a-bot-team cruised into the Second Round of the Hattrick English Cup last night with a convincing 5-0 thumping of West Irons United.
a-bot-team – West Irons United 5-0
Steve Ramsay grabbed a brace, Scott Hardiman, Ryurik Izmestiev and Olivier Moreau also finding the net.
“It was a real morale-booster of a result”, claimed Malcolm Warren afterwards. “After our promotion, there was an air of anxiety in the dressing room, and a win today was the great help”.
He added, “It was a real boost for the club as a whole and helped focus us again ahead of Saturday’s league opener.
a-bot-team’s reward for the win is a Second Round home tie to Teddington Lightenings, demoted from league III.15 after loosing the qualifier.
Things started to get back to normal at Nobodys Stadium after the team returned home from friendly No.3 and No.4 of the “between seasons” trainings camp.
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano F.C. – a-bot-team 2-4
abt came from behind twice to turn everthing around in the second fourty-five minutes and win 2-4 in the return match with Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano F.C.
Glenn Munn-Giddings scored the equaliser in the first-half before Boliviano took the lead again one before the break.
Stephen Kealey, Lucas Hoyland and Steve Ramsay were the scorers in a great second-half as abt showed there class, giving the home side no chance.
Savanah – a-bot-team 1-8
Anton Carter had a great game, scoring three times in the 1-8 hammering over Savanah.
For the second match running, abt turn it on in the second-half hitting the back of home sides net five times between the fiftyfourth and the eightyfirst minutes.
In a short statment, on their way to the airport, coach Warren said “Even though my team were clearly controlling the game, leading 1-3 at half-time, they were goal hungry and played an excellent second-half” also “The pre-season preperations were rounded off with these last two, very successfull, friendlies. From here on we will be taking it match by match, not knowing what lies ahead.”
a-bot-youth-team stayed on top of their league, winning convincingly 5-0 against Jilted Generation.
They took control of the game straight from the start and, like the reserves, turned on the style in the second-half, scoring four times.
After winning the championship a-bot-team played their first of four test matches at home to Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano F.C. from Palestine followed by one of three away games by F.C. JU29RO in Cape Verde.
a-bot-team – Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano F.C. 4-3
It looked like the after season party was to much for them, abt went 0-3 down within twelve minutes. Coach Warren was furious and he let the eleven players on the field know it. abt pulled two back before the break, Lucas Hoyland and John Martin the scorers.
Newly promoted Stephen Kealey reopened the scoring in the second-half, levelling things off. Anton Carter scored the winner three minutes later.
F.C. JU29RO – a-bot-team 8-0
Five days later a-bot-team was taken apart by F.C. JU29RO in Cape Verde.
“Out of the question the worst performance of the season” said Warren, “Things can only get better.”
Two more matches have been arranged, 21-09-2016 the return match in Palistine against Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano F.C. and 24-09-2016 another away match in Angola with Savanah.
In the mean-time, back at home, the new youth season has started.
a-bot-youth-team won their first game 5-2. It was a very balanced match, abyt used the chances they had and keeper Jeffrey Hogan made some brilliant saves, keeping the Little Knights from Trinidad & Tobago at bay.