Delph Athletic 3 Monyhull Church 2
The season starts for us with 4 home games, the first being a real challenge against recently relegated Monyhull.
We had played them twice in pre-season with us both picking up a narrow win so we knew it would be a tight game. Both teams tend to try to get the ball down & play football & I think they will be right up there come the end of the season, they are a very technically capable team who can really drag you out of position with their off the ball movement.
A lot of absentees meant that some of our new recruits got a chance to put a marker on the team & get their first competitive start.
I wasn’t at the game but below is the report given to me by one our management committee who were present:
‘We went 1-0 down within 2 minutes of the first half then scored after 15.
We then missed a penalty through Rich with 10 minutes to go in the first half but by that point we had grown into the game & were playing some good football.
1-1 at HT.
Half time we spoke calmly and it really helped as in the second half we really turned the performance on.
The Effort, Communication & positioning in the 2nd half was really impressive for us. We got 2 quick goals through some really nice play & the relationship up front between Nat & rich was really dangerous for us.
Nat went on to win our Man of the Match vote.’
A shout out to our debutants – Rich, Will, Brandon & George. They all had great pre-seasons for us & have all been top additions to our squad & should make competition for places really tough. Looks like those who were away will have to really fight to get their places in the team back.
So a first win for us in the new season. We’re hoping we can start this season in the form we finished last season. It took us until December to get our second win of the season & climb off the bottom of the table so we are hoping for a slightly different fate this season. Next up for us it’s a Home Derby against Brierley Hill A.O.G who we share a home pitch with this season.