FOOTBALL: Coningsby Reserves squander chances in defeat to Westside Rangers

Martyn Lynch (right) lunges into a slide tackle during Coningsby Reserves game against Westside Rangers

Martyn Lynch (right) lunges into a slide tackle during Coningsby Reserves game against Westside Rangers

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Coningsby Reserves rued a number of missed chances as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Allan Barker Field against Westside Rangers.

Both sides were suffering from a Christmas hangover, evident in the opening exchanges as the teams took time to get settled into the game.

Rangers scored the only goal of the match on 25 minutes after taking advantage of some poor defending from the home side.

Coningsby’s defence was pushed up leaving two forwards to take on the Red’s ‘keeper after a long ball was played up field.

The strikers played a one-two leaving an open goal and an easy finish.

In the second half the quality and speed of the play noticeably improved.

Coningsby had a number of scoring chances, including a free kick and a penalty, but couldn’t make them pay.

The visitors also missed a number of chances as the game wore on but managed to hold out for the win.

The Reserves remain in 10th place in the Boston Taylors Service Garages Division Two but have three games in hand over a number of teams in the league.

Coningsby Reserves welcome top of the table Friskney to the Allan Barker Field on Saturday.