Gremlins with the web site meant I was unable to publish the following match report which was received in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Thanks to Steve Rose from Dudley Lions for his continued reports.
Delph Athletic 2 vs 0 Dudley Lions
After playing Delph 4 times last year, we came into our 4th game this season with both teams having conceded only 4 goals each so we sure were looking forward to this one.
After an initial cagey spell with both teams finding their feet, then Delph took an early lead following a deep freekick to an unmarked Ed Sutton who smartly dispatched his shot into the net, not the ideal start to a game, especially when your pre match talk was all about keeping it tight for the first 15 minutes and not letting players the quality of Ed see much of the ball!
We pretty much, yet again, dominated the remainder of the 1st half, but a lack of a good old fashioned ‘gamble’ form the forward line meant several crosses went into the box but no one to tuck them away.
Second half was a fairly evenly contested piece, but yet again our attempts to pull back the equaliser were proving to be elusive.
When you’re playing a team like Delph, whose forwards can sometimes pressure you into mistakes, you try to keep things tight, not give the ball away…..unfortunately, one or two of our boys missed that memo!
The 2nd, and decisive, goal came courtesy of one such pressurised mistake. After losing the ball, the Delphs forward burst through one on one with Josh, who saved smartly only for the rebound to fall to Ed Sutton again (the player we said to try and keep quiet!) who tucked it away.
Despite that goal, we tried get back into the game, but the Delphs defensive line and game management held strong, and the score ended 2-0.
Onwards and upwards, Cup football next, with us playing host to Brierley Hill AOG