Kidsgrove 3 Frickley 2
Isaac Newton knows his stuff
Newtons 3rd Law states that every action has an equal & opposite reaction - & this can be proven by a comparison of our first half performance compared to our second half , & by our game management as a whole compared to our game management against Spalding.
With the same starting 11 as Tuesday & a couple of tweaks to the bench (Hopewell & Patterson returning), the Greens were on the offensive for most of the first half, & whenever they passed the ball on the deck it was a question of 'how many' not 'if'. Even when Kidsgrove equalised with their only attack of the first half (we switched off from a corner) we should have had more than enough to win the game. But for some reason we lowered our game to match that of the opposition in the second half & decided to go mostly aerial instead of passing the ball.
An early chance for the Greens, Jammer tidied up well & got it forward to Haze, who hit a powerful shot but all along the ground & a comfortable save ensued. 10 minutes gone & the inevitable goal came - Bloory whipped in a good ball & Gav touched it on & Haze finished it off for his 7th of the season.
Nodder was chopped down as he broke through & Haze took the free kick but it slid just wide.
Kidsgrove eventually ventured into the Frickley half & were awarded a corner which they scored from.
Straight back onto the offensive, & Nodder stuck the ball out to Carl Stewart who tried a long curler which went just over.
HALF TIME - KIDSGROVE 1 FRICKLEY 1
Frickley had several early chances but when Kidsgrove scored their 2nd goal with their 2nd attack, the equal & opposite reaction took place. We didn't hold or distribute the ball well at all & this meant that the front 3 were fed on a very poor diet.
Spen switched it around a bit - Grant Allott, Josh Nodder & Duggie coming off, being replaced by Yatesy, Rich Patts & Steve Hopewell.
The home team got their 3rd when a shot that was destined for Alton Towers hit a player & ricocheted into the net - that was pretty much game over but there was still plenty of incidents to report. Teddy Bloor was lucky to get yellow instead of red when he pushed a Kidsgrove player to the floor. The player was being substituted & left the field at the speed of a 90 year old man carrying his dead wife & Bloory gave him a hurry up - but he's better than that & he shouldn't have done it. Shortly after a Kidsgrove player saw red, & was lucky to escape a custodial sentence as he deliberately went through the back of Jammer about knee high.
The Greens got a minor lift in the last minute of normal time when Jammer scored with a header & seconds later almost repeated the dose but his header landed on top of the nets instead of in it.
FINAL SCORE - KIDSGROVE 3 FRICKLEY 2
We need to accept that some teams will view playing Frickley as their cup final & we need to be mindful of that & perhaps develop a similar mindset.
WEBMASTER MOTM - most players played OK, better performances first half than second half - stand out players were Jammer who gave a great display first half & scored one & almost got another at the death, Jack Burton & Nodder were particularly effective first half but the Glitterball goes to Bailey who played at a consistent level all the way through the game, passed it well when required & put it in Row Z when required.
I, for one, will be looking for a positive reaction next Saturday when we play Bedworth at the Wezziecana