Hazel double but Raiders still lose

Axholme Raiders 2

Discoveries Safer 4

THE Raiders were to play the second of the Discovery teams in as many weeks in this Jack Kalson U15s league clash at Westwoodside.

The game had an even start to it with both teams sharing possession but not really creating many clear chances.

Ryan Watchman was back in the defence starting line up along side Coggan, Hobson and Walker, and with keeper Whiteley they looked pretty comfortable with the few chances their opponents were creating.

The first Raiders chance fell to Hazel, who after good work from Young saw his shot saved by the away team’s keeper.

The Raiders were pressing forward and another chance was soon in coming, central midfielders Hicken and Burr worked the ball wide to find Tuplin who cut inside only to see his effort wide of the far post.

The breakthrough came from the Raiders, and it was Hazel who hit the sweetest of strikes with his left foot from outside the box to give the Discovery keeper no chance, 1-0 to the home team.

The game was still an even affair with the Discovery boys pressing on for the equaliser, and after a move down the left the ball was wiped in low and hard and as Young tried to prevent the ball reaching the opponents forward he could only turn the ball into his own net to level the score.

With half time approaching the away team were awarded a free kick, the opportunist forward decided to hit the shot from distance Whiteley had it covered, but the ball spun loose and sneaked over the line to give a half time score of 2-1 to Discoveries.

The opening 10 minutes of the second half was all Raiders, pushing forward at every opportunity to try and level the game.

A free kick taken by Hicken was floated in and the Discovery defence failed to deal with it, it went through them all and hit the far post, Vernon was there to challenge but was bundled to the ground and a penalty was awarded.

Hazel stepped up and coolly placed the ball into the net for his and the Raiders second goal. All was to play for now, and the home team were just about on top, a Tuplin free kick found Cuthbert on the edge of the box his flick on went through and hit the outside of the post.

Smith had shown good strength and pace to break through the Discovery defence assisted by Andrews.

With the game looking like it could be a draw the away team found extra energy and pressed for a winner, Whiteley again was having to be brave diving at the feet of the away team’s forwards and after that made a fantastic one handed save at full stretch to keep the game level.

Harvey had to clear off the line and both he and Hobson were defending strongly in the late stages.

Burdett came on at right back and was soon in the thick of things as the Raiders were doing their best to hang on. A late breakaway saw the home team concede and it looked like the game was going to slip away from them.

Victory was sealed for Discoveries after a free kick was hit around the Raiders wall and went in off the post.

Final score 4-2.

Raiders man of the match Sam Hobson.