Victory for Lemsford against local rivals Tansley
PUBLISHED: 09:23 09 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:29 09 August 2012
LEMSFORD got their pre-season football fixtures off to a winning start with a tight victory over newly-formed Tansley FC.
The win seemed to be a formality after a convincing first 45 minutes which saw Lemsford come in just 2-0 up after missing a host of chances.
On a zippy surface Lemsford played the nicer football from the outset and were rewarded for a positive start with a fantastic goal inside the first five minutes.
Neat work on the right from Robert Guinan and Alex MacDonald opened up some space for debuant Errol Rayner who cut inside on his left foot and unleashed a rocket in to the bottom corner to make it 1-0.
Tansley goalkeeper, and former Lemsford number one Johnny Shearer, stood no chance.
Rayner then could, and probably should, have doubled his and his side’s tally when he skewed David Morris’ drilled low cross wide when in front of goal, and Alex MacDonald was presented with an equally good opportunity when he latched on to Adam Taylor’s long goal kick to go one on one with Shearer only to fire right at him.
The pressure continued from Lemsford and it wasn’t long before the deserved second goal arrived.
Morris burst away from his markers and his cross was tipped away from Rayner’s head by Shearer who in turn almost put the ball into his own net, the ball clipping the bar and going out for a corner.
The Tansley goal was living a charmed life but this changed when from a corner, MacDonald ran on to Morris’ whipped set-piece to plant a thumping header in to the back of the net.
Changes were made at half-time and the initiative seemed to be with Tansley in the second half as they produced a far more spirited performance.
Taylor was suddenly the busier of the two goalkeepers, producing a string of fine saves before another former Lemsford player, Ian Cunningham, beat him with an untidy effort that still none the less halved the deficit.
Despite piling on pressure with numerous amounts of corners Tansley couldn’t find the equaliser and Lemsford ran out winners.
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