Thanks to Lee McGahan for his match report from Saturdays match against Delph Athletic
Christ Church Coseley 4 vs 2 Delph Athletic
Christ Church Coseley welcomed Delph Athletic to Churchfields this morning knowing that a win by 2 goals would see us move back up into 2nd place we knew this game would be tough. We have faced Delph a number of times now and we know they are a really good side. With the wind playing havoc the 1st half started with Christ Church with the wind behind them we knew we would need to take advantage of this. It didn’t take long before we took the lead when a free kick out on the left was whipped in by Josh D, finding the head of Bob with the keeper saving only to push the ball back into the open space for Bob to get the rebound and put us 1 up. This settled us down and we started to play the ball around in the middle keeping Delphs attacks down to minimum with some great work in the middle and defence. it was soon 2-0 after some good play in the middle Smithy knocked a ball over the top for Bob and what followed was roll back of the year with the biggest playground shin rolled volley that seemed to dip over the Delph keeper and landed in the back of the net. (Personally I’m gonna say I meant it lol)
At 2-0 both wingers looked dangerous and both went close with 1 shot going inches wide from Nas and Craig firing over from the edge we looked like every attack could result in a goal. With about 8 minutes of the half left our concentration slipped and a Delph player found some space in the middle skipping past the midfield and defence before firing low in the corner past the keeper. 2-1. This gave Delph a bit of confidence and they finished the half stronger.
2nd half we made a change and with the wind against us we knew it was going to be a long 45 minutes. For 15 minutes we felt the pressure and couldn’t manage to get the ball out of our half. Delph capitalized on this when the number 8 struck a shot from about 25 yards that hit the underside of the bar and just crossed the line. So again from 2-0 up we found ourselves pegged back and under pressure. Delph came close again an the number 8 nearly mirrored his goal however his shot came back of the bar and we cleared our lines.
Then came probably 2 saves of the game when Lewis got down to his left to push a shot away destined for the back of the net and a free kick destined for the corner was cleared off the line by Jake. Our determination and patience then paid off with the midfield winning a few balls the break was on, Jordan skipping past the Delph rb and putting the ball across to Bob who completed the hat-trick with a tap in. I think that was pretty much our 1st real attack in the 2nd half and we were back in front. Delph then looking for a reply pushed forward and a few more chances came our way but last man defending from both sides stopped either strikers scoring. With 5 minutes left and looking more calm we broke again with the never stopping engine in the middle found a ball out to Nas who had moved upfront, he went into the box an clipped a ball up to the back post for Clive to nod home to give us the 4th, It could have been 5 a minute later with Nas again delivering a ball into the box and Jordan tried the over head kick but didn’t connect quite right an the ball went wide. (Trying to out do his dad)
Today was another tough game but once again another top draw performance, under pressure 2nd half we showed we have a lot in us to battle until the end. Taking nothing away from Delph today as they will walk off probably disappointed not to have got anything from the game. Any neutral watching today would have seen a very good game. Onto the Div 2 Cup next week and we will again be looking for a win to guarantee a semi final place.(hopefully the rain stays off and it’s not a wasted trip to Monyhull)
Man of the match was tough because no player deserved to not get it however we can only choose 1 player and that was Screeny.
Back in today after being dropped last week and putting in a monster performance in the middle with Craig Tom and later on Reece an Nas. Brilliant attitude and display from all today.