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Dev. Team

City Development 1 Foxton 2
Posted by Chris Hale
May 4, 2019, 20:13

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It was a disappointing end of season game for the City youngsters when an empathetic misalignment with the referee resulted in one city player being sin binned for 10 minutes and three other City players receiving their marching orders after being shown two yellow cards.

It had promised to be an entertaining encounter between the experience of the visitors and the panache and pace of the home side, and for much of the game it was.

City withstood an early onslaught from Foxton and, with the pace of Jude White, Bobby Friel and Harry Farrow, always looking dangerous on the break.

City had been defending well but a momentarily lapse allowed Foxton to take the lead in the 18th minute.

It looked as though City had equalised when, from the re-start, they were awarded a free kick 30 yards out. Jude White took the kick which was tapped down from under the bar by the keeper. The onrushing Harry Farrow was there to put it in the net, but the referee adjudged there had been a foul on the keeper and disallowed the goal.

When in possession City always looked dangerous and were creating some good attacking moves, but unable to get the ball in the net.

An equaliser looked imminent, but they had to spend the last ten minutes of the half with ten men when the influential Rob Scrutton was sin binned.

Half Time: City Development 0 Foxton 1.

The second half saw City pressing for the equaliser. Bobby Friel crossed well for Harry Farrow, but his shot was just wide of the post. The goal finally came in the 60th minute when a City corner was not properly cleared. It was sent back into the box and Victor Garcia made it City 1 Foxton 1.

City celebrations were cut short when, before re-starting the game, the referee showed Ricardo Green a 2nd yellow card, apparently for something he said, and City were reduced to 10 men.

Foxton stepped up their game and City, now a man down, found themselves under pressure, Foxton were awarded a free kick just outside the city box. The kick cleared the wall and pulled a spectacular diving save from Brad Green in the City goal.

At the other end Chris Racher won the ball out on the right and put through for Harry Farrow, his chip shot not only beat the keeper but just cleared the bar.

Foxton were using their extra man to keep the pressure on City, but the defence held firm, with Harrison Horton in midfield looking particularly strong, but City suffered another setback with 10 minutes of normal time left when Will Evans, slipped, fell, and handled the ball as he fell. After consultation with the linesman, the referee decided the handball was deliberate and Will became the 2nd City player to see a 2nd yellow card.

City were now on the backfoot but a succession of outstanding saves from keeper Brad Green kept Foxton out.

City still looked dangerous on the break. Jude White had an amazing mazey 80 yard run down the left, causing panic in the Foxton defence and selling several dummies on route, finally crossing for Harry Farrow whose shot was just wide of the post.

It was deep in injury time when Jude again broke down the left, this time cutting inside but tripping over his own feet on the edge of the box. The linesman initially flagged for a City freekick, but the referee decided that Jude had 'dived' awarded a kick to Foxton and showed Jude his 2nd yellow card.

City were now down to 8 men and frantically defending, but now vastly outnumbered, and frantically appealing for offside, Foxton finally managed to get the inevitable winning goal.

The re-start was followed by the final whistle.

Final score: City Development 1 Foxton 2.

A disappointing outcome and lessons to be learnt, but positives to take from the game. In particular the performance of young Brad Green in the City goal and the fact that, even when greatly reduced in numbers, the City youngsters didn't let their heads drop but continued to try and play attractive, entertaining football.

City Team: Brad Green, Ben Steele, Ricardo Green, Will Evans (C), Victor Garcia, Rob Scrutton, Finn Cater, Harrison Horton, Harry Farrow, Bobby Friel, Jude White.

City Subs (Both used): Morgan Cogman-Wright, Chris Racher.

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