Monyhull’s first game in our top division coincided today with the first game of our twenty fifth season as a club (twenty four of these in the WMCFL). Twenty five years ago we started in the Wolverhampton Amateur League with a 12-0 defeat (though the result was recorded as 11-0!) and a year later we were welcomed into the WMCFL with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Beacons. In the latter game we performed much like Monyhull today: we were very much in the game, committed and energetic but lost out to a little more ‘nouse’. For today’s match was exactly what you’d expect from a first game of the season against a newly promoted team, which can equally seen as either a good or bad time to play them.
They certainly gave account of themselves and have some skilful players including a pacey right winger who was a constant threat. They also had massive amounts of energy and enthusiasm and it was important for us to take the sting out of the game early on. Thankfully our experience and quality defensively ensured they had limited penetration with keeper Lee ably supported by Chris, South and the returning Matt Williams. We also had strength in the centre of midfield where Christy played just ahead of the excellent Olly and young Ben Smith and ensured we had some control.
Monyhull started brighter but we began to settle down and play our football and our first extended move saw Sammy move the ball through to Craig who managed to play it to Christy who appeared to be moving right but instead held it up and sent the ball left to Clive via Ben. Clive then dropped a perfect cross onto Olly’s head for 1-0.
Monyhull then had their best period and were unlucky not to level things when their centre forward strayed just offside before calmly finishing. This kept us ahead by half time and asking for a little more guile. Monyhull kept at it second half but we began to have more and better chances. A scramble following a corner saw Craig score our second and young Tom Cartin came off the bench to stretch them and might have had a hat trick. He did sweep in a third before the end and lee made a sharp save to keep the clean sheet intact.
All the best to John and his boys for the season!