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Glossop North End Juniors
SK Olympic
Sat 19 Mar 12:35 - League Full time

Glossop Stumble Against Leaders

Despite the apparent league based differences between the two teams, there wasn't much difference on the pitch, and two late goals settled it.

Team: Logan Booth, Noah Rowlinson, Jacob Donnelly (c), Jake Pearson, Louie Meates, Dylan Johnston, Liam Boardman, Thomas Brogden, Jack Cowan.

So, we were back to a basic nine again, and this showed, especially towards the end of the match when it was inevitably settled. Until the last five minutes there was only one goal in this and either side could have pushed on.

As an afterthought to last weeks giant based report, we came across another fine pair of six-footers today, one of whom had a lot of presence in the SK goal, as he made some fine saves, especially one against the pacey Cowan near the end when a full stretch pushed Jack's effort round the post, an effort that would have levelled it up!

Back to the start and the first half was even, barring an apparently sloppy goal which I was informed afterwards didn't cross the line ( Jacob ) but that's life and you have to get on with it. I missed all this due to having to take Danno back to the car 'cos he was cold ( soft sod )', other than this both teams created a few chances but the defences were on top.

Booth in goal continues to improve, making at least a couple of good saves as we tired towards the end but otherwise a good performance, being critical, he just needs to boss his defence around a bit more and SHOUT!

Donnelly was reading the game well at the back and Rowlinson and Pearson were both heavily in the game, both going forward and back, we did create chances especially in the first half with a goalbound Brogden effort just deflected wide and several corners which created confusion but alas, no-goals.

At half time with the pitches now drying out, conversation was varied, but I was described as The Belly in The Wellies by one comic, who shall remain anonymous for many reasons. No Mackenzie today so I can only assume Mr Lomas was drinking somewhere fantasising about oil based products and foreign trade shows and his support ( abuse ) was sorely missed, though a rare appearance from Tony Treacle Meates, kept the fans going in the dustbowl end.

The second half was played in a similar vein to the first, .Boardman had a steady game on the right and managed to create a couple of chances after hassling the fullback into a mistake, and with both Meates and Johnston grafting away in the middle, I thought it was only a matter of time before we scored, two or three times, a late block prevented Cowan from getting round the back of their high defence and getting clean through.

This was indeed a frustrating match to watch and this was compacted by two late goals which were easily preventable had we been a bit fresher ( NO-SUBS ) and one or two errrrr missed calls by the SK coach on our side ( the ball was a yard past the line man ), but in the end the lads could give no more.

Coaches Rowlinson, Pearson and Kuczaj were...... oh hold on, the elusive Kuczaj was missing in action again, another beauty salon appointment apparently, but the first two were relatively happy with the performance, general comments about not being intimidated by giants, and having confidence to push on up the wings and show a bit more desire within the tackling and running back were constructive and the lads took this on board.

MOM was Jacob Donnelly for the fourth time in a row, I know what you are thinking, but I have nothing to do with the choice, it was down to the coaches and my choice would have probably been Logan.

I write this in hindsight of a depressing football weekend after the derby went disastrously wrong for me, the home team were appalling and very pedestrian, as a Huddersfield team simply overran a weak Leeds performance!!!!!

Happy Easter as they say without really thinking about it.

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