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Five-star Blancos set the standard

Los Blancos ran out comfortable winners in a well-contested league fixture under the bright lights of Capital City Academy

    Oli Sade gave Blancos an early advantage after after twisting and turning defenders before releasing a venomous shot across the keeper to give to bring a smile to the face of club chairman Keith Barnett’s delight who was in attendance.

    LB's Saturday night hangovers then kicked in and Scrabble grew into the half pushing the Blancos line deeper until eventually a deflected 20-yard shot drew the sides level going into half-time.

    After several hairdryer treatments dished were out, Blancos returned to the second half more organised, with goalkeeper Gideon Rabstein sweeping the threat over the top Blancos were able to control the play knocking the ball around nicely.

    Fantasy league players will be shoehorning Avishai Kestenbaum into their teams after great work from Elliot Meslawy down the right resulted in a low strike wrong footing the keeper which means he scored in both of his last games.

    Goals came like buses and two minutes later Jake Doffman powered home a header from a planned corner routine. Minutes later, Sade sprinkled some more magic dust to add another.

    Then, to the delight of the watching chairman, captain Joel Barnett received the ball on the corner of the box, waist high and with angle against him rifled a venomous first time volley which whistled across the "Kasey Keller lookalike" in goal slamming in off the post.

    Scrabble pinched consolation goal with last kick of the game via Ben Portnoi but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of a rampant Los Blancos.

    Manager Joel Salamon told JC Sport: "A few harsh words were dished out at half-time, the second half is the standard we need to set ourselves for the rest of season."

    Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told JC Sport: "We are very disappointed to have lost this game in the manner we did." Having gone into the break at 1-1, following a "great goal" from Pugh, Scrabble had "hoped to kick on in the second half. We lost our discipline in a mad 15-minute spell and Blancos took advantage.

    "But in trying to claw things back after going 2-1 down we left too many gaps at the back and got punished. The boys showed great spirit though to carry on fighting till the end and we got some consolation with a well taken second just before the final whistle.

    "There were some outstanding performances though for us today despite the result and I'm proud of the 11 boys who turned out and kept going some with slight knocks but aware that we didn't even have a substitute on the bench to come on.

    "Unfortunately as I've been saying for weeks we have so many long-term injuries that we were still putting the team together as late as Saturday evening, and with seven or eight top quality players again sidelined today it has really had an impact on performances and results.

    "We can only hope that in the last three league games we can get some of the boys back to provide us with some more options because we are now in a relegation fight and we need to start picking up points quickly.

    "We fought hard to get out of Division Two a couple of seasons ago and after looking like promotion candidates a few weeks ago we now have a fight on our hands."

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