Neasden B edge past Thornes
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A late winner from summer signing Bobby Abrams saw Neasden B start 2013 in style with a hard earned win over Glenthorne B at Ford Sports & Social.
It looked as though the teams would have to settle for a point until Abrams popped up with an 85th minute winner.
Jubilant NWN player-manager Adam Levene told jC SPort: "It was a tight game with Neaden just edging it. I was really pleased with the effort and attitude shown by the
team today and the defence was really solid to keep a deserved clean sheet. It was good to get back to winning ways after the long break.
"A special mention has to go to Bobby Abrams for his goal today which was amazing, he was out by the corner flag, beat six men with some lovely skill and then scored with a great finish low into the far corner from the edge of the box. I think he has goal of the season sewn up already!"
Disappointed Thornes joint-player-manager Jordan Sapler told JC Sport: "It was a bitterly disappointing result today, we played some of our best football in the first half and it looked as if there was only one team in the game.
"The second half turned into a scrappy game and they won due to a well-taken goal. It was pleasing to get back to somewhere near our potential and I'm sure if we can take that into our next couple of games we will start winning again.
"As an aside, I'd also like to mention a couple of the Neasden players who should be ashamed of themselves for their conduct during the game. One player who was asking the ref to book and send off players after every tackle no matter where on the pitch and what kind of tackle or foul it was, with the same player throwing himself to the ground at every opportunity. With a red card being a £40 fine that is something that no player should be asking and puts pressure on the ref who has a hard enough job trying to manage the game. Along with another of their players who saw fit to abuse some of our younger players with language and tone that goes way beyond what is acceptable 'banter'. No wonder player turnout is dropping."
DC Prediction: Glenthorne B 1 Neasden B 2