Table prior to Kick Off
A string of top-class saves from Sam Roberts kept Blackhorse at bay after Alex Carl squeezed his shot past the Blackhorse keeper to put Lokamotiv ahead. A domination of possession kept Lokamotiv on top and Ali Jones missed several chances to double the lead.
Going into the break Lokamotiv looked the much better side, creating the most chances and controlling the game. Unfortunately due to missing key players like Johnny Waters and Laurence Ford, Lokamotiv were lacking in fitness (and substitutes). In the second half, things took a turn and Blackhorse equalised due to some sloppy defending from Rob Jones. They continued to pile on the pressure and had plenty of shots at the keeper, but Roberts was proving impossible to beat.
In the closing stages of the game, Lokamotiv resorted to pumping the ball forwards - Reece Crowhurst and Callum Funnell pushing on to support the stranded Jones. Against the run of play, Lokamotiv created a corner which proved to be the decisive moment. A dummy run to the back post and a quick change of direction shocked the Blackhorse defense as Carl drilled in the ball for Jones to volley home past the keeper.
A win could lift Simmonds off the bottom this week on goal difference and may provide the confidence that they have lacked so far this season.
Goals: A. Jones & A. Carl
Player Ratings (out of 10): Roberts (11), Crowhurst (9), Funnell (9), R. Jones (2.5), A. Carl (9), A. Jones (9)