Warren believes today’s showing from his a-bot-team players demonstrated that the team have improved in their mental approach to playing Turkeys and praised their team spirit.
a-bot-team – Turkeys 3-1
It took the home side all of 10 minutes to open the scoring with Luka Burns putting abt ahead against a Turkeys side that looked caught in the headlights. Courtesy of the midfielder’s sloppy pass in the centre of the park, abt’s Alan Gold-Spink flew down the left flank before proceeding to pick out his captain on the edge of the visitors’ box. Instead of trying his own luck, the captain nodded the ball along to the waiting Burns who caught the bouncing ball on the volley to make it 1-0.
With the bit between their teeth, abt pressed on and it didn’t take long for Ryurik Izmestiev to once again threaten down the left, his a well-rehearsed corner curled towards the far post where Darren Barnes’s hard but accurate header made it 2-0. After 32 minutes into the game the home side had comprehensively stamped their authority on the game.
With momentum in their favour, abt´s began to find their form. With a free-kick outside of the Turkeys box in the 60th minute, Izmestiev fired the ball into the box with an excellent delivery that kept Björn Duv fixed to his line, but Goatsemodime Magolego saw his volley fly wide of the mark.
The game heated up as both sides created their fair share of chances throughout the remainder of the first half. With 20 minutes to go before the end, as Amilcare Fratangelo dashed up the middle, easily lobbing the ball over the home team’s keeper.
After 83 minutes, abt sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. In what looked like a well-rehearsed move, the ball was headed backwards and reached Freddie Hillman, who had plenty of space and time to place a well aimed shot, 3-1.
Turkeys gave a-bot-team a lesson in finishing at Turkeys Stadium this evening firing home five goals without reply in to an emphatic 5-0 home win.
Turkeys – a-bot-team 5-0
Despite having the lion’s share of possession, abt were incapable of finding a way through the Turkeys defence, and went down to two first half and three second half strikes.
Turning to the performance in general he said, “It’s frustrating and disappointing that we lacked the guile to create an opening, and that’s clearly something we’ve got to work at”.
“Turkeys were very strong in defence and they worked very hard. They were happy to let us knock the ball around and hit us on the break, but we lacked an incisive cutting edge, and that’s where we’ve fallen down”.
He continued, “We’ll have to change the tactic and the line-up a bit before we go into the next game, on Sunday at home to Turkeys” .
Anthony Riddle gave the visitors a 0-1 lead after 44 minutes with a superb strike from the right. StrChild evened the score thanks to a confidently taken penalty by Aldo Pedone.
Riddle it was that made it 1-2 for the visitors, out wide on the left, where he found himself unchallenged and able to receive a fine through pass. The keeper came out to narrow the angle but not quick enough to cut the attacker off completely as he slotted the ball past him into the back of the net.
Giampaolo De Geronimo cleverly connected well to a pass from the right leveling things off again 3 minutes from time. 2-2 being the final result.
abt´s reserves travel to ZoomBy from the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) for another international away friendy.
That will be the 26th away flag collected so far.
We are hoping for a return match as soon as possible.
Newly promoted a-bot-team moved into second place after hammering THE WHITE SILENCE 4-1.
a-bot-team – THE WHITE SILENCE 4-1
abt eased past THE WHITE SILENCE at Nobodys Stadium this evening thanks to a superb first half performance which saw them go into the break 3-0 up.
abt got off to a great start when Alan Gold-Spink fired home to open the scoring after only three minutes.
After a thirty-eighth minute Scott Hardiman goal the players could sense victory and six minutes from the break it was 3-0 as Goatsemodime Magolego knocked the ball under the advancing keeper.
Although the visitors pulled a goal back in the second half, there was never any danger of a sustained fightback. Malcolm Warren scored four minutes later to give them that three goal lead as abt moved one point clear of the visitors.
“We’ve perhaps played better in other matches, but this was an important win for us”, said Warren at full-time.
“We’ve now have a one point gap between ourselves and the third and fourth placed sides which means we can´t concentrate on chasing the leaders without having to look back over our shoulders”, he added.
Two goals in the first-half, Calvin Tonge and Robert Moon, and three in the second-half, John Ryan, Lyle MacDonald and Calvin Tonges second of the day, secured second place for a-bot-youth-team.
The team is in a six point sandwich, three points behind league leaders, atletico sbarrti, and three points in front of third placed Little Knights.
a-bot-team reserves are off to Algeria, still looking to complete their flag collection despite no longer being a Hattrick-Suppoter.
Missing countries: see link below.
Flag we still need