Azzurri 5-3 Langtoft
By Raphael Frascogna
ICA end 2018 on a high
ICA Sports FC match result, sponsored by Seven Hair and Body
Manager Frascogna commented:
"Wow, we always seem to have an extreme of weather when we play Langtoft and this match continued that trend.
"We chose to go against the wind fist half and the Vikings made the most of the chance to play direct into their number 8, who had an unacceptable amount of free space and scored fairly early into the game.
"The long ball should have been dealt with by us but it was still a great finish from Steve Jucikas, whose quality I am familiar with from our time together last season at Oakham.
"We equalised after some good wing play and a tidy finish from Lewis, but then conceded again just a few minutes later in similar fashion to our first; allowing Langtoft too much time and space in possession.
"After their second goal we managed to settle down and try to play with a little more patience and far more positional nous.
"Dobbo managed to pull one back for us with a clever finish before the break and at half-time we knew that we needed to go out and have a far better second 45, which we did.
"Dobson got his second shortly after the break and we settled even further into the game, pressing Langtoft high and scoring two further goals, one from Ben (65) and a further from Dobbo (75) to complete his hat-trick.
"Langtoft did score a further goal on 79 - a clever counter and finish from a former ICA player Hamza, who played an excellent game - but substitutes Orrell and Stanford did a sterling job of closing up shop for us.
"Whilst man of the match was shared between Ben and Dobbo, there were notable performances all over the field for us and the spirit we have been trying to build over the past few months really shone through; especially at 2-1 down.
"It has been a difficult year for ICA Sports, with the upheaval of player departures at the turn of the year followed by a complete squad and management team overhaul in the summer.
"This is the first time that the Club have tried to implement a playing philosophy that will filter down through all of the youth and junior section, so we were prepared for it being a testing first 5 months; however maybe my ego told me we would have seen some consistent success a little quicker.
"We will continue to work hard on the training ground in 2019 and hopefully deliver an Azzurri first team for the Club to be proud of, ready for a concerted push for silverware next season.
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our Club Members and supporters.
The Azzurri host Long Sutton Athletic FC in their next PDFL Premier Division fixture, 2pm kick-off on 5th January 2019. Click here for more details.