King's Derby provides a 10 goal thriller!

Life Church Utd 5-5 Mosaic They may have only played three competitive games ,but it’s fair to say Life Church Utd don’t do dull matches after playing out a thrilling 5-5 draw with Mosaic. After giving up a 5-3 lead, United will feel it was two points dropped, but the visitors to their credit showed why they are top of the league early on by staging a battling comeback. Life Church who were playing in their all new navy strip started the game in positive fashion. They adapted well to a new 5 at the back formation which allowed the wing backs to provide some more width. United took the lead on 3 minutes after working the ball down the right and Craig Bird continued his goal scoring touch after converting from James McLaughlins cut back. Mosaic gradually started to come more into the game after this early set back and by half time had turned the game on its head thanks to a couple of goals on the half hour and 40 minute mark. After their early composed start it was the hosts that needed half time to allow them to re group. And after a couple of heart in mouth moments for the home side, which included a goal being harshly ruled out for handball and an excellent last ditch tackle from Jacob Morris, they sprung back into life and scored three unanswered goals. Firstly, Morris, made sure his tackle counted for something when he burst down the right and put in an inch perfect cross that substitute Josh Bentall duly volleyed home. Then just minutes later Cairns’ side were back in front when, Morris, again causing all sorts of problems down the right finished cooly into the bottom corner. The home side smelt blood at this point and increased their lead with Joe Cowley finishing in off the post for his 5th of the season. All of this had happened in an action packed 15 minutes. You had the feeling this contest was not going to see the end of the scoring and so it proved. Mosaic who had previously won their first two games 5-1 and 6-1 respectively, fought back with a powerful shot from Brad Williams after a cross was only half cleared. United didn’t have to wait long to get their two goal lead back when minutes later Cowley got his second of the game with a fine drilled finish. Back came the visitors again, showing a never say die attitude and got themselves level thanks to two fine strikes which included striker Jack Kovacs completing his hat-trick. Fellow striker Brad Williams scored Mosaic’s other two goals. Going into the game United would’ve been tempted to say that they would’ve took a draw, especially considering how well Mosaic have been playing. United captain Jonah Birkett who had an excellent game in his new left wing back position said afterwards “I would have taken a point at the start, but once we played our football we deserved all 3. Sloppy errors cost us again but we are definitely progressing” Manger Matt Cairns praised his players but also couldn’t hide his disappointment of not being able to claim all three points. “Another quite extraordinary game which if you’re a neural you’d love! For a manager it’s not great for your heart! To have a two goal lead twice in the second half and not claim all three points is very disappointing. In saying that we played some excellent attacking football and looked very dangerous and adapted well to the new system. We just need to learn how to look after the ball more, especially when in front. Fair play to them (Mosaic) for battling hard when it seemed the game was getting away from them, getting a point against them is something we can still be proud of” United now lie fifth in the league after a win, draw and defeat in their first three games. They now have a week off to re group before visiting HERC Saints on October 3rd. Results elsewhere in Div 2: Christ the King Blue 1-2 Coventrians Phoenix St Marks 0-5 St John Fisher 2 Wanderers (Queens Road) 0-5 Lowfors

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