Locking Park bounced back from a disappointing cup loss last week in emphatic fashion, winning 6-0 at home versus Wedmore.
Park drew first blood on 14 minutes. Jack Poole chasing a long ball down the right flank and putting a pin-point cross into the box to Aaron Blakemore who headed home well. Wedmore dug in for the rest of the half and the score stayed 1-0 until half time.
Locking started the second half well, Blakemore getting his second on 60 minutes smashing a left footed shot passed the away keeper assisted by Kev Cosham. Ten minutes later the front two of Blakemore and Ryan Harris combined well to put Harris through for his first of the game. Harris doubled his tally on 75, finishing from a looping a ball to the back post from Kev Cosham. Cosham got his third assist on 85, a ball down the left finding Aaron Blakemore to curl in a lovely right footed shot to seal his perfect hat-trick. Harris then completed his hat-trick on 88, once again assisted by Kev Cosham.
An outstanding team performance performance from Locking Park to get through to the Semi Finals of the Atwell Shield. CES Man of the Match went to Aaron Blakemore, closely followed by Ryan Harris and Kev Cosham.
Locking Park Reserves won away in an exciting match versus Worle Rangers.
Worle scored in the opening 5 mins with a free kick bang in the top corner, giving keeper Zac no chance. James Bromley headed in a Joe Down corner to make it 1-1. Locking took the lead after a Joe Pearson free kick was parried by the the goalkeeper only for Jordan New to half-volley into the open net.
In the second half a set-piece curled in from Down found Will Poole, who header home to extend Locking’s lead. But after a bout of Worle Rangers pressure they bought it back to 3-3.
Back-to-back free kicks saw Joe Down cooly slot into the bottom corner to put Locking ahead once again. After more pressure from Worle Rangers to push for the equalizer, they missed some clear chances and young keeper Zac pulled off some impossible saves to keep Park in the game. With 5 minutes to go Will Poole slipped through the Worle Rangers defence to put the game to bed with his second.
An impressive hard-fought performance by all players. Man of the Match went to Will Poole.
Locking Park 1 – 3 Milborne Port FC
The first team were unfortunate to lose in the Somerset Junior Cup at home to Milborne Port.
The game started well for Park, taking the lead after Taye George crossed in for Dan Nunes to beat the keeper at the front post. The away side equalised almost immediately and it was end-to-end stuff for the rest of the half.
Milborne Port took the lead and Mike Bollard was unlucky to have his equaliser disallowed. But with Locking pushing on in the second half the away side scored their third to put the game beyond Park.
For a quality performance that kept Locking in the game in the first half, stand-in keeper Aaron Honeywell was named CES Man of the Match.
Locking Park first team started the season with a dominating 6-0 win at home versus Nailsea United A.
Park started brightly and were 3 nil up within 12 minutes. The first goal from Matt Hollow, controlling a Jack Poole cross nicely and slotting passed the away keeper. The second goal was made by the same two players, this time Hollow putting Poole through and a shot-cum-cross finding it’s way between the keeper and the near post. The third was a solo effort from Ryan Harris, nicking the ball off a defender and finishing one-on-one with the keeper calmly.
The fourth goal came on 30 minutes, Mitch Corrick setting up Mike Green for a confident finish. Captain Harry Hornigold got on the score sheet next, hustling the defence and putting the ball passed the out-of-position keeper.
Nailsea came back into the game in the second half, reducing the number of chances Park had and making a few of their own. But the sixth and final goal of the match went to Locking again, new signing Riyomi Konowani winning a penalty that Ryan Harris converted.
A great start with players new and old showing there’s a lot to look forward to over the coming season for Locking Park. CES Man of the Match went to Riyomi Konowani for a top class performance.
Banwell Reserves 3 – 3 Locking Park Reserves
Locking Park Reserves fought back to draw away against local rivals Banwell Reserves. A great result for new manager Eric George’s side, after they lost to the same opposition preseason 5-1.
Dan Hunt scored for the reserves but they went into the break 3-1 down. An amazing comeback saw Joe Pearson scoring two – one a free kick Ronaldo would’ve been proud of (his words) – and James Bromley was unlucky not to nick it for Park at the death. A decent start for the reserves and sign of things to come, Man of the Match went to Dan Williams.
Locking Park first team won away against Wedmore to extend their unbeaten run in the league.
In difficult conditions the start of the game was a bit scrappy, but Park took the lead on 18 minutes through goal machine Chris Green. Mitch Corrick ran through the middle, passed to Green who curled in a brilliant opening goal. Ten minutes later it was 2-0, playmaker Ash Towler hitting one from the edge of the box which lobbed over the home keeper. Wedmore got one back just before half time after a push in the area was penalised by the referee, converting the resulting penalty to make it 2-1.
