Thursday night football in Penwortham

Christmas Stuffing

No Cheer Here

Bare bones seven this week and 2 turned up late so not off to the best possible start. Once fully assembled we had Goose in nets, Phil and Joe at the back, Matt, Sean and Gary in the middle and Andy up front. Our (dubious) stand-in goal keeper for the first 5 minutes tried his best, managed to control Joe's pacy back pass and distribute it out to Sean on the right wing, but that was about the end of his notable contribution. Had to stop one shot, but only succeeded in pushing to it to a different Redline player, who promptly dispatched it into the back of the net. One - nil down. Goose arrives, this will surely stabilise the ship, Phil Rigby turns up 3 minutes later, now we have 7, game on!

Not a lot between the sides, Redline perhaps making the best of the efforts that come their way, but it's not all one way traffic. Then a move down the right hand side of the pitch from Redline, a thunderbolt launched from the sidelines, Goose beaten all ends up and the ball thunders in via the underside of the crossbar. Not much we, or Goose, could do against that. We get to half time, no spare players so no substitute possibilities. We kick off in the second half, not a lot has changed, Redline finish an attack with a kick of the ball outside the ground and while I'm trying to recover it, they have the temerity to score a third goal, so difficult for me to relay what happened. Probably safe to say it was a bit of a fluke. Matt hits a lovely shot that was destined for the top right hand corner of the goal before the Redline keeper pushes it around the post.

Redline finish the evening off with a 4th goal. Oh dear.

Were they four goals better than us, no they weren't, a flattering scoreline for Redline FC.

Redline FC    4 - 0    Never Odd or Even

No games on Thursday 20th and Thursday 27th December, it's the mid-winter break.

Next game - 3rd January - we are playing Ajax Trees Down at 8.30pm.

Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year


Amongst the Points Again

But Only One This Week

Nine players this week, so we started with Goose in nets, Paul and Jake at the back, Joe, Sean and Gary in the middle and Andy up front, Mark 'Under the Weather' Heaney and Matt in the wings for high impact substitution later in the game. Up against Unathletico Madrid, who enjoy a competitive game, are never slow to claim for a free kick or a throw in (despite the ball having clearly gone directly out of play from one of their players at the end of a 14 pass move) and enjoy lively conversations with the referee. How was it all going to play out this week?

Unathletico proved pacey and skilful as usual, created a number of chances, forced a number of corners and Goose had to make some smarties saves, but we were equally competitive. Joe found himself in attack, had a shot, bounced off a defender, pushed back to Joe, another shot, another couple of deflections and the ball ends up nestling in the Unathletico net. One nil up after 15 minutes.

Andy off for a rest at half time so Sean got pushed up in to attack, with Matt taking Sean's place in midfield. This saw us play in a slightly different fashion, more working the ball up to Sean from the back, less of the long ball upfield foe Andy to get on the end of. Unathletico continued to attack and produced another 2 or 3 good saves from Goose, but we had chances as well. Andy came back on in place of Gary, who was only of the field for a couple of minutes, because Joe was struggling to compete in the last 7 or 8 minutes. Then, it happened, Unathletico finally convert one of their chances to get it back to a draw. So a share of the points that night.

Never Odd or Even    1 - 1    Unathletico Madrid

Next week - 13th December - we are playing Redline FC at 7.45pm.

Better Than Last Time

But Still A Heavy Defeat

Deep gloom - stronger side than last time - everyone up for it - lost 1 - 6 - only glimmer of hope, (slightly) better than our 1 - 7 defeat in the first half of the season.

Never Odd or Even    1 - 6    Man Dem

Next week - 6th December - we are playing Unathletico Madrid at 7pm.