Match Report – 17th November – Pete Bennett

The ever reliable Pete from Rowley College provides us with his insight on Rowley’s 2nd Round Cup Tie with Monyhull Church yesterday. I love Pete’s reports because win, lose or draw, you never sense any sort of bias in them and the fact that he puts the effort in virtually every single week to do a report. He gets the inclusivity of the League and how people love to hear how games have happened rather than just a scoreline. I doff my hat to you kind Sir.

Rowley College 2 vs 0 Monyhull Church

Very much a revenge mission today for a real drubbing that Monyhull gave us in the league.  We thought that the 4-0 last time might have made them complacent but none of it: they were every bit as good today but we were so much better. The key were players at the heart of the team who missed the last encounter. Firstly Matty Williams who alongside today’s skipper Chris Staien created a secure base for everything and a bulwark against Monyhull’s dangerous forward s (together with Kev and Joe) and ably assisted by Lee who was immaculate today: confident and when required (at vital moments) agile and brilliant. Secondly , the player manager who provided the presence and stability that we so lacked last time and finally Clive, who rarely fails to demand my ‘man-of-the-match’ tag. Today he went head to head with their best player (and one of the league’s most accomplished) Oli Smith and I feel had the better of things and massively limiting Monyhull’s capabilities.

This was still a difficult game and we also got performances from three who found the first encounter one to forget: Kev was first to everything and both Ben and Josh were terrific today and ended up bagging our two goals. We were once again missing a clutch of players which gave another start to Ken, (who did well) and brought Adam and new signing Matt to the bench.  Meanwhile we set up 4-5-1 with Matty Stanton right hand side of midfield and Josh holding it up up-front.  Kicking down the slope we had decent early intent but the game was pretty even.  One thing we sought to exploit was our height advantage and our first chance came when South flicked on and Josh brought a great save from their keeper.  We were also benefiting from the attention Josh and South were attracting as targets and the chief beneficiary was Matt Stanton enjoying his unfamiliar role in midfield.  Matt brought a good save from the keeper and put chance high and wide in the first half alone. This was either side of our goal which was assisted by Matt (who threw it in) and their full back who inadvertently headed it on for our smallest player Ben Smith to head in.

We started the second half then 1-0 and up the hill and brought on our latest acquisition Matt Suffield after five minutes: he was strong and able and made a real difference.  Matt Stanton had another couple of chances before he left the field and shortly afterwards Josh ran beyond their centre half and fairly thumped it home for a well-deserved goal.  This ‘cushion’ was almost short-lived when they created a great chance and Lee made a vital one-handed save.  I thought we were really good second half, though Monyhull gave everything.  Andy the ref was also good and when he blew his whistle I realised we’d won at home for the first time this season.

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