In the second half Park started brightly, going 3-1 up after a Harry Hornigold through ball found Chris Green who controlled and finished calmly. A minute later Hornigold got another assist, getting the ball on the right, hitting a ball across the box for Ross Radford to tap in. Ten minutes later Hornigold deservedly got on the score sheet, after a break from Radford to Chris Green who passed across the box to find Hornigold who made it 5-1.
Park looked to be cruising but Wedmore weren’t going to just rollover, getting back to 5-2 on 58 after good play through the middle and converting a one-on-one. The home team pressed on getting two more goals making 5-4 before the final whistle was blown.
An exciting game with lots of goals showing the best and worst of Locking Park this season, and taking nothing away from Wedmore. CES Man of the Match went to the ever-present and hard-working Mitch Corrick.
Locking Park extended their unbeaten run in the league to 7 games with a comfortable home win against Uphill Castle Reserves.
The game started well for the home side when a Chris Green pass was flicked on by Ryan Harris to Aidan Dancer who tapped passed the keeper on 14. Uphill responded quickly though and it was 1-1 two minutes later. Park made it 2-1 after Harris powered through the opposition defence and smashed a left footed shot passed the oncoming keeper. Although Uphill once again equalised, this time through a penalty given away after Mike Green handled on the line.
The first half had a crazy finish with 3 goals in 5 minutes. The first for Locking Park, Harry Hornigold finishing from another Chris Green through ball. Uphill were next to score to again level the game only for Park to have a penalty awarded, Hornigold bought down in the area. Chris Green stepped up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to finish the half 4-3 to Locking Park.
In the second half Locking stopped making the mistakes that lead to conceding goals in the first half and began to dominate the game. The outstanding Ryan Harris got another three goals, the first an effort from outside the box, the second a diving header and the last a lob after the ball fell to him from a Dan Windsor cross.
CES Man of the Match went to captain Harry Hornigold.
Locking Park unlucky to lose in the Knockout Cup on penalties against Portishead Caledonian Thistle.
The game started well for Park with Ash Towler scoring from outside the box after some good work by Chris Green and Ryan Harris. The home side then showed why they were at the top of the league with Locking – scoring twice in quick succession and another before half time to go into the break 3-1 up.
Park were not beaten though and started after the break the quicker. Aidan Dancer made it 3-2 when he was found by another pin-point Ash Towler pass and sliding the ball passed the oncoming keeper. Locking never gave up and in the last few moments a goal mouth scramble in the Portishead box saw Ollie Boyd poke the ball in to force extra time.
Extra time was an even affair meaning the game had to be decided by penalties. There was no sign of nerves and both sides scored the first 5 penalties – Locking Park keeper Matt Huxtable unlucky not to save the first, getting a hand to it but it wasn’t enough to stop the ball. The game was decided in the second round of sudden-death, Aidan Dancer the unfortunate player to have his penalty saved and giving victory to Portishead.
After another stand-out performance, Ollie Boyd was Man of the Match.
Locking Park drop first points in the league in a difficult fixture at home to Wedmore.
The game didn’t start well with the allocated referee not turning up. This coupled with the wind and rain meant the fixture was in doubt until Park coach Damien Bromley agreed to ref the game.
After a late kick off, Locking then took at least twenty minutes to get in to the game. In that time Wedmore took the lead through a mistake by home keeper Aaron Honeywell, somehow letting a tame shot through his legs on 10 minutes.
Park levelled ten minutes later when Mitch Corrick played a through ball which the away keeper missed, the ever-present Chris Green scoring again to make it 1-1. Wedmore took the lead straight from the kick off only for Locking to equalise again. A Ryan Harris cross being nodded in by a Wedmore player – Chris Green leaping with the defender and unlucky not to get a touch.
Park took the lead for the first time via a through ball from Harris for Chris Green to calmly finish. Locking then held on for most of the second half and should’ve come away with all 3 points. But Wedmore piled on the pressure and on 88 scored from a corner to level the game.
A good performance from all in difficult conditions. CES Man of the Match went to Ollie Boyd.
The first team made it 5 out of 5 in the league with a win away at Nailsea United A.
The first goal was scored by the in-form Chris Green curling in a shot from outside of the box on 11 minutes. Nailsea bought the scores level on 35 but Locking responded immediately, captain Harry Hornigold dancing through the home defence and smashing a shot past the keeper to make it 2-1.
In the second half Nailsea made it 2-2 on 55 minutes but once again Locking replied a minute later. Mike Green looping a pin-point free kick into the box for Ollie Boyd to head onto the bar, Chris Green tapping in the rebound.
Quality performances all round, pick of the bunch being man of the match Mitch Corrick.