Match Report – 23rd February

Match Report from Pete Bennett, Rowley College.

Rowley College 3 vs 2 Life Central

Having lost six on the bounce without being terrible, Rowley chose to buck the trend the week I was off teaching Research Methods to MA students (though my first thought of the morning was whether we’d got a goalkeeper!). This then is ‘hearsay’ but having written six ‘what if..’ reports in a row I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss out on a famous victory against arguably the best team we’ve played this season and some six weeks after the same team had beaten us 6-1 (does this give hope to Chelsea I wonder?). (edit: just kicked off at time of posting report, Neil).  Then I wrote “The problem today was Life Central just looked a really good side” and that “They showed the standards to which we must aspire”. Thankfully, we’ve kept at it and with a keeper freshly installed last week we did more than enough to get something at Chawn (who are having another comfortably impressive season): having Matt out of goal being as important as having a better keeper in it.

We were also able to add Mark, Clive and Jack to the side that competed well with Life Central and Josh, our centre forward had been excellent the week before. I was also lifted by Neil’s prediction that we’d get something, though Andy’s 1-3 seemed statistically more likely. It turned out to be a bit of a cracker with goals scored and disallowed, ebb and flow and Leon almost saving the game for them by running through most of our team!

By all accounts we defended well (as you have to) and offered plenty of threat.  Jack put us one up from the spot. We then conceded two sloppy goals which ruined our good work and had Mark enraged but had the resolve to come back and win the game with two goals from Josh (so well deserved). Game of plenty chances and action: Clive got a special mention but largely a terrific team performance.  All the best to Life Central who are still a really good team!  For the record this was our 20th game versus Life Central/ Zion Athletic:

Zion Athletic/ Life Central

20

8

2

10

43

53

We fared slightly less well against their other source club, Amblecote who were for a time our bogey team.

Amblecote

28

8

6

14

45

70

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