couple of wonder saves from Dave Bordon they would have gone 3-1 down. Substitute Craig Baird came on and helped change the game in Park’s favour, scoring with 20 minutes to go with a classy finish over the keeper.

Injury and a lack of other substitutes meant player-manager Joe Rowsell was called in to action for the last 15 minutes. Very late in the game, with extra-time looming ,he controlled a knock down from Baird in the area, and coolly swivelled to fire the ball across the giant keeper to win the game in the last minute. Cue wild celebrations for which Rowsell was lucky not to be booked for taking his shirt off!

Man of the match could have gone to anyone in the team, however it was awarded to Dave Bordon for some world class saves at a crucial point in the game.


Locking Park Res back to winning ways!

Park got back to winning ways with an emphatic win over fellow promotion hopefuls Congresbury.

They took the lead after just two minutes when Chris Green put Matty Hollow through to open the scoring. Park doubled their lead not long after Kyle Hobden was set free down the left and a delightful ball across the box found Matty Hollow again. The third goal came not long again after that, Dan Cook playing a one-two with Chris Green before finishing nicely from an acute angle. The game was never in doubt with Ben Hollow and the returning and impressive Mike Bollard running the midfield. The 4th goal came shortly before half-time when a Ben Hollow through ball set his brother Matt through and he lobbed the ball over the keeper who was in no man’s land to complete a first half hat trick.

The second half was a more dour affair which was to be expected. Park kept looking to create chances but were unable to score any more goals. The back line of Jon Rowsell, Paul Sharp, Lyndon Cook and Mike Page, in front of Dave Bordon were looking impenetrable, however a dodgy penalty decision allowed Congresbury to score to make it 4-1.

Man of the match went to Matty Hollow for a welcome hat trick.


Locking Park throw away a 2 goal advantage

Locking Park threw away a two goal advantage twice to draw to Sporting Weston at home.

The first half was an even affair. The first goal came when Ross Radford ran down the right and smashed a cross-cum-shot which looped into the top left hand corner. Locking were lucky to be ahead but still pushed on and Rory Atkins should’ve made it two till. A Ryan Harris long ball found Jack Poole squared to Rory Atkins who scuffed his effort back to the retreating keeper.

It was then Sporting’s turn to put on the pressure and stand-in keeper Michael Bollard did well with two decent saves to keep Locking in it. Although the away team got the equaliser when a corner avoided everyone and their striker tapped in at the back post.

Park started well in the second and striker Atkins redeamed himself controlling a cross from Jack Poole beautifully to bring down and smash past the Sporting keeper. Park then got a third when a Ryan Harris corner went in off a away defender.

Sporting then came back when Havard smashed a shot which was well saved by Bollard, but a Sporting forward came in to chip him before he couldn’t stand up. Locking’s turn to press and after a Sommers and Harris one-two Rory Atkins went one-on-one and beat the away keeper to make it 4-2

Late in the game Locking looked comfortable but Sporting pushed on and forced a corner 20 minutes to go which ended with captain Dan Windsor losing his man and leaving an easy header for 4-3. Soon after Sporting got the equaliser after a another corner defensive mishap ended with a Sporting forward hitting the ball through a crowd into the net.

Park will be disappointed with a game that should’ve been put to bed early on against a side in the same position in the league. Special mentions to Michael Bollard for an inspired game in goal, Somers for playing out of position for the third game in a row. C. Erison Man of the Match went to Ryan Harris for end-to-end running and 100% effort.

Locking Park vs Hutton

Hutton do the double over First team

Locking Park produced a better display than the previous encounter, but still slumped to a defeat to promotion hopefuls Hutton.

The surface was far from perfect and this was shown in the first half with 3 penalties being conceded. Hutton got the first and converted it confidently, Locking then had the chance to level the scores but the Hutton keeper pulled off a great save from Ryan Harris to keep the home side ahead. Hutton then won another penalty only for the taker to put it pass the post. Later in the first Locking did equalise, Somers Counsell heading in an Aidan Dancer cross to make it one each at half time.

Hutton got into gear in the second half and after a run from the left and a rash challenge by Aidan Dancer, the referee pointed to the spot once again. The home team scored to take the lead and went on to get two more the game ending 4-1.

A good local derby where Locking will be ruing the missed penalty in the first half. C. Erison Man of the Match went to Somers Counsell.


First team comfortably win at home

Locking Park overcame struggling Cleeve West Town Reserves at home 4-1.

The scoring was opened by Joe Pearson heading in a corner on 23 and the returning Ryan Harris made it 2-0 just before half time.

Cleeve got a goal back at the beginning of the second half but Locking replied straight away, Harris getting his second of the game. After terrorising the away defence for most of the match Harry Hornigold got a deserved goal to finished Cleeve off, capitalising on a pin-point cross from Mike Green.

A solid performance by Locking; making use of a 3-5-2 formation and using the width well. The score could’ve been more with amongst others Pearson hitting the woodwork. Special mentions for Somers Counsel and C. Erison Man of the Match Harry Hornigold.


First team leave it late in the cup

Locking Park beat a spirited Churchill Club 70 Reserves 3 – 0 after extra time to go through to the next round of the Knock-out Cup.

It was end to end stuff for most of the game with Locking going close multiple times, the away keeper pulling off some decent saves to keep the score level. Churchill striker Will Poole even found the net but it was judged offside.

The game really came to life in extra time with Park finally breaking the deadlock when Harry Hornigold crossed to Ollie Boyd to head home. In the second half Hornigold was the provider again, this time Joe Pearson bundling the cross into the net to make it 2-0. The game was put beyond doubt after Somers Counsell put substitute James Bromley through and he calmly placed the ball past the oncoming keeper.

A decent result albeit slightly flattering for the home side. C. Erison Man of the Match went to Ollie Boyd.


Locking win away at Sporting Weston

Locking Park won 5-4 away at Sporting Weston in an exciting end-to-end match.

Park started slowly and were 2-0 down within ten minutes. It was 2-1 five minutes later when Harry Hornigold played a ball across the box for Matt Hollow to slot into the net. Hollow got his second in a goal mouth scramble to make it even just before half time.

Sporting Weston started the second half brighter and went 3-2 up winning and converting a penalty. only for Tom Rolls to outpace the home defence minutes later, smash passed the oncoming keeper and make it level once again. Soon after Locking got their own penalty but Matt Hollow put it passed the post. Sporting punished that ten minutes later going 4-3 up but Park rallied and once again drew level when Tom Rolls played across the box to Rory Atkins who finished well. Matt Hollow got a deserved hattrick and Locking Park’s winner just before the end when impressive substitute Sommers Counsell played him through and his shot was too hot to handle for the keeper.

A great team performance to come from behind multiple times, man of the match going to Matt Hollow.