NO SPRING BOUNCE FOR LIGERS
By Neil SINCLAIR
U13s suffered successive 2-3 reverse at balmy Lincoln Field
Ligers suffered a successive 2-3 reverse, their first back-to-back defeats of the season. Having beaten Marlow United in the Cup at the start of the month, Ligers expected to improve their League position with a follow up victory, but United had other ideas. On a gloriously warm and sunny morning, it was possibly the conditions as much as the opposition that undid the home team.
Lincoln Field will never be included in references to England’s green and pleasant land, in fact the FA may be embarrassed to learn that it is a home for any of the country’s young talent. Where the bounce can often be unpredictable and wingers require scuba gear before heading for the bye-line, the hard-baked surface induced high and long bounces, a nightmare for both sides but on this occasion particularly for Ligers, who have not been averse to the odd airshot even on the wettest grass.
Ligers found themselves behind after 10 minutes, Edward Fisher again finding the net for United and he has now scored in all three contests this season. Ligers were relatively unphased by the set-back but were sadly profligate in front of goal, mostly missing it rather than troubling the keeper. Nevertheless, a striker of George Lee’s ability is not going to be denied indefinitely, and goals from him and Dylan Tomlinson eased Ligers ahead with less than half-an-hour played.
Sadly, Ligers were unable to maintain the ascendency, and a Connor Chaplin goal sent the teams into half-time all square. It was possibly against the run of play but Ligers had only themselves to blame.
The second half was an even affair in terms of possession and territory but Ligers seemed to be suffering in the balmy conditions. The running and perseverance of much of the season seemed to be lacking so when Joshua Brzezicki scored a third goal for Marlow, there was never going to be a way back for Ligers.
It was a disappointing result for the home side and results elsewhere have plunged them down to 9th place, just a point ahead of next week’s opponents, Wokingham & Emmbrook Wolverines. However, a strange week of results means that the runners-up spot is still achievable if Ligers can win all their remaining games.