FCV Academy make winning return to competitive action

It took three weeks for FCV Academy to play their first competitive fixture after the Christmas break, but when the opportunity finally arose, they marked it with a 3-2 home victory over Ilkeston in the National League U19 Alliance.

Grant Brown’s side didn’t get off to the perfect start, finding themselves a goal down after just 20 minutes, but they managed an immediate response – Sven Hart the man to get the goal and make it all square.

The hosts took the lead shortly before half-time when prolific goalscorer Brandon Taverner was played through by full-back Adam Keal to finish and put the hosts 2-1 up.

Unfortunately, it was to be the striker’s final involvement in the game as he was withdrawn through injury at the break.

The visitors flew out of the blocks in the second half and forced their way back into the match. Some shaky Academy defending resulted in a penalty which the Ilkeston man made no mistake with to make it 2-2.

FCV then responded for 3-2 shortly before full-time, though, and it was a goal worthy of winning any game of football.

Every member of Brown’s side touched the ball in the build-up, with Hart completing the move, grabbing his second goal of the game to secure the points.

Next up for the Academy in the National League U19 Alliance is bottom side, Maltby Main.

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