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Croston Report

AFC Liverpool got their pre season off to a winning start with a 5-0 victory away to Croston Sports last Saturday, but the success was marred by a serious injury to Joe Gibbons.

Despite the heavy rain in previous days the pitch was in great shape and although it was a warm sunny day the temperature was only around 16 degrees so the conditions for playing football were perfect.

The Reds could not have got off to a better start, John Lawless slotting home after three minutes and then Adam Waterhouse’s cross from the left going a little astray and deceiving the keeper by floating into the net in the tenth minute.

With Paul Moore having managed to retain most of last season’s squad it was a free flowing Reds side who were familiar with each other and creating attacks at will. Mukhtar Mahama was full of confidence switching flanks and Lawless being an older head on the field to guide those around him.

Steve Williams was dominant in midfield and James Buckley, playing in an unaccustomed left back position with Darren Torpey being unavailable, did not disappoint in his role. At the back captain Steve Corris and Jack Sinnott provided a steady partnership and new keeper Carl Williams (ex Runcorn Town) was rarely called into action.

There was a massive blow though five minutes before half time when Joe Gibbons, back at AFC after a year away, was the victim of a heavy tackle that led to him staying down. Physio Luke Davies soon realised the seriousness of it and made him as comfortable as possible, with the game being delayed for 45 minutes whilst an ambulance was called to take Gibbons to Preston Hospital. Doctors there have confirmed that there is a break to the fibia and tibula with an operation being required.

With the game being a friendly the final five minutes of the first half weren’t played and the second started at about 430pm, Mahama soon making it 3-0 to the Reds with a shot that beat the keeper at his near post. On the hour Buckley had a shot across the face of goal that went just wide and soon afterwards Rob Lamont’s clever run and curling shot nearly shaved the post.

Despite the fact the game was a friendly and one Reds player having already suffered a broken leg, Croston continued to adopt a physical approach, with an off the ball elbow incident taking place that wasn’t seen by officials.

As expected Moore made a number of substitutions during the second half but these didn’t interrupt the flow of the game, which was all one way traffic. In the 77th minute Lamont got a deserved goal to make it 4-0. The build up to the goal started a moment earlier when Buckley’s free kick hit the post and was cleared away for a corner. From this Chris Williams hit a low drive that was cleverly backheeled into the goal by Lamont. He then completed the scoring five minutes from time converting a cross by Dutch teenage sub Jordy de Witt.

Croston 0-5 AFC Liverpool

Lawless, Waterhouse, Mahama, Lamont (2)

Attendance: 60

Team: C Williams, Gibbons (Wilkinson), Buckley, Corris, Sinnott, Groves, Waterhouse (C Williams), S Williams (Picton), Madden (Lamont), Lawless, Mahama (de Witt).

Report by Steve Horton.

Photo courtesy of Dave Williams.


Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  July 15, 2012         Popularity:  1,367 views

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