Slice of Cheese

Strikers Back To Winning Ways

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The Devonport Strikers got back on track as they accounted for Kingborough 3-1 at Valley Road on Saturday afternoon. Entering the game having dropped consecutive home games in the league, the Strikers were not going to let that trend continue and created plenty of chances to power the win in an entertaining game.

The Strikers came close to opening the scoring three times in the opening 10 minutes but were denied by a combination of the woodwork and some wastefulness.

On 18 minutes Daniel Jackson made no mistake when he scored an easy tap-in a the back post after being set up by a wonderful cross from Eddie Bidwell.

The lead didn’t last long though as Chris Downes issued an immediate response,  as he curled an effort past Pitchford who had punched the ball clear straight to the Lions star midfielder.

Devonport were looking the more likely side though and quickly answered right back to reclaim their lead. Brayden Mann rose highest from the corner to nod home his 9th goal of the season.

Kingborough then enjoyed their best spell of the game with Danny Cowen causing problems and coming close to scoring before the Strikers extended their advantage further on 37 minutes. A scrap in the box ended with the goal in the back of the net with Jackson the catalyst but not the scorer, with the ball coming last off the Lions defender.

The first half ended with Pitchford conjuring a superb save to deny a Chris Downes free kick, clawing it out of the top corner to preserve his sides two goal buffer.

The second half saw both sides creating prime scoring chances but neither managing to convert one. Twice Daniel Jackson were denied by the woodwork whilst Barnard missed one you’d normally put your house on him scoring. For the Lions, Phil Kantzos should have pulled it back to 3-2 when he fired over the top from close range, but there would be no further addition to the score as it ended 3-1 to the Strikers.

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.