Blackfield & Langley make winning start to Sydenhams Premier season

Danny Young (green/white) in action for Blackfield & Langley

Danny Young (green/white) in action for Blackfield & Langley

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

There were two debutant goals as Blackfield & Langley made a winning start to the new Sydenhams Premier Wessex season.

John Robson’s new-look side ground out a 2-1 victory over newly promoted Andover Town at Gang Warily.

New signing Jamie Musselwhite netted within five minutes of his competitive debut before Town’s Ike Robertson levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Winger Danny Young, a summer arrival from Bemerton, emulated Musselwhite’s exploits by notching the winner on 53 minutes.

Although the Watersiders got their campaign off to a winning start, it was a slightly disjointed performance by Robson’s team.

Ekow Elliott started, after his return from Southern Premier League Poole Town, and assisted both goals as well as striking the post with a curling effort from outside the box.

Neil Benson’s Premier newboys had long spells of possession after a shaky start and grew in confidence throughout.

Michael Dixon, who scored more than 30 goals as Town finished runners-up in Wessex One last term, at times looked a little jittery in front of goal after being thwarted several times, including a superb block by keeper Gareth Barfoot.

“It’s pleasing to get the win,” said Robson.

“We had a few players out and that made a big difference – some of them would have started.

“I’ve got to give Andover a bit of credit – they played well.

“At this moment in time we don’t have anything to shout about – we need to be better.

“But I was pleased for Danny Young, he looked very good.”

The Watersiders dominated the early stages of the match and were ahead after just four minutes.

Ex-Winchester star Musselwhite, signed from AFC Portchester, latched on to Elliott’s great through ball.

The bullish striker beat keeper Michael Weatherall to the ball and netted from eight yards.

The leveller came when Lewis Benson chipped a ball into the box to Robertson.

The attacker used his strength before side-footing the ball over Barfoot.

Elliott showed his Southern League pedigree for the winner. He picked up the ball just before the halfway line and held off interest from Andover right-back Ope Aromona.

He travelled deep into the box – showing quick feet en route – and crossed for Young to take a deft touch before firing home.

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