Leaders inflict heavy defeat on Chipping Sodbury Town FC

September 21 2020
Leaders inflict heavy defeat on Chipping Sodbury Town FC

EARLY league leaders Plymouth Parkway were the visitors to the Ridings as the Sods hoped to turn their fortunes around after two defeats in their opening two games.

The opening chance of the match on September 12 went to the home side when Jordan Simpson put Kalum Youngsam through and his goal bound lob of the oncoming keeper was cleared off the line by a Plymouth defender.

But the visitors took control and a thigh injury to home keeper Chris Simsek on the half hour proved decisive. He recovered but his mobility was slightly restricted and when Plymouth won a corner with just two minutes of the half remaining, Jordan Bentley rose above the Sods defence to head home from 6 yards and give his side a 0-1 lead at the break.

The second half began with the Sods looking to find the equaliser and just four minutes in Youngsam was put through on goal after some excellent closing down by the home midfield. He shot wide but it showed intent and the Sods could have levelled just a few minutes later when a three on two break ended in a corner.

The fast pace of the first half gave way to a more scrappy second period, with the visitors resorting to the long ball and both sides struggling to gain a foothold.

But Plymouth looked the more threatening as the half progressed and on 65 minutes they took a 2-0 lead when substitute Landricombe volleyed from just inside the area after the home defence had failed to clear. Just four minutes later Landricombe added his second and his sides third, when he again finished from close quarters after the Sods had left him unmarked.

Plymouth added a fourth and final goal on 80 minutes when Richards took advantage of some hesitant defending after a goalmouth scramble and fired home from just a few yards out.

The Sods can take heart from a spirited first half performance against one of the league's strongest outfits.

It is clear that as the season progresses, the hard work and determination of the players and the club's new management team will start to pay dividends.

Mark Lloyd

Photo: Jordan Bentley opens the scoring for Plymouth Parkway. Picture by MJR Photography