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Roos lose opener


ROOS FC finally got their first taste of league action last Saturday, following their walkover awarded the week before, but they were beaten 4-3 at Skirlaugh, on what was an excellent playing surface.

There was a problem ahead of kick-off with no referee assigned to officiate the match all week leading up to the game and Roos would like to thank Chris from the home side for taking up the thankless task and in all fairness, he did a pretty good job and Roos certainly had no complaints and had only themselves to blame for the reverse.

The visitors also had major selection problems with both recognised goalkeepers unavailable, a number of players away in Dublin, and they had to play Cam Maplebeck in goal, despite the centrehalf visibly struggling with an ankle injury.

Stu Campbell made his official Roos debut and Ciaran Collins also returned from Withernsea, along with another former Roos player Phil Good, who took his place on a three-man bench. With captain Connor McKinley away in Ireland, Ben Littleproud was handed the captain’s armband and Roos made the perfect start.

Having played Skirlaugh teams for a number of years Roos knew that they were in for a tough battle, but they took the lead in just the second minute.

Sam Huteson sent a fine ball out to Jack Bristow on the opposite flank and the youngster squared the ball to Collins inside the Skirlaugh box and although his first touch was not the best, he still had time to rifle to ball home into the roof of the net.

Skirlaugh went close to levelling things a couple of minutes later but Campbell made a fine clearance off the goal-line and a player following up fired over the crossbar.

Roos then almost doubled their lead on six minutes. Ben Ledger and Huteson linked well to find Collins on the edge of the penalty area but his goalbound strike was superbly tipped over the crossbar by the home keeper.

For some reason, Roos suddenly appeared to lose the momentum and the hosts began to get on top. The warning signs were there on 14 minutes as a strike from distance clipped the outside of Maplebeck’s left post and moments later, Josh Goldspink collected a loose ball 20 yards out and crashed home the equaliser.

On 19 minutes Josh Biglin was on the end of a decent Roos move but fired over the bar from 20 yards before Maplebeck was forced into making an excellent save as the home side started to press.

A superb run from Littleproud on 25 minutes went unrewarded as a Skirlaugh defender made an excellent block. Campbell was in the right place at the right time to snuff out another attack before Roos went close on the half-hour mark with Bristow firing a rasping drive across goal that was matched by an outstanding save.

With 37 minutes on the clock, the home side went in front with a complete fluke. Huteson was robbed of the ball in the corner and as the ball arrived at the feet of Josh Barrett, he sent over a cross that deceived Maplebeck in flight and it somehow drifted into the far top corner for 2-1.

Roos were suddenly at sixes and sevens, with a surprise lack of effort at times just inviting the hosts forward.

Having discussed the ‘problem’ at the break Roos needed to strike first at the start of the second half and and Dominic Read was perfectly placed to find the back of the net. Roos looked a beaten side as some of the home players relaxed but on 85 minutes the game was back in the melting pot as a deep cross from Collins found Campbell in space and he displayed some of his undoubted class with a superb first touch that was accompanied by a powerful strike that gave the Skirlaugh keeper no chance. Sadly, for the visitors, they could not carve out another opportunity and the home side were able to see the game out to secure the three points. Roos will kick off their home campaign against Hodgson AFC this coming Saturday. With Max Watling-Precious still recovering from a broken wrist Danny Collinson will take over in goal. The manager will hopefully have all of the boys back from Dublin available, but Ben Littleproud, Dan Smith, Sam Huteson and Cam Maplebeck are all early absentees.five minutes in they had a half chance as a poor clearance gave Huteson the chance to level matters with the goalkeeper out of position, but his strike from wide out drifted past the far post, much to the delight of some members of the home touchline.

On 55 minutes a long ball over the top found Barrett in space and he was able to advance before calmly steering the ball past Maplebeck for 3-1.

At this point Roos manager Les Sennett made two changes, replacing the strangely subdued Huteson and Ash McKinley, who had worked his socks off despite struggling with a knee injury, with Good and Chris Blanchard moving into the back four, allowing Littleproud to move into midfield and Campbell going up top.

The changes seemed to have the desired effect almost instantly as on the hour it was 3-2 with an early contender for goal of the season. Littleproud picked up the ball on the right before cutting inside and smashing the ball into the far top corner from all of 25 yards; a truly outstanding strike.

Roos were back in the game and the action became a bit more evenly balanced with chances coming and going at either end.

Skirlaugh wasted a great chance to regain their two-goal advantage on 73 minutes as a player broke free before setting up a team-mate but Blanchard did enough and Dec Precious, who had a strong game at the heart of the Roos defence, was on hand to clear up. As the game entered the last 15 minutes Bristow was denied by the home keeper before the tireless Dan Smith tried his luck from 30 yards, but his shot was wide of the target. On 76 minutes, it was 4-2 as the Roos defence failed to clear the ball from inside their own box

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