Prediction Challenge Update + Some Match Reports 25/02/16

I have been able to do a quick catch up regarding the Prediction Challenge between myself and the Club Secs. The last 4 weeks has seen challenges off Rob from St Michael, Adam From W’ton & P before they left the league and the last 2 weeks off John from Monyhull Church. I gained some ground by beating Rob 7-4 but lost the following week to Adam 1-3. The week after against John resulted in a draw 2-2 with only 3 matches played. John was my opponent again owing to that and I gained some more ground winning 7-3. The Club Secs still have the upper hand though leading 106-97 so far.

I’m glad to say we have more than 1 Rowley match report this week and I cannot think of anywhere better to start off with than Living Hope Church United’s report.

LHC 8 V 0 HAWBUSH

Bob Lee writes,

17th October 2015. LHC beat St Thomas 6-2. 9 league games later and 810 minutes without a win. Losing 9 Conceding 60 goals and scoring just 18, we come to today.
Turning up after the last few weeks of games being called off we walked the pitches to find 1 pitch playable. Luckily the weather has been nice this week and it was game on.

LHC got the game underway and both sides seemed to settle in quickly, with a few chances either end, LHC made the breakthrough with Bob netting after a good save from the keeper. This seemed to spur the lads on to create more chances and around half hour mark Bob was brought down in the box and the verdict was a penalty. Will admit it wasn’t the best penalty but it hit the net and that’s all that counts. 2-0. Not long after that a good few passes between Lee Ralphy and Bob with the flag staying down and the ball was put past the keeper for Bobs hat trick to make it 3-0 and put LHC in a position we have not been in for quite some time. Last 10 minutes of the half we created chances and was unlucky not to go in at ht with a bigger lead.
H.t 3-0

2nd half Hawbush seemed to wake up and they had a good spell of possession but any chance of a comeback was soon put to bed when a cross from the right was met by Jake to power home a superb header. 4-0. Not long after that Ralphy was sent through 1 on 1 with the keeper, with so much time he put it past him to make it 5-0. A few subs were made and on came Ben, Dec and the return of Callum shortly after. It didn’t take Ben long to score making it 6-0. Another well worked goal. Then the strangest thing happened. A cross came into the box and seemed to hit Conner 8 yards out. Luck was on our side as it sailed into the net to make it 7-0. (Although he claims he meant it) Within minutes of that (and us lads on sideline still baffled as to why Conner was in the box and had managed to score…….) Cal on his return managed to grab goal number 8. It seemed to take an age for the ball to settle for him to smash past the keeper and the defenders on the line.
Last few minutes we defended superbly as we had done all game to keep the well deserved clean sheet.
Ft 8-0

Massive well done to every player in red today. James was again superb in goal. The back 4 made life hard for the forwards, Daz and Jake clearing everything they had thrown at them. The midfield and forwards worked hard all game but mostly it was our determination to win every ball today. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th. Headers, tackles the lot. We looked like the team we were back in October and if we can play like that for the remaining games we will not only move up but our goal difference won’t look half as bad.
Thank you to Hawbush for a well battled game from a side who never gave in, and knowing how it feels to be on the end of some big defeats it says a lot about a team to keep going until the end, and we wish them good luck for the remainder of the season. Thanks to the ref and linesman who let the game flow well.

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Next up is the ever reliable report off Pete Bennett’

ROWLEY COLLEGE 2 CHARLEMONT STAR 2
25/02/2016
By Rowley College

Must give Charlemont full credit today. They played with 10 men for fifty five minutes and though we should have gone on and won the game, they stuck at it, never giving up and nicked a late point. To be honest they have become something of a bogey team for us: we seem to be more than capable of creating a hat full of chances against them and massively less capable of finishing them. That said they are a decent side, well-organised and well-run (Andy played it tactically perfect today) and with a stand-out player in Jamie Holder it is hard to reconcile Charlemont with their stats (only one league win).

