The B-League season got underway at Pingle today as Fairmeadows opened their league season with a defeat and a victory.
An early injury to Sam Thorpe saw the formation change early against St. Edwards but Fairmeadows were still the better team, moving the ball quickly and getting in some threatening positions without troubling the keeper.
Midway through the first half St. Edwards sprang an excellent counter attack, scoring with a sweet finish in the top right hand corner of the goal. Fairmeadows never back up and pressed on looking for the goal that would bring them level. Opportunities fell to Dilraj, Reece Clamp and Luke Blockley with St. Edwards looking panicky. In the last five minutes Fairmeadows created good chances to win the game but the desperate defending of St. Edwards kept them at bay.
St. Edwards went on to defeat rivals Repton in the next game, scoring with the last kick of a dramatic and sapping match to lead the league with a 100% record and 6 points.
In the final match of the evening Fairmeadows played Repton, creating a plethora of chances it was clear that the good advice of Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Reeves had been heeded and the boys played wonderful football that exhausted their opponents. A beautiful layoff by Reece Clamp saw Luke Blockley stroll onto it and smash a wonderful goal into the top corner. Fairmeadows kept playing and looked most likely to score a second. Dilraj hit the post before Luke hit the crossbar. Reece had another chance to score but was muscled off the ball. On a rare sortie forwards Repton earned a corner which drifted over the Fairmeadows defence and was easily headed in by an unmarked attacker.
Not daunted the team kept playing well and made even more chances twice hitting the post before Luke Blockley, who had looked very impressive from midfield, smashed in a shot that was too hot for the keeper to handle and that goal seemed to have settled it.
A harsh penalty awarded against Harvey was missed by Repton, striking the bottom of the woodwork and drifting wide. It was a marvellously entertaining game and the footballing season looks like it could be a real delight for followers of the Meadows.