FOOTBALL: Coningsby Reserves blown away by Billinghay

Coningsby Reserves' Danny Cottingham lines up for a cross during the windy game with Billinghay Athletic Reserves. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-151101-180510001
Coningsby Reserves' Danny Cottingham lines up for a cross during the windy game with Billinghay Athletic Reserves. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-151101-180510001
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Coningsby Reserves 0, Billinghay Athletics Reserves 3.

When Coningsby Reserves ran out to greet Billinghay Athletic Reserves for a league fixture on Saturday it was immediately apparent that the major player was going to be the gale-force wind sweeping from one end of the pitch to the other.

Most of the play was in the downwind half of the pitch and the ball was out of play for long periods while being recovered from the furthest reaches of the field.

Just 10 minutes into the game Billinghay’s Brad Walker put a corner delivery neatly away to open the scoring.

Coningsby tried hard to reply, but with the wind against them could not manage to do more than stop the visitors from adding to their tally before the break.

In the second half it was the Reds that had the wind behind them but shot after shot either missed the net or was collected easily by the ‘keeper.

With just 10 minutes left on the clock the Billinghay forwards saw their chance to make a charge up the left wing, defeating the lone defender and goalie for their second.

In the final minute Brad Walker scored again, this time from the penalty spot to push Athletic’s total to three.