CSKA Carnabys’s season got underway on Sunday but ended in defeat as a competitively fought game drifted away from reach for The Mods.
There was first appearances in CSKA shirts for Jack Westley, Jon ‘Ruben’ Capp in centre midfield and Ash Jones at left-back. Whilst reduced numbers meant that there were no substitutes available.
Despite having the best of the early chances, with Danny Chapman hitting the post, and Jon Brice’s header blocked on the line, it was the home side who took the lead on 20 mins with a swift counter attack from a CSKA corner. And the lead was doubled minutes later after a well worked move across the box resulted in a tidy finish from 18 yards.
Rich Augustus kept the visitors in the game for much of the first half, including a penalty save and a terrific stop low down.
Jon Brice struck a superb half volley from 30 yards to bring CSKA back into the game, before a sloppy backpass allowed Enderby the easiest chance of the game to make it 3-1 before half time.
CSKA started the second half brightly and even scored directly from the kick off with 5 passes ending with a Chapman back post header that beat the ‘keeper only for it to be questionable ruled offside.
Enderby pushed on and scored two goals from set plays to give them a comfortable 5-1 lead.
CSKA stuck at it however, and pulled back goals towards the end, firstly Danny Chapman converted Nathan Tate’s cross. Chapman then added another after Hiran Mistry was chopped down inside the box after some nifty footwork. And then Jack Westley’s presence forced an own goal by the Enderby defender to pull the match back to 5-4.
A fair result all round in the end, CSKA were punished for mistakes that should only be happening in a friendly (if ever!). But there were multiple chances created and 11 players including 3 debutants got 90 minutes under their belts.
Next up for CSKA is the visit of LK United.