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Nomads began their new season with two home games against two of the league’s new boys – Foley Meir and Ashville FC. It proved to be a disappointing opening to the 22/23 campaign.

NOMADS 1 FOLEY MEIR 2

The season opener started well for the home side, Jack Taylor in the right place to head home from close range to give Nomads the lead.

The visitors capitalised on a defensive mix-up to equalise before half time, Barker with a simple finish to send the teams in level.

Despite dominating the ball Nomads couldn’t create any clear opportunities on a frustrating day. The game was won in the 92nd minute. A free kick on the edge of the box and quick thinking from Aiden Lloyd as he curled the ball with the outside of his foot into the back of the net.

NOMADS: Fowell, Coates, Alley, Wright, O’Connell, Taylor, Byrnes, Milne, Pociask, Shenton, Cata. SUBS: Blake, Rigby, Wallis, Jackson, Cata.

NOMADS 1 ASHVILLE 1

The second new boys to arrive at SK8 this week was Ashville. A good midweek crowd gathered to see if Nomads could grab their first win and Ashville could continue their bright start after a 4-0 opening day win over Abbey Hey.

The first half was a tight affair, Nomads will feel they had slightly the better half but neither side really grabbed a hold of the game.

Nomads reacted brilliantly after the break, Ryan Shenton with a brilliant finish to give the home side the lead but once again they would not be able to stay in front.

With fitness and injury issues and players missing the visitors grew into the game and with nine minutes left on the clock they grabbed a deserved equaliser, Greenop nipping into to beat Fowell and level things up.

NOMADS: Fowell, Coates, Blake, O’Connell, Ibrahim, Taylor, Byrnes, Milne, Pociask, Shenton, Alley. SUBS: Wright, Rigby, Jackson, Kirongozi, Shipton.

Jake Davies added his comments after the game last night.

“We’re disappointed that we have only come away with one point but have mixed feelings with both games. We know that if we are to finish in the top 5 this season, we need to be picking maximum points up in the games we’ve had so far and we will learn and improve quickly.

The first game against Foley Meir was disappointing, we started the game well scoring early but never got going in the first half after that. In the second half, we dominated but didn’t create any clear-cut chances and then got bit on the back side late and got punished for a poor foul. A difficult game to swallow, ultimately our performances over pre-season weren’t matched in the first game although we did have a few players missing for different circumstances.

In yesterday’s game against Ashville, our performance levels were much better and we did very well for 65 minutes and were the team in the ascendancy and scored a good goal, disappointed we couldn’t create a few more chances like the one we did as we were playing well and just needed to continue playing the football in their half and passing it a little more, patience being the key. However again due to injuries, we have had to make a couple of changes and as well as missing some key players it’s taken everything out of the team in terms of effort to get a point against an organised team who will take points off many this season. Overall, after the second game, it’s nice to get the first point on the board and regroup with a few sessions before our next game against Barnton as well as get some bodies back in for it.

We know there is a lot more to come from the group and we want to be back winning games as quickly and as consistently as possible. The players were outstanding yesterday and gave everything, I can’t fault their commitments and efforts. We move on.”

There is a break now until the next game, home to Barnton on Saturday 13th August.