CSKA Carnabys moved up to 3rd in the table this weekend with their 4th victory of the season. A first half double procured all three points on the road against FC Tumar.
After an under-strength squad were swept aside by CFA last time out, there was a bit of a reshuffle of the XI going into this fixture. Manni Rai earned another first team call-up this week, playing in centre midfield alongside Nathan Tate. Jack Westley returned to the side having missed the last four games, slotting in at left back to allow the dynamic Jack Lucas to move into midfield. Brad Parker started up front for the Mods for just the second time this season.
CSKA started on the front foot, with McCafferty causing plenty of problems for the home side. His long ball up to Parker in the first minute led to a decent shot that went wide. Minutes later McCafferty again pounced on a poor cross-field pass, but his first time effort was well blocked by the keeper.
20 minutes in and CSKA’s superior play was rewarded. McCafferty’s in-swinging corner was met by Tate. His effort was blocked but Jon Brice was on hand to pounce on the rebound to make it 1-0 to the Mods.
10 minutes later it was 2-0. The Tumar defence were unable to cope with a trademark run from Dave Payne. He then played in Parker to tap home CSKA’s second. It was too easy for CSKA.
It was the Mods’ organisation, communication and discipline that made it easy. Jack Westley meticulously man marked Tumar’s main threat, effectively removing him from the game. Connor Williams was once again in fine form with his recovery tackles. The midfield remained solid and controlled. On the rare occasion Augustus was actually tested, the windy conditions weren’t causing him any problems.
CSKA kept their discipline in the opening stages of the second half, fully aware of the how games can swing after the interval. They switched to a more conservative style, keeping possession and taking less risks going forward. Brad Parker was pivotal as he held the ball up and constantly closed down defenders, the hosts never had a chance to settle and impose themselves on the game. Dave Payne was always an outlet for any pressure and continued to be a danger on the counter.
As a result, the second half was one of few clear-cut chances; the best of which for CSKA was a free-kick in the last minute on the edge of the box. Unfortunately, McCafferty’s effort ended up somewhere in the Meadows. Full time FC Tumar 0-2 CSKA.
Brad Parker won the Man of the Match award for his efforts up front and a well taken goal. The result moves CSKA up to 3rd place and the Mods will host Black Dog Oadby at the Rawlins Community Stadium on Sunday. In their last clash the Mods came out on top, keeping Oadby on a tight leash, but with a host of players already ruled out this match could have a lot more bite.