Unfortunate Lobsters Go Out

Unfortunate Lobsters Go Out

By Charlie Bright
10 October
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A much improved display by Redhill wasn't enough at South Park.


The Lobsters bowed out of the Surrey Cup with a narrow defeat at Bet Victor Central League neighbours South Park, but it was a vastly improved performance from Saturday's heavy home defeat.

Barry Wilde named a young starting line up with Joe Jarrett and Darren Thomas starting in midfield. Mo Diakite and Jon Trotter looked to sure up a defence that has leaked to many goals of late, while Jesse Sentamu led the line in attack.

The home side started the brighter and got to grips with the very wet playing surface at Whitehall Lane, playing some neat stuff. It was the Sparks who took the lead on 10 minutes, Sam Remfrey heading home from close range after some poor marking by the Yellows.

Jack Minchin who was man of the match in the 5-0 defeat by Southall was again in good form making a splendid save from a South Park free kick to keep his side in it just after the half hour. That save seemed to give the Lobsters a lift and they enjoyed a good 15 minute spell before the break. First Gary Abisogun burst through the home defence and saw his shot smash off the post, before Sentamu was denied by the woodwork just before half time.

The start to the second half was an even one with neither side able to fashion a clear cut chance, Jesse Sentamu saw his strike fly over before Abisogun fired wide. At the other end Jack Minchin had to be at his best to make a block to keep the Sparks at bay, and it could of been 2-0 when the home side hit the bar from another set piece.

It was Redhill who finished the stronger though as they threw caution to the wind looking to take the game to penalties. Jesse Sentamu nearly getting on the end of a cross but seeing the ball trickle agonisingly wide. The Lobsters had a good shout for a spot kick late on, but the referee waved away the appeal.

South Park seemed to have made the game safe with 5 minutes to go when Redhill didn't defend another set piece well and the ball ended up in the net to make it 2-0. The Lobsters didn't give in though, and a brilliant Gary Abisogun run beating three, found Sentamu who fired brilliantly into the top corner to give the Yellows hope.

But there wasn't time for the Lobsters to take the game to penalties and it was South Park who progressed at the final whistle - despite a much improved display.

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