Stand in Lordswood boss is pleased with shock opening day victory
manager Paul Piggott away on holiday, Lordswood produced the shock result of the
opening day of the Go Travel Kent League season with a 5-2 victory at promotion
favourites Thamesmead Town at Bayliss Avenue on Saturday, writes Stephen
over the reigns for the game, and for Wednesday’s clash at North Dane Way
against tenants VCD Athletic, Barry Zillwood was delighted with the performance
of his side – rated by many as a team that will struggle this season.
said: “It was a convincing win. To
be truthful, I would have thought Thamesmead were the title favourites, but we
went there looking for the win and played extremely well.”
took the lead in the 18th minute when Mike Cunningham’s 20-yard
free kick was pushed inside the full-back for debutant Scott Bucklen to run
onto, driving the ball past goalkeeper Steve Northwood and into the net from an
is a late arrival at Lordswood and has taken his chance well after impressing in
the midweek pre-season friendly against Chatham Town.
Seventeen-year-old goalkeeper Jake Slade made his debut after being snapped up from Gravesend & Northfleet and experienced players Andy Skinner (Whitstable Town) and Richard Bradbourne (Maidstone United) brought the youngsters through the game.
Town, however, equalised only six minutes later when Curtis Williams received
the ball and passed wide to Sam Thomas, who again, from a tight angle, shot
through Slade’s body.
the 38th minute, controversy reared it’s ugly head when Lordswood
took the lead.
Andy Doerr, who appeared to be at least two-yards offside, latched onto Bucklen’s through ball and when no flag materialised, coolly slotted home from ten yards.
the 62nd minute Lordswood increased their lead when Bradbourne on the
left passed to Bucklen who scored from 20 yards.
visitors made sure of the points in the 70th minute when Andy
Skinner’s throw found Sean Hetterley inside the area and he ran onto and shot
from an acute angle finding the far corner.
Thamesmead grabbed a second goal in the 75th minute when a corner
into the six-yard box was headed in by former long serving Beckenham Town player
however, rubbed more salt into the wounds of Paul Blade’s players, scoring
their fifth goal in the last eleven minutes.
long ball was chased by Doerr, and after holding off a defender he lobbed
bemused Northwood from fifteen yards.
delighted Zillwood admitted: “To be truthful, I haven’t seen much of the
pre-season and I am helping Paul Piggott out for the two games.”
about Scott Bucklen, Zillwood added: “Scott played against Chatham in a
pre-season friendly on Wednesday night and he looked lively, so we thought we
would throw him in at the deep end.”
will be hoping it’s two wins out of two on Wednesday when they host tenants
VCD Athletic at North Dane Way.
said: “We get on quite well with them, with a little bit of banter between
saw Martin Ford (VCD manager) last night and I think it will be interesting.
have had the upper hand over us in the last couple of seasons – so hopefully
it will be a win for us.”
however, played down ideas he had an influence on the team’s opening day
victory, insisting Piggott should take credit and not him.
admitted he will fade into the background when Piggott returns for next
Saturday’s game against Tunbridge Wells, said: “In fairness, these are
players that have come through the youth teams – I have been involved for a
number of years so it’s not new to me.
credit to Paul – he has got the players he wanted for the squad.”
the start of last season, Lordswood sat proudly at the top of the Kent League
summit, but fell to the wayside for the remainder of their campaign.
however, is pleased that their result at Bayliss Avenue has issued a wake up
call to member clubs that his club aren’t in the league to make up the numbers
and flirt with relegation.
said: “I’ve looked at the websites and they have said we will be fighting
start with a win will give us a lot of confidence – who knows, let’s hope it
added: “The score was 5-2 – it could have been more!
am disappointed with the two goals we gave away.
brought a new goalkeeper in, he was with Gravesend last year.
was playing his first game. There
wasn’t the understanding there, but there will be in a few weeks time.
as the game went on, he improved.”
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