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Poor second half display sees Roos crash

out of the League Senior Cup


FOR THE second match in a row, Roos FC were beaten by a team from a higher division in a cup competition, this time losing 4-1 to County Premier side Driffield Junior Football Club Academy in round two of the League Senior Cup.

The match was switched to the 4G at Withernsea High School with the pitch at Roos deemed unplayable after a midweek inspection and after a closely-contested first half which ended 0-0, the visitors took the lead early in the second half and would dominate the next 30 minutes as they took control of the game with three further goals; Dec Precious’ late strike a mere consolation at the end of a disappointing afternoon for the hosts.

Manager Les Sennett had numerous changes to make from the side beaten 4-3 at Easington United in their previous game, with Max Watling-Precious, Stu Campbell, Ben Littleproud, Bob Eldon-Smith, Jack Bristow and Cam Maplebeck all unavailable, but it gave other players the chance to stake their claim for a place in the match-day 14.

Driffield looked fit, well organised and had a couple of players with genuine pace. The opening five minutes or so were keenly contested with both sides trying to play football and Roos had the first chance to open the scoring seven minutes in, but Josh Biglin’s shot across goal clipped the outside of the far post.

Three minutes later Ciaran Collins was given a ticking off by the referee for a late tackle on the speedy and talented Josh Petre, who would prove to be a thorn in Roos’ side all afternoon.

13 minutes in, leading goal-scorer Harvey Dixon tried his luck with a decent strike from 20 yards, but Danny Collinson in the Roos goal, pulled off a fine save.

Less than 60 seconds later Roos should have taken the lead. A rapid break resulted in a fine one-two between strikers Precious and Liam Murrey but with the goal gaping from 10 yards out, the former could not make decent contact with the ball and the chance was gone.

The action was end to end and on 23 minutes Collinson produced an excellent save to deny Luke Flanagan and having cleared the subsequent corner, Dan Smith’s superb ball sent Murrey away down the left but his cut back pass to Precious was agonisingly just out of reach.

Biglin then shot straight at visiting keeper Marc Wain from the edge of the box before Dixon sent in a rasping drive from all of 30 yards that Collinson did well to save.

Lucas Sneddon found Precious in space with a sublime pass on 28 minutes, but the striker lost control and the chance to attack was lost.

Two minutes later Precious had claims for a penalty waved away after another excellent pass from Collins and on 32 minutes, a poor clearance by Collinson presented Dixon with another half-chance but the Roos shot-stopper recovered well to make a fine save diving low to his right.

Two minutes later Smith teed up Sneddon, but he took a touch too many and was dispossessed and a swift Driffield counter was halted by Chris Blanchard who made an outstanding block at the other end.

A late tackle by Thomas Whiting on Smith gave Roos a free-kick in a dangerous area five minutes before the break, but nothing came of it before Dale Wain fired horribly over the bar for Driffield when well placed.

Precious was cautioned two minutes before the interval for a poor challenge on Liam Fraser. Patience was required at the start of the second half but just 60 seconds in, a poor clearance by Blanchard was punished as Whiting picked up the loose ball and lashed it past the helpless Collinson.

Driffield appeared to gain a lot of confidence from taking the lead and but for a great tackle from Jack Todd, they would have doubled their lead on 53 minutes. However, they only had to wait two minutes to extend their lead. A poor pass backwards on halfway from Murrey only found Jason Barnes and the striker strode onto the ball and fired it home for 2-0.

Ben Ledger and Ash McKinley replaced Blanchard and Sneddon on the hour mark with a couple of positional changes made, but Driffield had their tails up and they continued to have the better of things as Roos struggled to create further chances.

Tom Richardson replaced Phil Good as Roos went with three at the back as they desperately needed to get back into the tie but with 20 minutes left Collinson was forced to make another excellent save, before Smith was cautioned for bringing down Petre in full flight as he looked set to break clear.

With 75 minutes on the clock the game was all but over as Fraser did well to hook a ball back inside that looked destined to go out for a goal kick, giving Ryan Calvert a close-range tap-in for 3-0.

Two minutes later the visitors scored the best goal of the game as Petre caused havoc in the Roos ranks with a mesmerising run at speed. He then laid the ball off to Dixon who curled a sumptuous shot into the far top corner from 20 yards that gave Collinson no chance.

With 10 minutes remaining Fraser was booked for a clumsy tackle on Connor McKinley and it was not going to be Roos’ day as Richardson started a move down the left that presented a chance to Collins, but although his shot from the edge of the area was on target, Wain saved comfortably.

Biglin was felled 35 yards out seven minutes from time and Collins’ superb strike was heading for the bottom corner, but Wain scrambled across goal and turned it round the post. Smith sent over a decent corner and as the ball fell at the feet of Precious, he found the back of the net via a deflection to give Roos a crumb of comfort.

Roos were soundly beaten on the day by the better side and the manager will have to make another raft of changes this weekend with several players absent as they go to Beverley to face Hodgson AFC, looking for a league double having won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the start of last month.

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