Sunday 31st March 2019
Charlton Invicta 3-1 Leicester Wildecats
On a day where it was decided that football was more important than Mums, Leicester Wildecats succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Charlton Invicta. After a fairly even first 10 minutes, the home side began to see the better of the play and found themselves having a lot of possession without creating many clear cut chances. Playing with a squad of limited experience, Cats were looking fairly comfortable at dealing with the tricky wing play that Charlton were displaying and limited the opposition to mainly long shots for the opening half an hour. The home side then came close as they saw a clever effort with the outside of the boot rattle the crossbar from a narrow angle. This seemed to provide Charlton with added confidence as minutes later a cleverly threaded through ball split the Cats defence and allowed the right winger to comfortably slot home the opening goal of the game.
This was followed by a second goal before half time, as the striker received the ball and turned well inside the box before curling a well executed (wind assisted) shot into the top corner, scraping the goalkeepers’ fingertips as it went in giving the home side a deserved 2-0 half time lead.
Leicester went into the second half knowing that they could still get something from the game having shown glimpses of attacking promise in the first half, however for the second game running, a strong first half wind had died down and worked in the favour of the opposition. Not wanting to make excuses, Cats continued to try and play their football and looked more disciplined throughout the second 45 minutes. The second half was an even affair with the bulk of the play mainly being in midfield with the occasional attack breaking out at either end without the keepers being majorly tested. Charlton came closest to adding a 3rd on 70 minutes with the winger cutting inside only to fire the ball into the feet of Liam in the Cats goal.
The home side did however add to their tally on 75 minutes. A corner was half cleared by the Cats defence only as far as the edge of the box where the ball was fired back into the danger area only for it to cannon in off the midriff of the towering and somehow unmarked Charlton striker to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Leicester did manage to pull a goal back almost immediately as Mike found Guy with an exquisite through ball which was finished with aplomb to add some respectability to the scoreline.
Cats will be disappointed with the defeat and although it can’t be argued that Charlton deserved the win, a 2 goal margin of defeat was perhaps a little hard on the visitors. Leicester will be pleased to have got some minutes into different players though with an important game against Bristol in the league coming up next week where they will be looking to end their recent poor run of form.
|March 31, 2019||2:00 pm||Friendly||2018/2019|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|