Forest Hills Reserves suffer first defeat

2014-06-19 00:00

FOREST Hills’ Reserves suffered their first defeat of the season last Friday in the PDFA League, losing 2-1 to Fynnlands in a match played at Forest Hills.

It was a busy week for Forest, with the 1st side and the Reserves also playing Brettonwood Old Boys (BOB) on Tuesday evening.

Forest’s Reserves battled to get into top gear against their Fynnlands counterparts and were soon two goals behind and with all the work to do after some poor defence proved costly.

With nothing to lose, they pushed forward in the second half and managed to pull one goal back when Giovanne Alexander found the net from a Dean Lezar.

Forest could have snatched a point near the end but failed to hit home after a one-on-one with the Fynnlands keeper missed the target.

The 1st team restored order with a 3-1 win, also against Fynnlands, the visitors again being first on the scoreboard when a ball squared into the box was picked up and slotted home.

Re-grouping quickly, Forest came back hard through two quick goals, one a brilliant effort from in-form striker Blair Thompson who turned and shot home, the other banged past the keeper from the penalty spot by Jeff Oliver after Thompson has gone down in the box.

Enjoying the advantage going into the second half, Thompson bagged his second goal of the night after a deft one-two with Ryan Boreham saw the Fynnlands defender beaten, allowing Thompson to unleash from outside the box with a powerful, precise and spectacular strike.

On Tuesday night, BOB were the opposition in chilly conditions as Forest’s Reserves looked to return to winning ways. In an up and down first period, neither side threatened and going into the second half still at 0-0. The match petered out to a 0-0 draw with both sides gleaning a point for their efforts.

In the 1st team meeting, BOB came out with purpose in a physical encounter that did not disappoint those who braved the cold night air.

Forest started briskly, dominating possession and territory but they had nothing to show that counted, the final pass all too often missing the mark and going awry. BOB nearly went ahead before the break, Forest kept in the game with a superb reflex save from keeper Luke McCann.

BOB took control early in the second half but the hosts finally broke through when Thompson shot into the bottom left corner with his weaker right foot after a good ball from Ngcebo Mabuza.

Oliver could have sealed it but his effort was snuffed by the BOB keeper. Seeming certain of victory, Forest let things slip in the final three minutes when a mix up between McCann and his defenders allowed BOB to equalise and take a share of the points.

This weekend, teams in the league enjoy a break with Forest preparing for their derby against neighbours Highway United on June 20.

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