Lincolnshire Intermediate League, Premier Division
Gainsborough Trinity (1) 1
James Walters 9
Sleaford Town Boys (2) 2
Montel Savanho 8, Ryan Smith 44
Trinity's first team manager Steve Housham offering
a few pointers from the touchline.
A swirling wind throughout the game, made playing neat, controlled football, difficult for the players from both sides, but one or two still managed to put in stand out performances that made a difference to the outcome today.
None more so than the Sleaford goalscoring duo of Montel Savanho and Ryan Smith, the latter of who wouldn't have any problems fitting in at a higher level of football already, despite his age.
Indeed it was Smith who created the opening goal for Montel Savanho, when he picked him out on the edge of the box with a slide rule 30 yard pass from the middle of the park.
|Ryan Smith (left) and Montel Savanoh (right)|
Within a minute, James Walters had equalised for Trinity, with a real poachers goal, fired home off the rebound, after the Sleaford keeper had blocked a shot 12 yards off his line.Just before half time, Ryan Smith intercepted an attempted headed clearance 40 yards out and muscled his way into the Trinity box, before knocking the ball home to put the visitors 2-1 ahead.
After the break, clear cut goalscoring chances were at a premium as the game struggled on in the wind ... though Gainsborough did have a lot of half chances from corner kicks and dead balls that amounted to nothing.
But you got the impression that a late equaliser was always on the cards.
Even though they had done enough to win the game early on, I got the distinct impression that Sleaford were more than just a little relieved when the 'jovial' match referee Kevin Booth, sounded the final whistle.