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Carnabys Felled Away 3-1 Defeat at Judgemeadow

League Fixture
Date: Sunday 17 October 2021
Venue: Judgemeadow
Referee: Keith Middleton, Leics

CSKA’s recent resurgence in form suffered a blow as they succumbed to a sobering defeat on the road this weekend against CFA. In wet, windy and sodden conditions the team fought hard but were eventually second best as they were left frustrated in front of goal, losing 3-1.

 

Going into the match it was never going to be easy for the Mods as they were far from full strength. With Gareth Walker and Adam Gent ruled out through injury, Jack Westley, Miky Garcia and Andres Garcia were also unavailable. Hiran Mistry passed late fitness test and a first start for Ruben Capp in the centre midfield helped ease the injury woes.

 

A Frantic opening few minutes saw Dave Payne burst into the box. His appeals for a penalty were waved away as he was brought down. The first of many frustrating moments for the Mods. CFA then had the majority of possession and chances, with one glaring opportunity blazed over from close range.

 

A blow for CSKA on 15 minutes as Hiran Mistry unfortunately limped off after stretching for a loose ball. He was replaced by Andy Pettitt.

 

As the first half drew to a close CSKA could just not find a way through on goal, as opposition defender Connor Williams was proving to be impossible to get past with some excellent last ditch recovery tackles. 0-0 at the interval.

 

CSKA had an awkward start to the second half, as a slew of mistakes and let-offs lead to CFA taking the lead. Sean Brown’s misjudged header ended up in the path of a CFA striker, who lifted it over Augustus on 50 minutes.

 

CSKA responded well as Nathan Tate had a great chance to equalise when one on one with the goalkeeper, but was tackled at the very last minute. This promising play was then dealt a blow as CFA doubled their lead; a fortunate strike from the right wing deceived everyone as it nestled into the bottom corner. 2-0

 

It was after that that CSKA seemed to finally be in the game, Dave Payne almost replicated the same goal at the other end from the kick off, however his effort was just inches wide. Brad Parker was then introduced and almost immediately made an impact slipping a beat pass into Chapman, but the marksman couldn’t find a way through. Despite their second half fight-back CSKA just couldn’t test the goalkeeper.

 

With 10 minutes to go there came hope in the form of a free kick. McCafferty’s effort from the edge of the box flew past the keeper to make it 1-2.

 

The closing moments were the most frustrating for the travelling side. McCafferty and Parker picked up yellow cards as the Mods fought to break down the defence for that illusive equaliser.

 

The game was put to bed in stoppage time in cruel fashion, a mistake in midfield allowed CFA in to score a third.

The game finished 3-1 to CFA. On the back of two victories expectations were always going to be high. But between the injury hit squad and torrid conditions that favoured the hosts’ style of play, the odds were always stacked against the Mods.

 

While it wasn’t a vintage CSKA performance, the team showed moments of grit and quality that on another day may have seen them get a more positive result. Jon Brice earned another Man of the Match award for his efforts. On to the next fixture.

 

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