Longlevens continue perfect start to 2022 with scintillating second half at Chipping Sodbury – Report & Listen Again

Four second half goals saw Longlevens continue their 100% start to 2022, beating Chipping Sodbury 4-1 to move up to 5th in the Hellenic Premier.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Rudi McKinnon opened the scoring inside the opening sixty seconds of the second half.

Brad Martin was played in on the edge of the box and after Chipping Sodbury keeper Archie Watts initially saved the forwards effort, the ball ricocheted to McKinnon the left side of the box and he rifled his effort into the far corner.

Martin was played in again soon after and as Watts rushed out to close the angle, the prolific striker stroked the ball passed the keeper for his 17th goal of the season.

As Longlevens gained full control of the game they soon made it three when full back Luke Troke worked his way onto the left byline and squared for Ethan Dunbar to notch his 16th goal of his debut Hellenic Premier campaign.

Josh Pandolfino scored a consolation for Chipping Sodbury, who are still seven points clear of the drop zone at the time of writing. He worked a yard of space on the right corner of the box before unleashing a spectacular effort that crashed in off the bar.

But Longlevens killed the game with a fantastically worked reply. McKinnon and Martin linked up well on the edge of the box with a killer one two, before Martin’s backheel into the path of McKinnon – who rounded Watts and easily slotted his second and 17th of the season.

The win puts Longlevens 5th in the Hellenic Premier ahead of three massive fixtures in their season. On Tuesday night they head to Malvern Town, who are two points behind in 7th, before hosting 2nd place Bradford Town next weekend and league leaders Bishops Cleeve on 29th January.

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