Newbury Forest nicked a late win against Lopes Tavares

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 August 2018

The 2018/19 season has begun (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The 2018/19 season has begun (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Thurlow Nunn First Division South: Newbury Forest 3 Lopes Tavares 2

Newbury Forest made hard work of their first home fixture of the season and only just nicked a 3-2 victory against Lopes Tavares at the Oakside Stadium.

As is becoming a habit the home side made a slow start and the visitors looking sharp had the best of the early exchanges.

On ten minutes a low Lopes corner cannoned off the outside of Jamal Khans foot and it to the net for an own goal to give the visitors the lead.

Five minutes later it got worse for Newbury when they conceded again to go two down.

This seemed to stir Forest and they pushed forward looking for a goal to put them back in the match and after several missed chances they pulled on back when Matheus Mederios raced on to a through ball and beat the Lopes keeper with a fine shot .

Forest were now on the front foot and making plenty of chances but with the visitors goalkeeper in good form still went in half time 2-1 down.

The second half started much as the first finished with the home team on top and it just seemed a matter of time before the equalizer came.

Newbury finally drew level on 65 minutes with a fine goal from man of the match Tyrone Baker.

Then on 76 minutes Forest took the lead with a fine goal.

Courtney Justin played a delightful ball which split the Lopes defence, the ball was crossed and Alex Nicholl met it on the run and gave the keeper no chance.

Newbury continued to press and created several more chances but a combination of good keeping and poor finishing meant the score stayed at 3-2 to the home side.

Manager Leo Connolly must be delighted at the start his team as made and they look forward to the players who are still to return from holiday to return and boost his squad.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder