A cloudy but mild morning at the Magna Meadows ground in Lowdham was the setting for this match between two sides who hadn’t enjoyed the best of starts to their respective seasons. The first half was very evenly balanced with the visitors probably having the most threatening attacks but neither side made a breakthrough. The second half was somewhat different with Lowdham having changed formation from 3-something-1 to a more traditional 4-4-2. Also, the Lowdham ‘keeper, Dylan Lee, who had injured a hand, was replaced by Jacob Turner. Almost from the restart, the home side began to command the midfield and set up some more telling attacks. A clearance through the middle from Justin Kelley onto Joshua McCourt found the head of Matty Edinborough who managed to guide it to Jake Tomlinson just outside the penalty area who spun to avoid using his left foot and guided the ball wide of the keeper with a very balanced shot to take the lead. Five minutes later, a midfield onslaught from Lowdham found Louis Clark in space who left the visiting ‘keeper flat-footed and chipped it into the opposing corner of the net to double the lead. Shortly after, some excellent play along the right wing saw Edward Roberts run to the byeline and send in a fierce, low cross which was pounced on by Dylan Lee, who had revisited play as a substitute in the outfield and who determinedly fired the ball home past his opposite number to take the score to 3-0. Even though there were some individual battles, to which the referee had occasion to bring calm, the game was played in excellent spirit. It was no coincidence that Lowdham’s MoM award went to Finlay Bennett who was outstanding in defence and thwarted the bulk of attacks from Holy Spirit from the right and centre.
Dear Pamela,As a Brit, it’s nice to see someone from ‘over the pond’ who’s got most of the information about Afternoon Tea correct for a change: I now live in Vinci, Italy (yes where Leonardo was born), and now offer afternoon tea to Italians in our home dining would take you to task on one item in your article,(there’s always a critic!) and that is about Cream Tea in which you say: “Cream Tea — A simple tea service consisting of scones, clotted cream, marmalade or lemon curd and tea.” Cream Tea traditionally consists of scones served with clotted cream and strawberry said that if people prefer to have their scones (and it’s pronounced ‘skons’ as far as I’m concerned),with an alternative, I have no problem with that, it’s a free world (supposedly)!For example I sometimes fill my Victoria Sponge with lemon curd instead of the traditional raspberry jam and fresh raspberries both of which balance well with a nice cup of sweet Luck with the book!