Match Report, 23rd November

Rowley College 2 vs 5 City Church

Thanks to the ever reliable Pete Bennett for his match report regarding this weeks match.

A chastening experience for us this morning as City caught us cold after four weeks of inactivity and were ruthless in what otherwise was a pretty even match. I want to offer no excuses, we were missing Josh and the departed Finn but had a strong side and plenty of attacking intent.  City had a plan, which is all very well at this level, but which today was very well executed.  It was based on a high press and loads of endeavour and it was absolutely the difference because it gave the impression that they just wanted it more while we played within ourselves, were largely neat and tidy and trailed 4-0 at half time.

We were shell-shocked to be honest because it in no sense felt like that kind of game. We’d started well with Shola holding it up well and Fowler rampaging down the right and Hayden breaking it up in midfield. When they scored a scrappy goal from a corner it seemed like a setback but as we pushed forward so they caught us on the break (and I mean purposefully with four or five runners).  Their striker was pacy and tricky alongside Dan’s culture and guile and three further shots produced three further goals while we failed to find the killer ball.

At half time we didn’t need harsh words but we did need a way forward.  Ben Smith dropped in at the back and Mark pushed forward to provide presence in the middle and it seemed to work immediately.  We had most of the second half, pretty much City’s only second half chance provided a further goal though. Either side of this Fowler scored two back: first played in by Matty Smith then set up by Shola’s tireless work. They were all good second half with Brad once again the pick of the bunch both defensively and offensively. Not easy to take but congratulations to City and thanks to ref Andy who had a really good game today.

Just to echo what Neil said about next week’s commemorative game (edit, Club Secretaries received a communication from me yesterday, more will follow on here later this week): Kev was the League secretary who welcomed Rowley to the WMCFL in 1992 and instrumental in the success and continuation of the league but also a really good bloke (even when he kicked you he’d shake your hand afterwards!): greatly missed and rightly remembered.

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