Slaz set off with determination and moved the ball well keeping possession and creating good chances in the D.
Slazenger mens 1st’s team returned to the field after the Christmas break, keen to build on last years good work. With a solid start on the season and a second place league position, Slaz were looking to improve against teams they had not contested well; Ramgarhia was one of these.
Ramgarhia were always going to be a tough start to the season, though the home team started with good movement and quick ball speed to shift the ball around a dangerous, but less mobile opposition.
The visitors looked dangerous with a combination of quick ball skills and physical attacking. Slazenger countered with fast movement, good ball control and strong use of width to stretch Ramgarhia’s midfield.
Slaz had the edge with more possession and creating more chances in the D, but failed to hit the target.
For the majority of the game, the score remained 0-0, with Dan Perry and Jack Kitchen going close. It looked like neither side would score, but Slaz maintained pressure and worked the ball round to maintain the pressure.
For large portions of play, the ball stayed inside Ramgarhia’s half; Slaz forcing the visitors to pull their entire team back to prevent conceeding.
At Slazenger’s end, Man of the Match Will Buckley kept Ramgarhia’s possession in the Slaz D to a minimum, blunting any counter-attack.
The sustained pressure eventually paid off. Hard work from the Horbury side finally lead to Richard Tuddenham flicking the ball into the net 5 min from the final whistle.
Slaz 1st travelled to Leeds to play Ramgarhia 1st team. Both teams set off with a clear intent to gain the upper hand, slaz swung the ball round the pitch meeting a packed out defence, whilst Ramgarhia locked their D tight with men and hit slaz on the break with few in numbers with aerial balls.
Both teams looked dangerous, but Ramgarhia Short corner play making to gain short corners gave their routine the advantage by putting two goals in the first half to slaz’s zero.
Man of the match Jack Kitchen worked well on the right and fed good balls forward. Slaz spent most of the second half in Ramgarhia’s half but only at the end did they manage to put a goal past Ramgarhia’s player of the match.
The game finished 3-1 slaz having an overall decent performance, but failing to break a solid defence down.
Slazenger went into the first- team Yorkshire Cup on Sunday buoyed by the previous day’s win and emerged one better with a 4-0 win over Ramgarhia.
The game started at a fast and furious pace with Slazenger on the back foot, but the defence picked off the attacks comfortably.
James Swindon put the ball through the keeper’s legs in response and Alec Gilston was on hand to score the opening goal.
Whittle then lobbed the goalkeeper a-la Saturday and this time got his name on the score-sheet.
Slazenger were denied several more goals before Swinden made it 3-0 with a screamer of a shot that left the goalkeeper no chance.
And, as things started to get a little overheater, Slazenger kept their cool for Gilston to tucked away the fourth at the back post.
Slazenger face Huddersfield in the next round on November 4.
Slazenger kicked off an outstanding ‘double’ weekend with a Yorkshire League 1 triumph over top-of-the-table rivals Ramgarhia.
The Horbury side was slow to start, but defended well to deny their hosts an early goal, then broke out on the 16 minute mark for Butel to open the scoring with a superb solo effort.
Five minutes from half-time however, Ramgarhia equlaised from a short corner.
An unstoppable shot gave Ramgarhia the lead early in the second half but Slazenger’s heads didn’t go down and determined to put six points between the sides, the visitors rallied.
Gilston leveled from a short corner and in the last ten minutes, a sweeping ball landed at Butel’s feet and the hot shot made no mistake.
Slazenger then shut up shop and posted five players at the back to deny their hosts a second equaliser.
Slazengers hopes of maintaining their winning start in division one of the Yorkshire League were wrecked by Ramgarhia who triumphed 4-3 in a thrill-a-minute encounter at Horbury.