KSB UNITED 6–1 CENTRAL NORTH SA – SMCCFL Division 3 – 4th November 2017 – SLS Stadium @ Fearns

 KSB United had the unwanted pressure of being expected to thrash opponents Central North SA, who lay rock bottom of the table. Last season’s encounters saw an impressive 6–0 away win, but a laboured 3–1 home win. Brett Aspden was keen to emphasise that there could be no complacency and push for another 3 points.

There were plenty of changes, partly as a result of KSB poaching messrs Ste Evans, Alex Marsh and Josh Hughes. This meant a return to goal for Matt Gosnell, with Sam Lord partnering the gaffer in defence. Scott Dew made his first competitive appearance of the season at right back. Dave Davies continued in midfield alongside debutant Matt Aspinall, with a familiar attack that saw Phil Butterworth get his first start of the season after his brace against Macc Parish.

United did try and play football, especially out for the back, but by the time the forwards reached it, they were unable to penetrate. Central North SA were unsurprisingly playing five at the back to keep as many goals out as possible, but they had a couple of additions who were useful on the ball.

The first half hour saw fewer chances than expected, the best of which saw Butterworth beat his man in the box but clip his finish over the ‘keeper and the bar. Lord had a couple of efforts from set pieces and John Kell shot wide from an excellent Wayne Archer cross. Matt Pacey then replaced Aspden, shifting Dew into central defence.

The breakthrough did eventually arrive when a delightful Aspden free–kick found the stretched left boot of Archer, turning the ball in from close range. SA did have the odd chance on the break, Gosnell making some important saves and Tom Pickup clearing off the line. There was a sense of a below–par performance at half time, with Joe Archer coming on for Rigby, and Daven Argile returning from injury for Aspinall.

The start of the second half was even worse, as United somehow allowed the visitors to equalise. A long ball from the ‘keeper found the left winger, who beat his man and rolled in a finish at Gosnell’s near post. The frustrations set in, but United also started to pass it about a bit better. Aspinall came back on for Joe, moving Daven further forward.

Thankfully the fans didn’t have to wait too long for United to retake the lead. Another inviting Wayne corner was pounced upon by Aspden, who scrambled a finish in the six yard box that crossed the line after hitting the post. Tom had a long ranger saved before being replaced by Dew, who then had a long ranger saved.

United began to hit top gear as SA started to tire and the goals started to flow. Wayne found space on the left to send in a cross that was harrowingly turned into his own goal by a defender; marking a real turning point. Wayne then got another that was definitely his when John allowed him to finish from close range, the ‘keeper getting a touch.

Davies then joined in on the fun with a cracking drive from 30 yards into the top corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance whatsoever. And real gloss was added to the scoreline minutes from time when Rigby sent through Butterworth, who nestled a clinical finish into the bottom corner. This was a below–par United performance with a scoreline to flatter, but once again Aspden’s men collect 3 points and score a bagful of goals to keep the confidence going.



Team (4–2–3–1)

13. Matt Gosnell (GK)

16. Scott Dew (DR)

5. Sam Lord (DC)

6. Brett Aspden (DC)

3. Tom Pickup (DL)

4. Dave Davies (MDC)

8. Matt Aspinall (MDC)

7. Jonathan Rigby (AMR)

10. John Kell (AMC)

11. Wayne Archer (AML)

9. Phil Butterworth (SC)


Subs – 2. Matt Pacey (DR), 20. Daven Argile (MDC), 12. Joe Archer (AMR)

Man of the match – Wayne Archer