St Lawrence FC v Nomads Association FC – Saturday 8th May 2021 – Bitchet Green Sports Ground

A Sevenoaks & District Premier League Match played on a cold, windy May afternoon at Bitchet Green Sports Ground.
The league table showed St Lawrence in second place and Nomad’s Association two points behind, in third place, at the start of the match.
The Bitchet Green Sports ground, provided a picturesque setting for today’s match.

This was my first visit to St Lawrence’s home ground and as I arrived on a cold and windy afternoon I hoped that the rain would stay away, so that an entertaining game could ensue. As I arrived, the teams, with St Lawrence in sky blue and white striped shirts and Nomads Association in green and white shirts with green shorts, were taking a minute’s silence to honour an ex St Lawrence player, who had sadly passed away recently.

A minute’s silence.

On 5 minutes, Nomads Association took the lead, when a shot from a corner squeezed itself under the keeper.

The first goal

For most of the first half, the Nomads side had the wind behind them and the advantage of the slope. The game was closely fought, although Nomads created the clearer chances.

St Lawrence attack in the first half.
The Nomads defence and goalkeeper stay strong under pressure.
First half header

With just 3 minutes to go before half time, St Lawrence won a free kick on the edge of the box. A clearly hit shot struck the wall and bounced back and this coming just before the half time break, ensured that St Lawrence reminded Nomads they were well and truly still in this match.

Final action of the first half.
Nomads at half time.
St Lawrence at half time.
The second half kicks off.

St Lawrence had the wind and the slope, behind them in the second half. They launched attack after attack and yet could not get the crucial goal they needed, to level the match.

St Lawrence attack, foiled by a good save.
Nomads defended well, under intense second half pressure.
Two high quality clearances by the Nomads’ keeper.

St Lawrence used the wind and the slope to their advantage and attacked solidly for 20 minutes without securing the equaliser they needed. The effort they put in to drawing level left them vulnerable to counter attack and on 65 minutes the Nomads Association team pulled two ahead with a fine headed goal following a corner.

Nomad take their opportunity to make the game safe, with a two goal cushion at 0-2.
Neither side gave up.

Just three minutes later, a foul by the keeper in the penalty area gave Nomads the chance to go three up.

A penalty is awarded.
Nomads convert the penalty for 0-3.

Even with the game at 0-3, St Lawrence would not concede and continued to push into the final ten minutes, for the consolation goal they deserved.

Final St Lawrence attack.

Sadly their efforts did not bring a reward today and at the final whistle Nomads’ players walked away celebrating a win, that lifted them above St Lawrence, into second place in the table.

The final whistle.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. John Sawh says:

    Hope you had a wee dram to keep the cold at bay:)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mattbritt69 says:

    Sorry John…..it wasn’t too cold… just when the wind blew in the second half!!

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