Our disappointment today was tempered by the fact that we were really quite lacklustre, taking the whole of the first half to get out of bed. Mark tried to freshen things by offering Sammy and Tom starts but we were slow out of the blocks and Charlemont had the better of the early encounters. Despite playing down the slope we made little progress and, having forced a couple of corners Charlemont took the lead when a flick header from a corner somehow evaded Joe on the post. That stirred us a little and top scorer Fowler began a miserable sequence when their keeper saved at the front post. We were still huffing and puffing but creating chances and Mark and Ben Smith both had efforts cleared off the line. Their defensive bravery was once again a feature.

As the game drifted towards half time one of their lads got a red for a verbal misdemeanour and we responded with a little more intent. They seemed to have completed a satisfactory half when Ben Smith crossed for Sammy to rise majestically and power in a header with practically the last kick. This was exactly what we needed so we reflected at half time on both our lethargy and opportunity.

They got the tactical decisions right in the second half (they are always right when they work!) by realising (down the hill) that they needed to continue to try and win the game. This made for an open game that swung this way and that. It meant we never really settled to any rhythm though we did have a good spell midway through the half. Christie had come on and we were playing some decent link-up football with Ben and Mark driving from midfield and Tom and Olly wide. Ben Fowler was also cutting through them but his finishing even when clean through was awry today. There was one controversial moment where he appeared to have been caught by their last defender inside the box but the ref, perhaps mindful of having already sent one off waved play on.

The 11 versus 10 argument will rage on. Today I don’t think it made all that much difference: they were pretty consistent both halves, we were very inconsistent. Where it does affect you is in your head (they’ve got 10 so we’ll obviously win!) and this was no excuse for us because we weren’t desperately chasing a win because the game was 2-1 to us within 15 minutes of the restart due to an unlucky Charlemont defender slicing into his own goal from Rowler’s free kick.
No we spent the rest of the second half seeking the killer third but instead fell foul of an expert long throw and Holder header 8 minutes from time. All the best to Andy and his lads

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Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Saint Michael 2

Brierley Hill team is long journey for us but with one target 3 point! There was no other option today as we want to be in top 5 this year.
We start game with straight strategy to do as much ball possession ion as possible and we carry on with this for good 45 minutes what gives us a lot great chances. Patryk Jasicki, Janusz Cyran or Tobiasz Cichy could easily open score sheet really quick but they fail in last touch or shoot.
With good control over pitch we give our self more space and more open shoot and first one was finished by Mateusz Puzniak who run to gap just to find ball and bet goalkeeper. With one goal up front we were a lot stronger and we push Brierley Hill over and over and Tobiasz Cichy again had great chance to score but he hit bar, Janusz Cyran missed by inches Patryk Jasicki made good 3-4 attempts but fail. We could easily winning them 3,4 goal but we manage only 2 as Janusz Cyran received ball from corner kick to back post and he power shoot to top left corner leaving goalkeeper no chance to save it. Good 2 goals and great 45 minutes we came off to break.

No subs been made and we come out with same 11 players to next half. Our game did not change but Brierley Hill start playing a lot better and our defance start having some problems with holding right wing and most of their chances came from there. With Radek Guterwil having yellow card we decided to change him and bring to pitch Kuba Czestochowski to avoid playing one man down. This was Kuba first game since our first season in WMCFL league and we was doing not bad but not enough to hold this great playing left wing of Brierley Hill. Shortly after he show up on pitch he find his name on book list with yellow card and it start to be danger. While both team were fighting for goals Brierley Hill come with contact goal shortly after we made our second sub and we change our lines a little bit. With one goal up front Brierley Hill start doing everything to find another but everything was cleared from defence or saved by Pawel Jarosz. On other end we produce some shoots or good team play but also good playing goalkeeper denied our attempt.
Brierley Hill could draw this game in last minute of game as Pawel Jarosz did not control long delivery to 5 yard but there was no one from Brierley Hill to tap ball to net. So after small horror at the end we delivery good 3 points!

It was pleasure to play with Brierley Hill as always and we are more happy to win with them as we lost last time at home to them!

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Not a massive increase in reports but a move in the right direction

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