Thursday night football in Penwortham

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.

Another Draw

At Least We Made A Point

Back to seven players this week, Goose in nets, Phil and Jake at the back, Mark, Chris and Sean in the middle and Andy up front. Up against Redline FC - the sort of annoying team that like to pass the ball around quickly and precisely. Off we went, giving as good as we got, Goose not too busy in goals, plenty of huff and puff and effort from us. Not much in the first 10 minutes, then a Redline move creates an opening, a well hit shot, they're 1 - 0 up. We stick at it, grab an equaliser by half time - Andy knocks one in - and it's all to play for in the second half.

Second half, more of the same. Half way through, Andy tries to take the ball round a defender, gets fouled but the ball immediately breaks loose to Mark, who calmly knocks it in the back of the net. 2 - 1 up and 10 minutes to play. We're hanging on a bit, Redline have more of the ball, they're becoming more and more anxious, but we manage to fend them off. Then, with the last strike on goal of the match, a Jake own goal (header) gives them the equaliser.

Much gloom (after coming so close to taking all 3 points).

Redline FC    2 - 2     Never Odd or Even

Next week - 29th November - we are playing Man Dem at 9.15pm.

That's More Like It

Points Proving Particularly Patchy

Back to 7 players this week - hurrah - with a special guest appearance from Chris Heaney, back in Preston for a weekend's rest and recovery. So we started, and finished, with Goose in nets, Joe and Phil at the back, Matt, Sean and Chris in midfield and Andy up front, Mark Heaney was on the touchline ready to respond to any crisis. We had a couple of competitive games against Unathletico Madrid last season, how would this one turn out?

Not much in it for the first 10 minutes, Goose made a couple of good stops and we had a similar number of efforts. Then Andy unleashed a left foot thunderbolt from 20 years out that flew into the bottom left hand corner of the net, 1 - 0 up. Well that just upset our opponents, a tremendous shot, 25 yards out, from the touchline flew in to the net, a back pass to Goose ended up with their attacker nicking it past our helpless keeper. so 2 - 1 down at halftime.

We upped the intensity and work rate in the second half and looked a lot better, Unathletico were being pretty well contained. Mid way through the second half we got the equaliser. A few minutes later we made it 3 - 2, we just need to hang on for the last 5 minutes. Sounds easy, not quite so straightforward in real life. Unathletico get their equaliser with the last kick of the game.

First point of the season, I know how Neil Warnock feels, if only we could have signed Mitrovic!

Never Odd or Even     3 - 3     Unathletico Madrid

Next week - Redline FC are our opponents at 8.30pm on the 25th October.