Gillibrand Warriors Football Club

Gillibrand Warriors Football Club

Leyland Albion Home

by Paul Morris

The only way is UP!

Leyland Albion Home

Warriors completed their home fixtures with a tie against Leyland Albion. With only a point needed to secure second spot, the game almost did not take place due to a sudden outbreak of fire from a nearby industrial estate. However this died down in time for kick off.

The visitors had not won a game all season and as predicted more or less packed the midfield and defence with players on this small pitch. This caused Warriors a lot of frustration as it was difficult to play the ball around. Warriors did have opportunities on goal, opening the scoring on 2 minutes through Ali G but sixteen additional shots on goal could not find their way in. A mixture of resilient goalkeeping and poor striking kept the scoreline 1-0 at half time.

References to a cow’s buttocks and a banjo was the rousing pep talk from the coaches as a more determined Warriors started the second half. Four minutes in and a great ball from Ali G found Beirne who made no mistake, 2-0. The roles were reversed on 43 minutes when a Beirne shot was initially saved, Ali G followed up to make the score 3-0. A Houghton free kick two minutes later from just inside the Warriors half found Beirne in the area, who in turn passed to Clitheroe who found the back of the net, 4-0

The goal of the game and for me the goal of the season came on 51 minutes. Morris playing at left back took down a cleared ball from the Albion defence. His first touch set up a ferocious strike from about 25+ yards wide on the left that rocketed in to the top far corner. 5-0 Fantastic hit!

Clitheroe wrapped up the tie in the dying seconds having converted a superb through ball from Draper that split two defenders. Final score 6-0.

Persistence paid off in the end as four of the second half goals came from simple passes and great teamwork. A mature second half performance from all involved gave Warriors the points they needed to secure second spot in Division A.

MOM went to Morris this week. A solid performance in both halves and a great contribution to some of the attacking play down the left that resulted in a wonder strike. Well done Ben.

Man of the Match: Ben Morris