St Marys 3 Rowley College 1

St Marys had a strong team out a week before the cup final and we were still missing a few but what followed was a more than decent game to bring the curtain down on our 26th season. Thankfully our performance today was chalk to last week’s cheese and the returning Matty Williams asked at the whistle how we could have been mauled so badly last week against the bottom club having played so well today. This remains the abiding mystery of the game of football!

Last week we were lethargic and despite Mark’s decision to play an attacking formation down the slope with himself and Tom up and Olly, Brad and H as a mobile and offensive midfield a little of that lethargy hung around early doors. He talked at half time about the whole season as revolving around small margins like this sluggish start today which allowed St Marys to take an early lead when a ball into our box was hooked on for their lad to provide a first time back post finish. However Mark’s half time talk was also placing this in the context of a game we’d played ourselves into within a season that we’ve spent doing much the same thing. What we lacked first half was a real threat apart from when Haydon blasted one over. They on the other hand played smoothly with Sean controlling things and Ian Coleman gliding past players at times.

Up the slope second half and we continued our good work particularly passing the ball well and defending resolutely. The next spell was ours and when H competing well for the ball just inside the box he had the presence of mind to set up Mark for a fine finish into the corner. We drew heart from this and Mark had a good header acrobatically tipped over while Clive made last ditch tackles and Lee performed with great assurance. I thought we’d done enough for a draw but the winner they scored was a worldie, struck beautifully from outside of the box. They added a third late on. All the best to Daz today and for the whole season and to wmcfl for a quarter century’s worth of decent times! Good luck to St Marys next week.

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