13 Sep 2014 – Many apologies for delay in publishing this report
By Andy Wilcoxson
After disappointing defeats against Chawn Hill, 2-0, in our opening game, and last weekend a heavy defeat against St Mary’s, 4-0, in our inaugural season in Division One.
Today we recorded our first win of the season, with a hard fought 2-1 victory over City Church at Hydes Road home.
The first half was a stalemate with both teams lacking quality in front of goal, Tom Collins hit a slot from distance just over the cross bar for our first opportunity. City were reduced to 10 men midway through the half. It took us until the 27th minute for us to break the deadlock with Jamie Holder picking up the ball from a poor clearance on the left hand side, attacking the goal, and slotting the ball past the City keeper, 1-0.
On the stroke of half time we lost Josh Chell, our rock at the back to injury, hopefully he’ll be fit for next week.
Daniel Griffiths replaced Josh Chell during the break at centre half for his club debut partnering another debutant Ross Price. The second half continued in a similar manner to the first until on 63 minutes Jamie Holder was passed a ball on the edge of the area from Chris Watson, Jamie turned the defender, using his mercurial footwork, rolling the ball past another avoiding his tackle to calmly slot the ball home from a tight angle, 2-0.
Tom Dugmore replaced Jake Henson on 75 minutes resulting in Gary Lunt switching from his right hand berth to the left side. City kept pressing and continued to threaten, you would have struggled at times to see they only had 10 players; and they were finally rewarded on 87 minutes with a ball looping over debutant Star keeper, Karl Hunt, 2-1. City created one more decent chance to equalise with our keeper pushing the goal bound shot wide for a corner but we managed to hold on for our first win.
Good luck to City, thanks to the referee and his two assistants. Next week we visit Clarendon.