It was a great night for all the players and staff members at BIFC on Monday 2nd March in a tournament hosted by Lincoln Disability FC at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy.
The presence of England Walking Footballer and our Club Ambassador Joy O’Neil made the night even more special. The players from all sides worked so hard and did themselves and their coaches very proud with some great goals and fantastic sportsmanship.
The first game of the night saw BIFC come out looking strong. An early run through the middle from Zak and a confidently taken finish into the bottom left hand corner saw BIFC take the lead with their first shot of the night.
Moments later Ben Tyson rattled the crossbar with a good strike from distance as BIFC carried on pressuring the LDFC defence.
Jay then chipped in with a great save at the other end, his first save of many. Towards the end, Zak had a long-range effort saved expertly by Brian in the LDFC sticks. The referee called time and the game ended 1-0 to BIFC through a great strike.
An early effort from Ali sets the tone as BIFC press well. Some great defensive work up the other end results in an LDFC corner which is dealt with well.
BIFC then come forward from the goal kick playing it out wide to Ali who squares it centrally to Daniel who finishes so well into the top right-hand corner.
Wills then makes it 2-0 with a great finish at the near post giving some breathing space for his side. The ball is then bundled in at the other end for LDFC to make it 2-1, providing a tense finish.
Ben Tyson then gets his first goal of the night as he’s slotted in behind and finishes well. The game ends 3-1 to BIFC.
Lincoln take an early lead as the defender is turned and the ball is slotted underneath Jay’s legs. A chance then falls to Sean as he finds himself 1v1 with the keeper but fails to score.
A great goal from Zak then sees him put his side back into the game with a few minutes left.
After a late chance to make it 2-1 to LDFC, the game ends 1-1. Ben Smith has performed excellently all night, and looks very comfortable on the ball.
Jay is outfield for this game and hits the post early with a right footed shot. A great save from the ladies’ keeper falls to Jay who makes it 1-0 with a finish from close range.
BIFC playing some good possession football as the score remains 1-0. Ali then hits the post with a great straight effort from the right-hand side, it comes off the post and falls to Ben Tyson who finishes to make it 2-0.
A convincing display from BIFC sees the game end 2-0.
A great early shot from distance by Zak forces the opposition goalkeeper into a great save. A mix-up at the back sees LDFC come close with a header just wide.
Sean comes close but some determined defending keeps it 0-0.
SAVE OF THE NIGHT: Jay sees the effort right at the last second and reacts well to his left-hand side to push the ball wide for a corner.
After a solid defensive display from both sides meaning limited chances where created, the game ends 0-0. Credit must go to Alan, who performed solidly at the back in every minute he played.
A brilliant day:
Aside from the results it was a fantastic night for all the team, staff and individuals involved. It was a great advert for football, sportsmanship and passion shown by everyone involved which was great to see.
BIFC Chairwoman Sophie Bartup commented:
“We’ve had a truly wonderful evening with LDFC. A big thank you to Hayley and LDFC for welcoming us to Lincoln, they’ve supported us from day one and tonight is just what we needed. The respect shown by each individual from all teams has been tremendous. It’s been great for our players to see the quality here in Lincoln as we look towards entering a league next season.”
BIFC coach Amy Blinkhorn added:
“Wow, what a brilliant night and excellently hosted by LDFC. They’ve got some brilliant talent so it was nice for our players to come up against them. The environment was superb, the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly and I am very proud of how our players performed on the night.”