There was only one game that took place this weekend in the SportsReach football league, with runaway leaders Great Ecc facing a Loko side buoyed by their recent victory last weekend. Both Fulwood vs. Quernmore and Wray vs. Moorlands were called off due to the weather.
Great Ecc 11 – 2 Loko
Dridi 1, 49, 84, Lavender 16, 43, 70, 83 Booth 17, Gibbons 30, 85, Parker 87 // Rodwell 25, Allwell 65
This game had the potential to be a banana skin for Great Ecc if they weren’t at their best, following Loko’s strong performance last week against Quernmore. However, Great Ecc soon put any of those concerns to bed, scoring in under a minute through new man Houssem Dridi. Soon after that, Great Ecc trebled their advantage, scoring twice in two minutes, firstly through Will Lavender and then through Richard Booth. A dream start for Great Ecc – 3-0 up after 20 minutes. It was a similar feeling for Loko as last week – they too had gone 3-0 up after 20 minutes verus Quernmore. Loko soon battled back into the game, grabbing a goal back through the ever reliable Brad Rodwell, firing home for the away side in the 25th minute. However, the revival was short lived as soon after that Bill Gibbons netted upon his return to the side. 4 – 1 after 30 minutes. Great Ecc continued their charge in the first half and Lavender grabbed his second of the game and Great Ecc’s fifth after a well worked goal. Half time and 5-1 to Great Ecc. A dream half for Great Ecc!
Into the second half and, much like the first, it wasn’t long before they netted again. 4 minutes into the half and Houssem Dridi scored. 6-1 and Great Ecc were running riot. The game went into a lull for a short period, neither side scoring for nearly twenty minutes. In a game filled with goals it was a surprise that neither side scored! Loko did pull a consolation back though, through Allwell, in the 65th minute, making it 6-2. This goal made the game really come to life and in the final twenty minutes there were a further five goals scored, through another two from Lavender, another from Bill Gibbons and Houssem Dridi and one more from Toby Parker. It shows again why Great Ecc are the runaway leaders, with so many players on their team able to score a couple of goals every game, including four goals in four minutes – incredible goal scoring! The game ended 11-2 to Great Ecc.
Next weekend, there promises to be some very good games, with Wray vs. Quernmore, Loko, hoping for an easier game than this week, facing Fulwood and Great Ecc facing Moorlands.