Lincolnshire FA Ability Counts Representative v Nottingham

New to this season, Lincolnshire FA have organised through the Ability Counts League Mangers to operate an 11 a-side Ability Counts County…

The Representative team played their first fixture together against a good Nottingham team at Christ Hospital School, Lincoln

 Squad list; (Captain) Kieran Robson (Midtown United), Jack Olivant (Grimsby Town), Nicky Atkinson (Boston United), Callum Brothwell (Lincoln Disability FC), Scott Raybold (Midtown United), Danny Evans (Grimsby), Josh Maund (Boston United), Aiden French (Lincoln Disability FC), Danny Nash (Midtown United), Stuart Melton (Grimsby Town), Dan Stevens (Boston United), Marc Pitchford (Lincoln Disability), Josh Orall (Boston).


With it agreed between the two managers, the game was played in three – twenty minute halves giving both sides the opportunity to make role on role off substitutions providing sufficient playing time for all players.

Having been the first time all players had been put together the LFA squad impressed those on the side-line and the opposition in how organised they was particularly in formation and positions through instructions from off the pitch coaches (Jason Land, Luke Barker & Ernie Land) and very encouraging words on the pitch from captain Kieran Robson.

The first third saw both teams evenly matched, Nottingham coming close with an early effort, as the first period went on Lincoln started to create the better chances coming close shaving the post and denied by the Nottingham goalkeeper on several occasions.
Lincoln’s persistence paid off and the dead lock was broken through Captain, Kieran picking up a loose ball in a scrambled penalty area after a corner whipped in. Another goal was shortly added through a deserved goal for Marc Pitchford taking Lincoln in at the break 2-0 up.

Changes made to both teams, saw some fresh legs come on the pitch and Lincoln picking up how they finished the first half adding another goal to make it 3-0 was Grimsby Town’s young striker Jack Olivant from a great build-up of passes with the last of them being a ball squared into Jack in the box which found him with an opportunity where he couldn’t miss.
Nottingham’s goal keeper was kept busy the whole second third, with Lincoln seeing a lot of the possession and the goal keeper were making some really good saves. A ball intercepted from a Nottingham player also saw their number 7 make a good run in behind with a good opportunity on goal but with work from Nicky Atkinson in Lincoln’s goal and the support of the defence the danger was cleared. Minutes later, Lincoln through some good passing and moving creating another goal scoring opportunity. This time Olivant returning the favour to Robinson who added a 4th before the whistle taking Lincoln in to the break 4-0.

The last third saw more changes to the teams with Nottingham’s goalkeeper putting in a brave performance remaining on the pitch after a collision which saw him make a good save. The last third saw both teams getting a bit sloppy on the ball as time went on which opened up opportunities for both and more changes were made ten minutes into the half, Lincoln regained their rhythm and put together the passes which they superbly demonstrated in the second third. With a few minutes before full-time Josh Maund who had put in a great shift out wide whipping in a cross-shot ball from the right which hit the underside of the cross-bar and bounced around the goal line for Danny Nash to be in the right place at the right time getting the crucial last touch to put the ball over the line to round of a convincible performance from the team making the final result 5-0.

Great performances from all the players not to mention good efforts from Ernie, Jason and Luke on the day to get the team set-up. Big thanks also go to Nottingham for making the trip to us and giving us a good game.         


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