Thanks to Pete Bennett from Rowley for the following report.
Rowley College 3 vs 3 Amblecote Nomads
I was off teaching this morning so missed another exciting game involving our lads. Here then is a summary of three accounts (Mark, Chris and Dale).
Two competitive teams shared 6 goals. We thought we had the best of it but Nomads both defended well and were efficient in front of goal (3 goals from 4 chances).
We were once again rather patched up and missing our keeper: thanks to Jamie for standing in and doing well.
Matt Smith impressed on his first start alongside Ben Smith.
We opened the scoring up the slope with Josh bagging his 6th in 4 starts. They scored a ‘rifled’ equaliser but we continued to press. Chris made a mistake common these days in the Premier League by playing too much across the back and finding only their centre forward then Joe equalised with a long ball forward which evaded everyone (comedy of errors). There was some controversy late on (no criticism of the ref or our opponents) around the award of a free kick which led to their third goal. This led to us trying out the sin bin (X2) and attempting a recovery with 9 men. But we did. Last minute penalty which Ben Fowler converted (for 3 in 3 this season). Breathless stuff.
Also my thanks go to Joshua Briley from Delph Athletic for this match report.
Delph Athletic 2 vs 0 Dudley Lions
We came into this game off the back of 3 wins out of 3. In all of those games we have conceded within the first 10 minutes & found ourselves behind so we were keen to buck the trend at the 4th time of asking against Dudley.
We played Dudley 4 times last season & knew that we would encounter a tight game. They are a big physical team that can play the ball around on the ground but are also highly dangerous when their deep lying playmaker starts to ping balls over the top of a defence.
The game started quite slowly in the first few minutes, we then won a free kick just inside the Dudley half which was whipped in by Grant Esp to the back post where an unmarked Ed Sutton took it first time on the volley to make it 1-0.
From there, Dudley controlled the whole of the first half, although our back 4 reduced them to only being able to make chances from shots from distance.
The second half continued much like the first with Dudley controlling the ball & not letting us play football at all with some relentless pressing & tracking back, much like the first half though, our defence stayed resolute & Dudley never really had a clear goal scoring opportunity.
With around 15 minutes to go Nat Harding then tackled a Dudley defender who had the ball at his feet & burst away towards the Dudley goal, he rifled a left footed shot from the left side of the box across the keeper who saved really well, only for the ball to fall at the feet of Ed Sutton who tapped it home to make it 2-0.
The game played out in the same manner, we just couldn’t really get started at all in the game but luckily for us we defended well for the full 90 minutes to earn a much deserved first clean sheet of the season.