Rowley College 2 Maple Leaf 2

Firstly all credit again to Maple Leaf whose commitment, workrate and endeavour are a credit to themselves and their manager. We have played two hectic games against them in which we have had much possession, many chances and yet have not managed to beat them. In fact the games were remarkably similar. Both were weather effected: today’s game was played in a howling wind and both saw them come from behind to lead only for us to equalise and then just fail to finish them off. Also we saw another terrific performance from their keeper (half a dozen decent saves today)

Having had a couple of disappointing performances, we were looking to start the month on the front foot, though this was not helped by losing Christie, Tom and our player-manager Mark to injury. Nevertheless it was an experienced looking side which started with great intent. With Fowler down the middle, young Haydon came in for his first start at 10 with licence to maraud. However it was Brad who made the first impression chasing down a clearance and then lobbing into the goal beyond two defenders. We were playing football from the start and further chances fell to Ben, the second of which was expertly saved (a sign of things to come). However we know they have a threat up front and had a warning when a misplaced header sent their forward in only for Lee to make a fine save. Five minutes later they equalised when a couple of mistakes let their lad in: his determination though was admirable!

It seemed like a blip and both Matt (header back post) and Olly (free back post) went close before half time. We turned round determined for the slope to be an advantage. The chances continued to come but their keeper was terrific. One from Ben Smith was full length and Nathan was not quite able to net the rebound. They had a threat on the break though and Lee made a very good save to his left before calamity struck when their pacey forward pressurised Chris into a reckless punt back over his keeper’s head but sadly not over the bar. Panic thankfully was shortlived as we equalised almost immediately when Ben Fowler crashed in a cross shot.

Plenty of time for a winner but despite our best efforts it was not to be. Josh came closest, doing everything right, inside the defender, opening his body only for his shot to be a little too ‘good’ when a pass in was required. It was actually a good game to watch so credit to both teams.

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