GAP Do The Double Over Aston
GAP Nomads make it 2 in 2 against Aston after a 6-3 victory on the 3G earlier in the season.
The young Nomads made the short trip to the 33 pitch in Shotton to play Aston for the time in the league this season and were hoping to do the double over their local rivals.
Aston are a strong and experienced outfit with a great management team so the Reds knew they'd have to be sharp and work hard to get the 3 points today.
The away side had a dream start with a goal on the 3rd minute. After a foul on the edge of the box, wide right, Thomas Hyndman stepped up and delivered a dangerous whipped cross which has turned in by captain Ben Waddilove to make it 2 goals for him in 2 games.
GAP had a game plan and it worked a treat, with Hyndman a willing runner, pressing the back four at every opportunity with Luke Woolley and Craig Chisholm on either wing joining the high press, the home team could not settle with the ball at the back. This forced them to hit the ball direct most of the time. These passes rarely troubled the away team and a couple of late tackles from Aston shown their frustration.
There was a 10 minute period in the first half where Aston looked to cause sustained pressure, they found their midfield general Chad Shelbourne who was pulling the strings. GAP rode this out and doubled their lead 15 minutes before the break through a very much in form Luke Woolley on the right. After some hounding of their left winger, the impressive Karter Cutler-Evans pinched the ball and it was pulled back to Woolley, who's first touch took him towards the goal and he rifled the ball into the far corner.
Aston rode their luck as the first half came to a close and seemed to play a suicidal high line against the rapid front 3 of Chisholm, Hyndman and Woolley. GAP did not take advantage of this however and Aston caught them offside on numerous occasions.
The half-time talk from Woodward and Manley was just more of the same, the high press really unsettled Astons usual fluid play from the back.
The second half started exactly how the first half started, with a goal inside the first 5 minutes. It was Luke Woolley again, from another Thomas Hyndman assist. Hyndman held the ball up front and a simple but clever pass released Woolley in acres of space, he took the ball into the box and hammered the ball goal wards, the shot has such power that although Billingsley in the Aston goal got a hand to it, he couldn't keep it out.
This goal effectively killed the game for GAP but they were hungry for more, Luke Woolley nearly had his hat-trick on two occasions with spectacular left foot efforts. Leon Doran was inches from finding the top corner from 25 yards and Karter Cutler-Evans had a mazey run in which he took on nearly half of the Aston team before forcing a smart save out of the home keeper.
Aston had another 10-15 minutes in which they probed and were it not for some excellent saves from Jay Loyden they could have netted themselves. The young Reds are maturing each week and shown excellent game management to keep the clean sheet before bagging a fourth 5 minutes from time. Jack Aitken who, along with Andrew Ely in the heart of midfield had worked his socks off, got the goal. Owen Manley with the slotted pass saw Aitken in the box, his final touch looked to ruin the chance for him but he somehow got the ball over the line!
A 4-0 scoreline against a very good Aston side with a team that boasted 11 first year players is an excellent achievement for Nomads.
Ben Waddilove (Assisted by Thomas Hyndman)
Luke Woolley (Assisted by Karter Cutler-Evans)
Luke Wooley (Assisted by Thomas Hyndman)
Jack Aitken (Assisted by Owen Manley)
Man of the Match - Karter Cutler-Evans
MoM was a very very hard choice today with every single player involved playing brilliantly. This shows the level that Karter played at today, on the right hand side he played like a winger all game, without ever being caught out defensively. Owen Manley as the pivot allows for this type of play but Karter never cheats and stays up, he always puts the work in. He nearly capped his performance off with a wonderful solo goal.
A special mention goes to Thomas Hyndman, 2 assists and a very selfless performance as the lone striker today, he literally chased and chased and started every press that GAP initiated today. Without his work-rate and attitude up front Aston would have been much more dangerous than they were.