Henderson and Rollings are Stoke Lane's aces
ON a fine Autumn morning and under sunny skies, a strong Stoke Lane Colts side comfortably overcame Lockleaze & Horfield A, thanks to two goals apiece from Charlie Henderson and Star Man Tom Rollings.
Stoke Lane started brightly, with Henderson opening out his body just a little too much as he turned Sam Haskins's cross narrowly wide of the far post after some great work by Haskins just a few minutes in.
Stoke Lane continued to press as Lockleaze struggled to keep possession, and on 14 minutes the visitors made the pressure count. Lockleaze failed numerous times to clear the danger from a Stoke Lane throw-in, and eventually the ball fell to Henderson who displayed great technique as he fired the bouncing ball beyond the dive of Louis Du Plessis from just a few yards inside the box.
A short while after, the visitors doubled their lead when Tom Rollings picked up the ball just outside the Lockleaze box, where he dropped his shoulder and beat his man before running into the box and placing the ball past Du Plessis from eight yards out.
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2-0 then became 3-0 after Henderson linked up with Shay Norris 25-yards from goal. Norris cleverly slipped the ball back into the path of Henderson, and the big midfielder strode forward into the area where his effort just had enough power to beat the keeper and trickle over the line before a defender could hook it away. The visitors didn't take their foot off the gas and could have scored three more times in quick succession through Ethan Ansell. Ansell first sent the ball crashing into the post after being teed up twenty-five yards out by Rollings before then being denied by a good block from Du Plessis, and finally having another effort cleared off the line by Lockleaze captain Liam Jordan just moments later.
The resulting corner was superbly swung in by Rollings and was met equally brilliantly by Ansell at the near post, however his flicked effort with the outside of his right boot flew right into the arms of Du Plessis.
Just before half time, Ansell came extremely close once more. Rollings managed to skilfully negotiate his way to the byline where he fired the ball back across goal, however Ansell couldn't quite finish as his front post effort flashed inches wide.
Stoke Lane completely dominated the first half with Lockleaze's only real threat coming through the pace of Jack Lyppiatt. However, Ethan Jones and his fellow defenders had managed to keep the striker quiet, while Henderson, Ansell and Rollings appeared the main threats for the visitors.
Stoke Lane started the second half the way they finished the first, creating chances. Just a few minutes in they came close to adding to their lead when Rollings once again skilfully worked his way to the by-line before cutting the ball back, however Norris was stretching a little and completely missed the ball as he tried to smash it home.
Stoke Lane kept the pressure up and Harvey Lewis thought he'd added to his team's lead when his superb strike of a bouncing ball 25-yards out flew right towards the top corner, but his expression of joy turned to one of pure disbelief as, in a flash of orange, Du Plessis leapt across his goal and unbelievably managed to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Over the next few minutes the pressure simply intensified, but somehow Lockleaze managed to hold out as a multitude of blocks from the defenders and the keeper managed to prevent the visitors from adding to their tally.
However, Lockleaze couldn't keep Stoke Lane at bay forever and with just a few minutes to go Rollings completed his brace. Lewis' 35-yard free-kick was not held by Du Plessis and the Lane playmaker was on hand to turn the rebound into the net from close range.
The remainder of the game was played in the Lockleaze half as they continued to struggle against their dominant opponents who, despite their possession and chances, failed to score again before the referee brought the game to a close.
In the final analysis, it had been a very one-sided affair, Lockleaze never once testing Dan Laver in the Stoke Lane goal.
While the Lockleaze defence of captain Jordan, Joao Dos Santos, Marvin Dinnall, and Vincent Collins were under constant pressure and probably did well to limit the damage to four goals.
Lockleaze & Horfield A: Louis Du Plessis, Joao Dos Santos, Marvin Dinnall, Vincent Collins, Liam Jordan, Matthew Holder, Charlotte Williams, Jason Starzec, Scot Lyppiatt, Robert Ahern, Jack Lyppiatt, Craig May, Shramake Walri, Adnan Farah, Eddy Martin Stoke Lane Athletic Colts: -Kieran Wilson, Harry Collett, Tom Rollings, Ben Donne, Ethan Jones, Ethan Ansell, Sam Haskins, Henry Birt, Harvey Lewis, Dan Laver, Shay Norris, Thomas Wheatley, Charlie Henderson, Ollie Smith