KSB 2-0 Lancaster Free Methodists - friendly - 23rd August 2017 - SLS Stadium @ Fearns

The visitors are known to the Streeters through former KSB manager Doug Argile, who had a spell playing in Lancaster a few years ago. Dan Sudell brought his lads to Fearns for a midweek friendly under the lights at Fearns, in what would be a test for the Streeters, being managed by Luke Hobson.

The Goalkeeper position has often caused headaches, with injuries and unavailability meaning that Ryan Clarke had to call upon his pal Chris Walker to don the gloves. Fellow goalie Josh Hughes is returning from a shoulder injury himself, but was fit enough to start up front with John Kell. Hobson chose to stick with the resuscitated 3-5-2 formation, with Kingsley Ashworth skipper in his final match, before his big money move to Erinsborough.

KSB started brightly, and a long Matt Jones free kick was superbly headed in by Kell for his second goal of pre-season. The visitors did have some decent players amongst their ranks, but the Streeters were looking solid.

The lead was doubled when Clarke beautifully fed a through ball to Hughes down the inside left channel. The Alan Shearer wannabe cut inside brilliantly and finished expertly into the far corner.

Walker and his defence were confidently dealing with anything that came their way, and the whole team worked hard to protect the lead. Had it not been for a bit more composure with the final ball and in possession, it could have been more, but the home side had the 2 goal advantage going into the break.

Hobson had a big squad and made changes throughout the game, keeping the side fresh. A cigarette-free Wayne Archer made his first appearance as a left wing back and was clearly enjoying the role. Another sub Phil Butterworth had a shot just wide early in the second period, before LFM had their best chance. They could only hook over the bar from close range in a rare sight at goal.

Hughes had a great chance to finish the job, when centre back Scott Dew burst forward and squared for KSB's version of José Chilavert. Sadly he had too much time, and his shot was well saved. Hobson brought himself on for a five minute cameo, and nearly got on the scoresheet with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Again the keeper saved, and it all proved too much for Hobbo to take, he had to bring himself off the pitch.

Another half of excellent keeping and defending, and great hard work all over the pitch meant the game finished 2-0. It could've been more, but the clean sheet was deserved and a real confidence boost for the defence. A final game (for now), for Kingsley, and a fitting send off before his move down under.


1. Alex Walker (GK)

2. Sam Calvert (RWB)

3. Johnny English (LWB)

4. Math Pickup (DMC)

5. Brett Aspden (LCB)

6. Matt Jones (CB)

7. Kingsley Ashworth (MC) (c)

9. John Kell (SC)

10. Ryan Clarke (MC)

12. Rob English (RCB)

23. Josh Hughes (SC)


Substitutes: 8. Luke Hobson (MC), 11. Wayne Archer (LWB), 14. Phil Butterworth (SC), 16. Scott Dew (RCB)

Man of the match: Kingsley Ashworth