Category: Match Reports

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First team extend unbeaten league run

Locking Park first team won away against Wedmore to extend their unbeaten run in the league.

In difficult conditions the start of the game was a bit scrappy, but Park took the lead on 18 minutes through goal machine Chris Green. Mitch Corrick ran through the middle, passed to Green who curled in a brilliant opening goal. Ten minutes later it was 2-0, playmaker Ash Towler hitting one from the edge of the box which lobbed over the home keeper. Wedmore got one back just before half time after a push in the area was penalised by the referee, converting the resulting penalty to make it 2-1.

In the second half Park started brightly, going 3-1 up after a Harry Hornigold through ball found Chris Green who controlled and finished calmly. A minute later Hornigold got another assist, getting the ball on the right, hitting a ball across the box for Ross Radford to tap in. Ten minutes later Hornigold deservedly got on the score sheet, after a break from Radford to Chris Green who passed across the box to find Hornigold who made it 5-1.

Park looked to be cruising but Wedmore weren’t going to just rollover, getting back to 5-2 on 58 after good play through the middle and converting a one-on-one. The home team pressed on getting two more goals making 5-4 before the final whistle was blown.

An exciting game with lots of goals showing the best and worst of Locking Park this season, and taking nothing away from Wedmore. CES Man of the Match went to the ever-present and hard-working Mitch Corrick.

Man of the Match Harry Hornigold

First team win at home

Locking Park extended their unbeaten run in the league to 7 games with a comfortable home win against Uphill Castle Reserves.

The game started well for the home side when a Chris Green pass was flicked on by Ryan Harris to Aidan Dancer who tapped passed the keeper on 14. Uphill responded quickly though and it was 1-1 two minutes later. Park made it 2-1 after Harris powered through the opposition defence and smashed a left footed shot passed the oncoming keeper. Although Uphill once again equalised, this time through a penalty given away after Mike Green handled on the line.

The first half had a crazy finish with 3 goals in 5 minutes. The first for Locking Park, Harry Hornigold finishing from another Chris Green through ball. Uphill were next to score to again level the game only for Park to have a penalty awarded, Hornigold bought down in the area. Chris Green stepped up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to finish the half 4-3 to Locking Park.

In the second half Locking stopped making the mistakes that lead to conceding goals in the first half and began to dominate the game. The outstanding Ryan Harris got another three goals, the first an effort from outside the box, the second a diving header and the last a lob after the ball fell to him from a Dan Windsor cross.

CES Man of the Match went to captain Harry Hornigold.

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Park go out on penalties to Portishead Caledonian Thistle

Locking Park unlucky to lose in the Knockout Cup on penalties against Portishead Caledonian Thistle.

The game started well for Park with Ash Towler scoring from outside the box after some good work by Chris Green and Ryan Harris. The home side then showed why they were at the top of the league with Locking – scoring twice in quick succession and another before half time to go into the break 3-1 up.

Park were not beaten though and started after the break the quicker. Aidan Dancer made it 3-2 when he was found by another pin-point Ash Towler pass and sliding the ball passed the oncoming keeper. Locking never gave up and in the last few moments a goal mouth scramble in the Portishead box saw Ollie Boyd poke the ball in to force extra time.

Extra time was an even affair meaning the game had to be decided by penalties. There was no sign of nerves and both sides scored the first 5 penalties – Locking Park keeper Matt Huxtable unlucky not to save the first, getting a hand to it but it wasn’t enough to stop the ball. The game was decided in the second round of sudden-death, Aidan Dancer the unfortunate player to have his penalty saved and giving victory to Portishead.

After another stand-out performance, Ollie Boyd was Man of the Match.

Ollie Boyd Man of the Match

Locking Park firsts drop points

Locking Park drop first points in the league in a difficult fixture at home to Wedmore.

The game didn’t start well with the allocated referee not turning up. This coupled with the wind and rain meant the fixture was in doubt until Park coach Damien Bromley agreed to ref the game.

After a late kick off, Locking then took at least twenty minutes to get in to the game. In that time Wedmore took the lead through a mistake by home keeper Aaron Honeywell, somehow letting a tame shot through his legs on 10 minutes.

Park levelled ten minutes later when Mitch Corrick played a through ball which the away keeper missed, the ever-present Chris Green scoring again to make it 1-1. Wedmore took the lead straight from the kick off only for Locking to equalise again. A Ryan Harris cross being nodded in by a Wedmore player – Chris Green leaping with the defender and unlucky not to get a touch.

Park took the lead for the first time via a through ball from Harris for Chris Green to calmly finish. Locking then held on for most of the second half and should’ve come away with all 3 points. But Wedmore piled on the pressure and on 88 scored from a corner to level the game.

A good performance from all in difficult conditions. CES Man of the Match went to Ollie Boyd.

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First win at Nailsea

The first team made it 5 out of 5 in the league with a win away at Nailsea United A.

The first goal was scored by the in-form Chris Green curling in a shot from outside of the box on 11 minutes. Nailsea bought the scores level on 35 but Locking responded immediately, captain Harry Hornigold dancing through the home defence and smashing a shot past the keeper to make it 2-1.

In the second half Nailsea made it 2-2 on 55 minutes but once again Locking replied a minute later. Mike Green looping a pin-point free kick into the box for Ollie Boyd to head onto the bar, Chris Green tapping in the rebound.

Quality performances all round, pick of the bunch being man of the match Mitch Corrick.

Man of the Match Ryan Harris

First team unbeaten league run continues

Locking Park first team continued their great start to the season with a 2-0 home win against Portishead Town A.

Park started the game playing into the wind, but it didn’t stop them attacking, Ash Towler floating balls upto strikers Ryan Harris and Chris Green to chase. The break-through came on 30 when Harris was put through, poking passed the on-rushing keeper and finishing confidently from a slight angle.

Locking made it 2-0 just before half time with Ryan Harris playing down the wing to the hard-working Aidan Dancer who put a ball across the box to Chris Green to slot away.

The second half was a more closer affair, with Mitch Corrick unfortunate not to cap a solid performance with a goal. But Park held on to make it 4 out of 4 in the league.

Man of the Match went to Ryan Harris for a characteristically great performance.

 

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# Player Match Rating Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Somers Counsell40000
Mike Green40000
Russell Carter 30000
Mitch Corrick50000
Aidan Dancer50100
Ryan Harris71000
Joe Pearson50000
Jack Poole50000
Chris Green51000
Ollie Boyd50000
Ash Towler40000
Aaron Honeywell40000
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.