Before I (Myatt) do todays report, i’m going to do a quick review of our last 3 fixtures that I have not managed to get round to doing a report for:
St Marys 1 vs 1 Clarendon: This was a very hard fought game between 2 great teams. Clarendon have added a few new players this year and have their old pace and energy back which makes it very hard to play against them, especially committing men forward when you know that they will break quickly and in numbers. Clarendon took the lead in this match with just such a break and went in 1-0 up, We then equalised through Weideman and both sides missed a couple of chances to win it with Clarendons stand in keeper Matt Williams pulling off a couple of blinding saves and Lutwyche in goal for us doing likewise. In the end I think a draw was a fair result
Selly Oak 1 v 5 St Marys: This was a bit of a weird game as it was effectively over as a contest by the ten minute mark with us grabbing two early goals despite Selly Oak passing the ball around nicely from the start. Weideman broke clear twice after good closing down and finished clinically. We then seemed to take our foot off the pedal and Selly Oak carried on keeping the ball but not really penetrating, They did have a couple of half chances with a lob going just wide and a decent penalty shout rejected. Second half was much of the same with us doing just enough and Selly Oak probing when they could. We went down to ten men after a bad tackle on Locke forced him off after we had used all of our subs. I think that was at 3-0 after Weideman had completed his hat-trick and with 10 men we got two more on the break through a good Sheward run and finish from a tight angle and a tidy finish when clear through by Beeson. Selly Oak then grabbed a consolation. A comfortable victory and job done.,
St Marys 6 v 0 City Church: Watching the first 15 minutes of this game you wouldn’t have thought that it would end up 6-0 to us, although Lutwyche didnt have much to do in Goal. A young and skilful City team pressed us all over the pitch and kept the ball well. Once we had weathered this mini storm we clicked into gear and managed to get ahead adding regular goals throughout the game with goals from Delacy, Coleman, Weideman, Rudd got his 2nd of the season with a header and Beeson got two including finishing it off with a fine scooped finish with the last kick of the game.
Onto todays game. We came into this knowing that a win was vital to keep up with Connects blistering start ahead of our match up next week. Build up wasn’t ideal with us losing Harris Friday night and Locke 5 mins before kick off due to injury, However we still had a good team after a reshuffle. Unfortunately for us Clarendon were on their game from the start and we seemed lackadaisical, not playing with our normal energy. Clarendon had a header from a corner excellently cleared off the line by Buller early on and took the lead when I dawdled on a through ball and was dispossessed with the following square ball being tapped in (So much for my team talk of not doing anything stupid, the joys of player management hey…). A change in tactics gave us a foothold in the game creating a couple of chances but Clarendon doubled their lead and took control of the game with a good run and finish. We got through to half time and had a good ‘chat’ and brought Oldham on to try to shore up the midfield.
Luckily my team talk regarding trying to do Neil a favour and prove Kovacs Kolumn correct seemed to work! (edit: cheers John hahaha). 5 minutes into the second half some good football found Oldham 30 yards out where he took one touch and drilled a fantastic strike into the far top corner. This was the jolt we needed and we proceeded to dominate the next 10-15 minutes without getting the second goal. Clarendon were always dangerous and then came right back into what was now an even game. The defining moment may have been a ball breaking in our box at 2-1 and being smashed from 6 yards out straight at my outstretched leg. 3-1 would probably have been game over but we soon equalised when Beeson broke clear and finished well. We then both pushed for the last 10 minutes and after good work in the corner by Weideman, Beeson went of a weaving run into the area and was brought down for a pretty clear penalty which Coleman confidently dispatched. We then saw out the final 2.5mins with 10 men behind the ball! A great game and advertisement for WMCFL played in a great spirit by all players and officials.