Extra depth helps Regent’s FC go top of the league
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Regent’s FC boss Des Casey has cited increased strength in depth as the main factor in his side’s rise to the Islington Midweek League Premier Division summit.
Although Regent’s, who were champions two years ago, recently lost their 100 per cent record after a last-minute defeat to Islington Admiral United, they bounced back to overcome FC Islington 5-2.
That took Regent’s into top spot above Admiral, who remain unbeaten after their 1-1 draw with defending champions Cricklewood Wanderers.
“Last year we only had one centre-forward in Alfie Rogers, now we’ve brought in a couple more – Manny Hammond and Meshach Williams – and that’s given us options,” said Casey.
“They’ve been good additions and they’re scoring goals. I think we’ve got more resilience this year, the cohesion’s great on the pitch and it’s hard to sub anyone because they’re doing so well.
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“FC Islington are tricky customers, so it’s good to get the win against them and go top of the league.”
Rogers and Williams were both on target against Islington as Regent’s came from 2-1 down to triumph, with Jesse Ndjeka scoring two second-half penalties and Yemi Buraimoh also finding the net.
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Missed chances cost Admiral top spot in the league as they conceded a late equaliser after dominating their clash with Cricklewood.
Admiral controlled possession, with Patrick Brady patrolling the midfield in front of his back four, and they took the lead on the half-hour mark through Andrew White.
The pattern continued in the second half, with Admiral applying pressure but failing to increase their advantage, while keeping the Cricklewood front line under a tight rein.
But Admiral were rocked by an equaliser 10 minutes from time, with goalkeeper Harry Hicks left helpless to prevent a 25-yard drive ripping into the net.