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Hung, Braun and Quartered Mods Humbled

League Fixture
Date: Sunday 12 September 2021
Venue: Grove Community Hub
Referee: Matt Blaney, Leics

CSKA’s bright start to the season was brought to a grinding halt as a first away trip of the season ended in defeat. On Sunday the Mods followed up their 4-3 victory last week with a humbling 3-1 loss against Braunstone Park.

 

When the two sides clashed in pre-season, it was CSKA who came away with a narrow victory, but without a full-strength squad the away team’s chances of taking all 3 points looked slimmer this time round.

 

Manager Jon Brice was forced to rotate his squad after the victory against West End. Chris McCafferty was ruled out with a calf injury, whilst Hiran Mistry, Jack Lucas and Sean Brown were also unavailable. Brice himself and Adam Gent both passed late fitness tests. The shuffling of the pack meant an unfamiliar formation with Parker and Chapman up front in a 4-4-2 formation; with Dave Payne coming back to play in his old left midfield position.

 

The desiccate pitch was far from ideal; both sides struggled to string passes together and find momentum in the opening stages of the game.

 

CSKA adapted the better, Jack Westley’s strong interception and neat passing exchange with Dave Payne allowed for him to swing in a deep cross to Andy Pettitt, who took a touch to control before blasting it past the keeper with the defence completely AWOL.

 

CSKA however failed to capitalise on Braunstone’s poor start and instead began to allow the home side back into the game. Several clear cut chances for the hosts were denied by quick reactions from goalkeeper Augustus and a great challenge from defender Connor Williams.

 

Unfortunately their actions merely delayed the inevitable. A surging run down the right flank saw a low cross bobble across the awful surface past the defence and home side equalised at the back post.

 

2 minutes later things went from bad to worse. A mazy run past Brice and Walker and then a cheeky scoop over Augustus turned the game on its head. 2-1. Andy Pettitt had a great chance to equalise before half time, but his shot was plucked wide by the outstretched hand of the Braunstone goalkeeper.

 

CSKA were slow to start the second half and a risky back pass to Augustus was poorly cleared, gifting a golden opportunity for a Braunstone third which they duly converted.

There was no coming back now as the Mods appeared consigned to defeat. The latter stages of the game descended into a scrappy affair. A series of stoppages and poor challenges saw 2 yellow cards for the home side. Midfielder Adam Gent caught the worst of it, but the scrapes shouldn’t rule him out of the next game.

 

The match ended in disappointment at 3-1. Player-Manager Jon Brice took the Man of the Match award, but there was no reason to celebrate. The capitulation at the end of the first half, and the lack of any kind of response in the second raises serious questions for the team.  Will they find answers for the next fixture? 

 

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