Match Report off Joshua Briley from Delph Athletic
Dudley Lions 1 vs 0 Delph Athletic
Having played Dudley twice before & won once & lost once we came into this game knowing it would be a very tough game.
Dudley kicked off & straight away we had them on the back foot, our high pressing causing an issue for them on the ball which in turn gave us the upper hand. We had the better of the first half, having more of the ball & creating more chances – Our front 3 had several chances each & worked tirelessly to continue getting in behind the Dudley defence, unfortunately for us, the Dudley Defence hung on, with some great Goalkeeping & 4 Goal Line clearances from defenders preventing us taking the lead. Dudley then grew into the game a bit more & the first half opened up into an end to end half, Dudley hit the bar with a header although our new signing & man of the match Craig in Goal did get finger tips on it to ensure the deadlock was not broken.
0-0 at Half time.
The second half continued in the same way the first half ended, end to end with no team really on top or able to find any kind of rhythm, we did hit the bar through Joel Gooding & Jake Walton forced the Dudley GK into making a great save from a free kick just outside the box. Around the 85 minute mark Dudley then made what has to be an illegal substitution – There has to be protection in the game at this level for defenders, it’s simply unacceptable to have a player on the bench who is as quick as the young lad they brought on!!
This ultimately made the difference and a ball past our defence set the striker through on goal & he finished from a tight angle into the top corner. Lots of questions left for us after that goal – Was this Usain Bolt in a 17 year old’s body? If Dean our CB had set out last week would he have still beaten him to the ball? – Being just a couple of them.
We finished the game gutted to have lost, that puts an end to our unbeaten run which has lasted since November. Still lots of games left for us & we do have an eye on the teams above us.
On another day we could & probably would have been 4-0 up at half time, unfortunately today that wasn’t the case and Dudley’s last ditch defending won them the game. A good game all round really, played in a competitive spirit, shame for either team to lose as it was a tight game but as we all know if you don’t take your chances you open yourselves up for a result like this (& if your opposition has the fastest kid in the world to bring on it does make a difference).
We look forward to playing Dudley again in April – Next up though it’s Living Hope for us!
The 1st 15 minutes Christ Church was on top and looked likely to get the 1st goal, however with the 1st attack from Excel they took the lead. A free kick into the back post was put away and we found ourselves on top but a goal down. The goal seemed to not affect us and we continued to attack and 5 minutes later after some good work in the middle from Jordy and Mubin the ball found Craig on the edge who found the top corner with a delightful outside of the foot shot. Having got back level we started playing some nice 3 touch football with Scott Mubin and Jordy. Not long after we took the lead when Scott played in Craig on the left who curled the ball past the keeper and in the bottom corner. A good response and a well deserved 2 goals from Craig. Soon after we got a 3rd, a bit of luck with this goal. After Mitch out jumped 2 defenders and headed over the keeper the ball seemed to be creeping in only for the Excel defender to clear it off the line. Unfortunately he cleared into the face of Bob 2 yards out and the ball went in 3-1 ht.
2nd half we made a change with Nath coming on. We started the 2nd half with the same intensity but once again found Excel get through only for a fantastic save from Lee (stand in keeper) the ref pointed to the spot and gave a penalty. Excel unlucky to hit the post however I do think had it been inside the post Lee would have saved it as he was down to his right leaving no space for the ball to pass him, we cleared and set out getting more goals. We didn’t have long to wait as Craig was then brought down in the box an again the ref pointed to the spot (at this point a player on a hat-trick would normally step up, however Craig handed the ball to Nath which not many strikers on a hat-trick would do so massive fair play to him for that) Nath slotted away the pen to make it 4-1. Excel seemed to be tiring and with our energy we camped in their half for the last 25 minutes. Our 5th goal came from Nath after a ball in from Scott beat the defender in the box, Bob knocked the ball past the defender only be taken down but with the advantage played Nath was there to poke home for his 2nd. 5-1.The next goal was 1 to forget for the keeper, and nearly miss of the season from Bob. The keeper clearing the ball quick he hit his own player with the ball landing to Bob 4 yards out a simple task of the empty goal seemed to easy and he very nearly put the ball wide. (Relieved to see it land in the net) 6-1. The 7th followed shortly and another relieved player in Jordy. Having missed 4 or 5 shots he finally found the back of the net when a ball across from Nath found him on the edge he managed to hit the target and the net (now taking the nickname 1in10) Excel had no answer for our attacks and pace upfront, Luke breaking down an attack on the right sent a long ball over the top finding Nath, with him running through the 8th goal was never in doubt with a fine finish and his 3rd goal of the game. The 9th came shortly after Jordy an screeny breaking up play in the middle a ball out to Nath who crossed to the back post for Bob to lob the on rushing keeper and grabbing his 3rd goal. 9-1.ft