Leicester City Men's 2s started off strongly in their first ever league game, against Barton on Saturday 19 October, considering being a player down from a full squad. With Dan Fathers opting to go in goal and the rest taking a 3-4-2 position on the pitch. It was a debut for half the team with it being Ryan’s first-ever hockey match.
City started off on the back foot in the first half spending most of the time around their own D but only conceding late into the half. Dan was kept busy in goal and did a great job keeping the ball out of the net on several occasions. There was a great effort by Robbie at the back keeping the defence together along with Henry and Luke forming a strong back 3 for the match.
City managed to keep the score at only 1-0 to Barton up to half time.
Despite being 1-0 down City started the second half with all guns blazing and had many attacking opportunities thanks to the team work down the right wing by Henry, James and Ryan.
With many short corners given away to Barton, the captain of the day (Luke) received DOTD for a deliberate two footed stop just outside the D giving away a short, but was let off because he looked tired. Despite the defences best efforts Barton put away two more goals.
City were eventually rewarded for giving it 110% with a goal by Mo on his debut match. Achieved by some great 1-2 passing and opening up play within the D, Mo was easily able to smash the ball past the keeper.
Even with City giving it all they had left and the supporters on the side line practically jumping onto the pitch with encouragement, the game stayed at 3-1 till the end. The team definitely deserved more goals for how much effort they put in and for a new team who had just met each other that day, they should be proud of their performance.
MOTM - Dan & Robbie
DOTD - Luke
Squad: Dan Fathers (GK), David Dorey-Rodriguez (debut), Ethan Pittham, Henry Young, James Francis, Luke Hardy (C), Mark Baggott, Mo Hussein, Robbie Spencer and Ryan Breward McReynolds (debut)
Next week the side play Nottingham Players 4s away from home, 5pm pushback