Church back on Win Trail
In Monsoon like conditions, Church eased themselves to victory against 10 man Loughborough Dynamo.
With half an eye on Saturday's FA Cup match at Grantham and a busy schedule, manager Ian Long made 7 changes to the starting line up that drew at Stocksbridge on Saturday. Out were Keranovic, Ashmore, Botfield, Dubidat and Yates, who all started on the bench. Turton was rested completely, whilst Cresswell was injured. Making his first start of the season in goal was Evans and also starting were Willets, Halil, Bellis, Sauane, Keen and Ceesay.
Church should have took the lead in the 9', when Fosters cross was glanced wide of the post by Keen from a great scoring position.
In the 22' Jared Holmes was booked for Loughborough.
In the 26' a Loughborough free kick taken by Karl Demidh was heading for the top corner, but was turned away for a corner by Evans.
In the 28' following a Chuch free kick, Parsons had a chance but hit a weak shot at Jaaskelainen in the Loughborough goal.
In the 37' Loughborough were reduced to 10 men when Jared Holmes was sent off for a second yellow, in what by many could have been a straight red.
In the 43' Carter set up March but his shot was over the bar.
In the first minute of injury time a Church corner saw Willets lift the ball over the bar.
Church pressure finally told in the 3rd minute of added time, when Carter pushed forward from the half way and found Luke Keen who curled his shot superbly into the top corner to beat Jaaskelainen and put Church 0-1 up at the break.
After a slow start to the second half, Church went 2 up in the 56'. Following a throw from the left the ball found Bekir Halil on the right and his low shot was not held by Jaaskelainen, who allowed the ball to trickle over the line to make it 0-2.
In the 57' Willets was booked for dissent.
In the 59' a short corner led to a shot which Evans saved and a minute later Smith had a glancing header go wide.
In the 63' Hodgkinson was booked for an off the ball incident and in the 66' Keenan was also cautioned for the hosts.
The game was sealed in the 67' when the ball was played into Jusifu Ceesay in the box, before he turned a fired his shot low into the corner to make it 0-3.
With the rain lashing down, Church were in total control.
In the 75' Jaaskelainen made a fine save to prevent a fourth Church goal.
In the 79' Foster hit a shot over the bar and in the 81' Cessay shot after put in by Botfield.
The game ended 0-3 to Church with Long bringing off March, Carter and Bellis in the final 20.
Match Photos HERE