Thursday night football in Penwortham

Bit of a Drought

But a Small Shower in the Second Half

Nearly maxed out with nine players this week - Paul, Andy and Matt returned to a side who the previous week had been the first to take 3 points off the league leaders - how would we fit them in? Well, Gary's unavailability made things slightly easier, so we started with pretty much the same side that played last week, Goose in nets, Joe and Jake at the back, Phil and Mark with Matt alongside them in midfield and Sean up front. Paul and Andy held in reserve for 'impact' appearances later in the game. Mike Rigby styling his relaxed autumn wardrobe on the touchline this week, would it make a difference?

We looked a little weary for the first 15 minutes, Scrap & Co weren't causing us too many problems, but we weren't troubling their defence too much either. Give and take, nip and tuck, not a lot in it. However, cometh the hour, cometh the man, Mark Heaney stepped forward to score our first goal of the night and his fifth in six matches and we went in at half time 1 - 0 to the good. No place for sentiment in coaching, Heaney was off (his refusal to chase down a ball towards the end of the first half simply wasn't good enough) - Andy came on in his place. Joe came off as well (his niggly foul tally was on a rapid rise during the first twenty minutes and it was time for some fresh (?) legs in defence). On came Paul! Andy played up top, Sean dropped to midfield and Paul for Joe was a like-for-like swap (in at least one sense).

Second half started and it was much the same as the first, Scrap & Co were still mounting some attacks, but nothing up to now with a finishing touch on target. Andy wound his left foot up a number of times, but it took until his 4th attempt for him to drill it hard and low into the corner of the net with 10 minutes to go. Matt came off to make way for a re-entering Mark and Phil and Joe swapped a pitch position for a touchline position. A clumsy challenge just inside the Scrap & Co penalty area saw us get our just rewards, was Andy stepping up to take the penalty - I couldn't look - no, Sean was taking it, so I could watch him slot it low and hard into the corner of the goal. Less than 5 minutes to go, another Scrap & Co attack down our left hand side, they work the ball into a tight position and lo and behold dispatch it confidently into the back of the net. Was this going too be a tense end game? Not really, Andy grabbed a second and we closed put the match with a 3 goal advantage.

And, fashionistas, Mike Rigby's relaxed autumn wardrobe made no difference to the game or outcome.

Never Odd or Even     4 - 1     Scrap & Co

Next week - Redstar Fulwood - clash of the titans - are our opponents at 7.45pm on the 22nd November.

Taking on Table Toppers

The Taller They Are ….

The harder they fall.

Seven players again this week - injuries to Paul and Andy, Matt unavailable - so we had Goose in nets, Joe and Jake at the back, Gary, Phil and Mark in midfield and Sean up front. But this week we were up against the undefeated league leaders, after a bit of a mauling last week, how was the going to play out? New formation, Mike Rigby present in his management clothes, could it make a difference?

Not much in it for the first 15 minutes, Goose wasn't too busy, we had 2 or 3 chances but couldn't quite do enough to get the ball in the back of the net. Then a half chance for Ajax Trees Down from distance, a gap in the defence and a low powerful shot all combined o leave Goose on the deck and the ball in the back of the net. The last 5 minutes saw us still looking pretty comfortable and we went in to half time a goal down. Disappointed to be losing by one goal, probably the best 20 minutes we've played so far this season.

Second half started and it was much the same as the first, we were giving as good as we got and Goose was having to work too hard. Then Phil breaks through from the left hand side of midfield, hits a shot towards the goal - was it going to the right side of the post? - Mark Heaney gets in the way, adds some pace to it, re-directs it and we're back in the game at 1 - 1. Ten minutes to go, anything's possible. The ball is being moved from one end of the pitch to another, chances for both sides. Sean has a shot, Mark intercepts it, plays it off his knee and into the back of the net, but they all count. We hold on for the last 5 minutes. Job done. 2 - 1 win. League leaders cut down to size (at least for this week). Moves us 2 places up the table.

Ajax Trees Down     1 - 2     Never Odd or Even

Next week - Scrap & Co are our opponents at 7pm on the 15th November.