Nomads Report of the Floodlit Cup game

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Nomads Report of the Floodlit Cup game

Post  RTFC Barmy Army on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:47 pm

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Hellenic Floodlit Cup
Tuesday 8th September 2009

Reading Town (1) 3
Oxford City Nomads (0) 1

There can be no complaints from Nomads as the better team beat them on the night. Nomads’ much changed side had no real answer to Town’s strong and accomplished performance.

Nomads fielded a much-changed side with Mark Jones taking the opportunity to look at several players who had not featured so far. This meant that there were four debutants and several positional changes. The recast defence struggled to cope early on but Town’s wayward shooting meant that the Nomads goal was not seriously threatened.

Although Town had more of the pressure, the first clear-cut chance fell to Nomads, as Mark Janes was sent through after a crisp passing move, but Town’s keeper Grace came out smartly to save.

Reading took the lead just before half-time. Lenny Sackey appeared to be chopped down just inside the opposition half; the referee seemed to be playing advantage even though Reading had the ball. Clark broke away and, although Duane Wiley saved well, Clark squared the rebound for Lewis to score.

Just before the hour mark, Reading increased their lead. A free-kick was awarded for a seemingly innocuous challenge just outside the area despite the referee being a good 60 yards from the incident. Indecision and confusion reigned as the officials did not seem to know what to do and Nomads took an age to form a wall. Parfitt did not let this affect him as he stroked home the free kick.

It was not clear whether Joel Meade had been booked before the goal. This became significant as he was shown the red card ten minutes later, either for a second bookable offence or for a straight red – either way the challenge was nowhere near as bad as several others in the game. Mark Jones was sent from the dugout in the ensuing confusion.

By this stage the game was over – Town had gone three up through Lewis two minutes before – but ten-man Nomads then produced their best spell of the match. Denel Thomas, impressive as sub, scored with a well-placed shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, and Nomads could have added a second.

There were quite a few plus points in this display, most notably in that Nomads’ heads never went down. It is tiresome to have to criticise officials, but when they do not seem to know what is going on, it is difficult to see how anyone else can.
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