Ocean City’s Kyle Harper boots the ball upfield from the Red Raiders’ defensive end. By LESLEY GRAHAMOcean City High School boys’ soccer team hosted rival Mainland on Saturday morning, defeating the visiting Mustangs, 3-2.The win brings the Red Raiders’ record to 3-0 early in the season, while Mainland drops to 2-1.Ori Levy-Smith led all scorers with a goal and assist, while teammates John Lindsay and Ben Steiger each recorded a goal for the Red Raiders. Kyle Harper also notched an assist for Ocean City.Joey Cino and Luca Bongiovanni scored for Mainland.Ocean City goalkeeper Kyle Plenn had four saves.The Red Raiders opened up the scoring early in the game with less than two minutes ticked off the clock, when Levy-Smith found the back of the net thanks to some fancy footwork.Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, they found themselves knotted at 1-1 when the Mustangs answered right back within a minute.Ocean City’s Ori Levy-Smith (12), the game’s leading scorer, crosses the ball to a teammate.The next 20 minutes was a back-and-forth effort between the two teams – both battling to gain an advantage on the scoreboard.Ultimately, the Red Raiders would be the next to score, as Steiger tipped in a pass from Levy-Smith to give Ocean City a 2-1 advantage at halftime.As the second half got underway, it was much of the same as the first half – both teams vying for control. The Red Raiders dominated possession, keeping the ball in their offensive end for the majority of the second half.With under 10 minutes to play, Lindsay would net what was ultimately the game winner, putting Ocean City ahead 3-1.Mainland would continue to fight for a chance to get back in the game, scoring off a free kick when Ocean City was given a card.Red Raider John Lindsay dribbles through the Mainland defendersWith three minutes left to play, the Mustangs were battling back from a one-goal deficit, but Ocean City was not about to let the lead slip away. The defense stepped up and the team was able to eke out a victory.Ocean City Head Coach Aaron Bogushefsky said the Red Raiders did enough to get the job done.“I am happy with the result, but there is plenty of room for improvement,” Bogushefsky said after the game.As the season progresses, Bogushefsky said the ultimate goal is to win the last game of the season so this year, with its shortened preseason and change of schedule, the Red Raiders are working through all of those potential issues within a tighter timetable.“We have the ability. We just need to be more disciplined to be consistently great. Consistency is the key to being successful,” he said.Ocean City’s defense readies itself for Mainland’s free kick.
While we plan our maintenance and improvement works to minimise inconvenience to drivers, some road closures are necessary, and ultimately for the benefit of road users. Drivers who selfishly and illegally ignore these traffic restrictions force their way through are putting both their lives and those of our road workers at risk – all to save a few minutes on their journey. Also since October 2014, some 341 incidents of either verbal or physical abuse towards workers were recorded across England.Amongst the most common targets for verbal abuse are Highways England traffic officers, who patrol motorways and A-roads 24/7. Their role is to deal with incidents as they happen and keep people safe by implementing lane closures where required.Adie Whiting, 33, a married father of three from Doncaster, has worked for Interserve on behalf of Highways England as a traffic control safety officer, deploying cones, signs, barriers and temporary traffic signals. respect our road workers – slow down near road works and obey speed limits and signs. just because workers aren’t visible, it doesn’t mean they are not present. This is especially true when operations take place at night, but also applies when visibility is restricted by works vehicles and equipment. we plan maintenance and improvement projects to allow works to proceed in the safest and most cost-effective way, with minimum disruption to road users. think what it would be like if you had to contend with lorries and cars driving through your place of work. Research by Highways England reveals a catalogue of serious incidents and near misses ranging from motorists driving into coned off areas where road workers are working to physical and verbal abuse.On average there are nearly 300 incidents a week of incursions and abuse reported by road workers who are busy improving Britain’s 4300 miles of motorways and strategic A roads for the benefit of all road users.And of almost 3500 incidents recorded between July 2016 until September 2017, 150 were serious, leading to four road workers and two motorists being injured. Thousands of road workers’ lives are being put at risk, says Highways EnglandThat is why Highways England is calling on road users to be patient if they are delayed by roadworks and to respect road workers doing a difficult job.The video below shows the unacceptable behaviours that workers are faced with every day. In it, a driver has been stopped at the site of road works on the A120 in Essex involving two barriers in place for drivers to be allowed through with an escort.Incursion – September 2017The irresponsible driver had already driven around the initial closure point on the wrong side of the road, then drove at speed to attempt to avoid Essex Police who were supporting Highways England in enforcing the closure.His actions jeopardised the lives of all those road workers on this stretch of road between Braintree and the A12 at Marks Tey.Another incident captured on video shows a lorry driving through coned off roadworks on the M1.Near miss incursionMike Wilson, Chief Highways Engineer, Executive Director Safety, Engineering and Standards at Highways England said: General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. I’ve been sworn at a lot, physically threatened on occasions and even had someone try to run me over once. You have to have a thick skin doing this job. Road worker abuse often occurs during incursions, whereby drivers seek to ignore a road closure to drive through instead, often failing to heed advance warning signs of upcoming closures.Highways England is reminding motorists of their responsibility while driving through roadworks, with these four key messages:
… Khawaja, Harris dumpedBy Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia selectors have shaken up the squad’s underperforming batting lineup for the two-Test series against Pakistan by dumping top order batsmen Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris while handing a surprise recall to Cameron Bancroft.Opener Harris averaged 9.66 against England in the last three Tests of the Ashes and has been jettisoned in favour of Queensland’s Joe Burns for the series, which starts in Brisbane on November 21.Burns has been recalled after being snubbed for the Ashes despite having scored 180 in the previous Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra in February. Khawaja, once among Australia’s first picks, was dropped after the third Ashes Test at Leeds and has failed to find form for home state Queensland.Bancroft may consider himself the luckiest in the 14-man squad released yesterday having been given another chance after being dumped two Tests into the Ashes.He was a late call-up for the Australia A team that played Pakistan in a tour game this week after Nic Maddinson pulled out for mental health reasons. He scored 49 from 155 balls in the first innings, which turned out to be the team’s top score as the rest of the Test hopefuls failed in the unofficial audition in Perth.Harris, however, may have cause to feel aggrieved having had a stronger first class season in the domestic Sheffield Shield than Bancroft.Selector Trevor Hohns said Bancroft’s ability to play in the middle order as well as at the top had been in his favour. “He’s got the ingredients of being a very good Test match player, he’s a hard worker,” Hohns told reporters in Perth of the 26-year-old Western Australian who has averaged 26.23 from his 10 Tests. “And the improvement in his game is very noticeable.” Middle order batsman Travis Head, who had a poor series in England and was dropped for the final Test, has been retained.After strong domestic form, uncapped bowling all-rounder Michael Neser has been included along with pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.Cricket Australia (CA) announced earlier yesterday that promising young batsman Will Pucovski had withdrawn from selection for “mental wellbeing” reasons. Hohns said the uncapped 21-year-old’s decision came before selectors had finalised the squad. Pucovski, who pulled out of the Test squad in January for similar reasons, became the third Australian cricketer to report mental health problems to staff in just over two weeks.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell remains on an indefinite break after pulling out midway the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.“I think we should be quite proud and pleased in our sport, players are comfortable coming out and talking about (mental health),” said Hohns.“It’s just happening more and more in everyday life.” Tim Paine’s Australia meet Pakistan in the second Test in Adelaide on November 29. Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.