17th January, 2020

Apologies to Pete from Rowley for the delay in publishing his report from last weeks match, things are always a bit hectic for me in January.

Amblecote Nomads 0 vs 2 Rowley College

Happy New Year to all in the WMCFL! Having started 2019 in Springfield Park with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Zion, it was satisfying to come out of this morning’s trip to Kiddy with three points. We were missing our top scorer Josh and Jack but still fielded a strong fourteen and needed to against a youthful and skilful Nomads side. With Jamie now established in goal and a settled back line, we’re looking a much more solid proposition and goals have not been a problem. Today though was a strange game to describe.

Firstly let me say it was played in good spirit by both sides and excellently reffed by Stephen Palmerini. Nomads are a mobile and skilful side and had much of the momentum of the game, particularly in the first half where they caused us lots of problems. We were slow starters and over-run in midfield so we depended on resolute work from Matt and Joe and particularly Mark and Chris (my man-of-the-match). What we did have though was experience and about half a dozen good chances to score: credit their keeper but also a cross wind and poor finishing. This aside it was their half but thankfully 0-0.

We were significantly better in the second half, though we created fewer clear cut chances. Hayden made a positive difference and Shola, Brad and Ben Smith all had positive impacts. Nomads continued to threaten in a game where the first goal was always going to be vital. Enter Ben Fowler: played in twice for faultless finishes for 8 in the last 8. Nomads never stopped but hardly tested Jamie: I wish them well for the rest of the season. Good result for us: Cup next week.

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