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CSKA 3-2 Braunstone Park (Friendly) Close Encounter for Mods Ends in Victory

Friendly Fixture
Date: Sunday 08 August 2021
Venue: Rawlins Stadium
Referee: Stefan Calarasu, Leics

CSKA Carnabys battled do twice come from a goal down to snatch a late winner in this epic friendly match.

Brad Parker replaced the Covid stricken Danny Chapman up front, whilst Sean Brown and Gaz Walker’s returns made the defence seem a bit more familiar. Jack Lucas was making his first appearance of pre-season, whilst Ruben Capp replace the injured Adam Gent in midfield. Liam Kennedy started in goal with Augustus also a Covid victim.

Braunstone Park, having led Division 3 prior to Covid19 shutdown in December, played with fantastic tempo and pacey forward movements left The Mods side struggling to cope at times. 

The visitors took the lead early in the second half with a rebounded attempt bundled home after 20 minutes. An injury to Nathan Tate in the first half forced manager Jon Brice into a change in system, Sean Brown paired up with Ruben Capp in central midfield, and Connor Williams came on at right back for his first appearance in a CSKA shirt. And the youngster wasn’t phased at all by the occasion, making last gasp saving tackles on several occasions as Braunstone Park kept finding space in behind.

CSKA found an equaliser just before the break, Dave Payne’s ball into Brad Parker saw him lift it over the goalkeeper, and feeding Chris McCafferty to tap it in from close range.  

 

The visitors retook the lead early in the second half with a low struck shot past Kennedy. But CSKA persevered and kept playing out from the back via Kennedy, and creating openings against a tiring side. Tate and McCafferty returned to the field having been giving a rest, with the latter delivering a corner for the former to head past the helpless goalkeeper who perhaps should have done better.

 

The winner came with just minutes left on the clock, Dave Payne winning the ball in midfield and bursting through to slide it past the keeper to make it 3-2.

 

A superb match and a great test for CSKA. Plenty of minutes for everyone in various positions on the pitch. Youngster Connor Williams was awarded Man of the Match on his first outing for keeping the scoreline respectible in the first half especially.

CSKA next up will host Leicester Town on Sunday 15th August. 

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