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Newlands battle back for Kenward win

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After the Kenward Cup dust had settled at Queensgate on Sunday morning, Newlands emerged victorious by a 5-2 scoreline.

This is despite opponents Klosters giving them a real run for their money, though Newlands had just enough in the tank to haul themselves over the winning line.

Stand-in boss Hughie Brown was full of admiration for his players after a gruelling 90 minutes.

He said: “We didn’t come out of the blocks in the first half, we just couldn’t get anywhere near George Rose, but we changed the formation around and that did the trick.

“Klosters could have won it in the first half, but we got together at the break and the lads decided that they had to do something about it.

“We put three across the middle of midfield, Kristian Johnson was exceptional, but I though Kile Fields shaded the man of the match.

“I thought we just shaded the second half, but they could have fought right back into it had they put away a few of their chances.”

On a pleasant Sunday morning Klosters made a powerful start to the tie and they could have taken the lead in the opening minutes when Lee Luntley hit the bar with a swirling free-kick.

Rhys Howell’s men did step in front soon after, as Carl Townley’s weak volley was spilled by keeper George Elliot, the attacker kept his composure to convert from two yards.

Frustration was etched on the faces of the Newlands players, and that was mainly due to the fact that they were struggling to capture the ball from a fluent Klosters.

It was to become the stereotypical game of two halves though, with Newlands coming out from their half-time oranges a completely different team.

Lee Cappleman restored parity when he converted a low Luke Delve cross, then Jordan Mintoft rose well to flick the ball past a stranded Matty Scott in the Klosters goal.

Klosters were still right in the affair and they were unlucky not to level when Elliot held Sam Garnett’s dipping volley.

Newlands responded again though, scoring two quick-fire goals to stretch the lead to 4-1.

Ben Luntley spun to net at the far post, then Ryan Cooper rolled into the net to seemingly put the tie beyond Klosters.

The losing side soon rallied though when Liam Vasey bundled home after an error at the back and in the seconds that followed, George Rose whipped a shot over the bar when the box was packed to the rafters with Klosters teammates.

Newlands retort was swift though, and they sealed the silverware when Jack Hakings rolled a free-kick into the bottom corner past the vanquished figure of Scott.

Picture by Steve Lilly

 

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