St Mary’s 4 Rowley College 1

Today a tribute to worthy champions because saving a Devon Lock style collapse that’s what St Mary’s will deservedly be. We managed to stop them having the perfect season a few weeks ago with a hard fought 2-2 but today we were well beaten by a better side. Though missing Ben Fowler and Clive we had a decent team out and were intent on keeping things tight but despite living with them up the slope we were undone by two first half goals. Both were perfect finishes, the second an imperious free kick from Shaun that gave Lee no chance.

We turned around disappointed but keen to have a go, moving to 4-4-2 to give the hard-working McKenzie some support. However they were even more dangerous up the slope, playing with momentum and grace. This is a team renewed. Four or five years ago they had rejoined the pack but now they are back setting the standards. They play football the right way and encourage one another to do so, back to front. Even after Phil had a clearance charged down, they didn’t stop using him as an extra outfield player. The ginger haired lad they had in centre mid today was brilliant: he ran the show alongside the usual suspects. Within fifteen minutes of the restart we were four down despite the best efforts of our excellent defenders and keeper.

Still we pressed with Olly and Ben working their socks off and Ben at least managed to score the goal of the game as a consolation: lofted drive on the turn that even Phil could only gape at! We will hope to get a positive result next time out to send us into the summer break. Meanwhile hats off to St Mary’s : a credit to this league!

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