Thursday night football in Penwortham

Game of Two Halfs

Comeback Cruelly Crushed

Struggling for players this week - down to 6 - and taking on Man Dam who had caused us no end of problems at the back end of last season when we had seven, so this could be interesting. We kicked off with Goose in nets, Phil and Joe at the back, Mark and Matt in the middle and Josh up front. We tried at the start to encourage a last minute recruit, but he wasn't having any of it. Off we went and for the first 10 minutes thing's weren't going too badly. True, we weren't exactly peppering their goal with shots, but Goose was pulling off a few fine saves and our defence was nullifying a lot of their attempts. Then the heavens opened, 4 well created and taken goals saw us go in at half time with a bit of a mountain to climb.

Another attempt to get an extra player, this time with some success and we had 7 versus 7 for the second half. Would that make a difference?

Just a bit, different story now, we held on to the ball better, created more and better chances, but still had to be wary of quick counter attacking moves. After 10 minutes, a corner on the left, our stand in player floats a ball to the back post, where Mark "Goal Machine (though slightly erratic action)" Heaney headed it confidently into the back of the net. Things were looking a lot better. Unfortunately, that largely encouraged Man Dem and they scored a couple of more late goals just to make sure we couldn't stage some sort of (perhaps unlikely) comeback.

Not a great night for us, but a lot better when it was 7 against 7. Wonder how things would have played out if we had that from the start?

Man Dem     6 - 1     Never Odd or Even

Next week - 18th October - we are playing Unathletico Madrid at 9.15pm.