‘On a surprisingly bright & sunny September morning, Delph Athletic & Christ Church Coseley began their maiden WMCFL season with a minutes silence, which was a great time for all involved to be thankful for the many blessings we have in this life.
The Game kicked off with both teams looking to make their mark on the league.
The Delphs capitalised on Christ Church not starting too well & for the first 15 minutes played some really nice football, but unfortunately couldn’t take the chances we created.
Christ Church then made 2 great counter-attacking moves which resulted in 2 similar goals, a very pacey number 11 for Christ Church breaking with the ball, who played in their number 9 for him to square it to their other striker to slot in the first goal. Second goal was very similar, although it was the finish of the season by our very own Joel Gooding, our first goal of the season unfortunately happened to be in our own net. 2-0, although I’m sure the Christ Church striker will be claiming it, and I’m sure Joel will be more than willing for him to have it. (edit: yes it’s been claimed. Neil).
We then continued pressing & a great run from Ed Sutton resulted in a penalty (A very dubious penalty we must add, although Ed’s lucky as we all thought he’d overran it). Ed was rewarded for his non-stop running & slotted home the penalty to make it 2-1.
HT – 2-1 Christchurch.
We came out in the 2nd half hoping to continue the nice football we were trying to play & hopefully take some of our chances, in honesty, it didn’t happen. Christ Church looked like a team that simply had more football under their belts than us. Maybe we got a bit tired & we made a few sloppy mistakes all over the pitch which all led to goals, the game ended 5-1.
For us, there were lots of positives & all 5 goals probably could have been dealt with, which we will work on as we gain more 11 a side experience as a team.
Full credit to Christ Church, who made the most of their chances & defended well against us all game. Their keeper was in top form.
Jack Follis was voted our team’s man of the match by our players, his influence in the game up until he had to go off with an injury was clearly noted.
Good Luck to Christ Church – We look forward to playing them again in January where we will look to put up more of a fight for the full 90 minutes.’