|04/12/2021||11:00||East Berkshire Football Alliance||2021-2022|
RAIDERS INFLICT FIRST DEFEAT OF SEASON ON DIVISION LEADERS WHITEGROVE & WARFIELD
Raiders travelled the short distance to Warfield this morning to play division leaders Whitegrove & Warfield and came away with a fighting 2-0 victory to resurrect their own title challenge.
Raiders started the game slightly the better but were unable to create any clear-cut chances. For their part Whitegrove seemed unusually lethargic and didn’t really threaten the Raiders goal. The game was being played mostly in midfield where Hari was everywhere, breaking up play and on one or two occasions driving forward, but on the whole both defences were able to snuff out any sign of danger. After about 15 mins Whitegrove made a couple of changes and immediately they began to look more dangerous but Raiders held firm. The remainder of the half was played out in similar fashion, end to end but with no real end product, so 0-0 at the break.
When the second half started Whitegrove had obviously switched tactics and in the first minute a diagonal ball played into the space behind Jimbo, led to their pacey right winger bearing down on goal but his shot was weak and Musty saved with his feet. Raiders were conceding free kicks in midfield as they battled to stem the tide but the defence and Musty dealt with them comfortably enough. Finally on 49 mins the deadlock was broken; under no real pressure a Whitegrove defender headed the ball out for a corner. From the resulting Kyran delivery the ball cleared the first Raiders attacker allowing Jack to power a header past the keeper who was unable to react. Two minutes later Raiders were 2-0 up when a Kyran cross sailed over the keeper and into the far corner. For the remainder of the game Raiders battled to maintain their lead with Whitegrove unable to get on the scoresheet despite having two presentable chances. Firstly, the centre forward was put through but shot straight at Musty, then right at the death they had the best chance of the match, the right winger reached the bye line and crossed into the six-yard box where the striker sliding in could only screw the ball wide.
Final score 2-0 to Raiders and a deserved victory. All 12 boys played their part and it was a battling performance from start to finish.