Glossop Forge Win In Muddy Pass Fest
The conditions for once did favour football, and though the pitch was still boggy, this was a game between two excellent pass and move teams.
Team: Logan Booth, Joseph Titterington, Jake Pearson, Noah Rowlinson, Jacob Donnelly ( c ), Thomas Brogden, Dylan Johnston, Louie Meates, Mackenzie Lomas, Thomas Kuczaj, Jack Cowan.
With the team back to full strength with the exception of a poorly Liam, we have now gone from sublime to ridiculous in that, from having no goalkeepers, we now have two, how great is that ?
It was nice to see Titterington back in the fold for his second Glossop debut, and together with the fast improving Booth, we are now well covered between the sticks, this game was a great advert for passing with both sides attempting to keep the ball on the deck, but due to some strong defence, the keepers had little to do but keep warm.
The first half was quite an even affair, City ( who really impressed me with their work effort and insistence on passing on the deck despite going behind ) began quite strongly and flooded the midfield which initially caused Johnston and Meates some early problems but Glossop found their mojo and also began to pass the ball, from back to front and this finally bore some fruit when Cowan latched onto a bobbling ball on the edge of the box and lashed The Blues into the lead.
City came back strongly, but a back three buoyed by the confidence of our TWO keepers, one playing in each half, were resolute, some strong challenges from Donnelly combined with some great covering work from both Pearson and Rowlinson was great to watch as CS huffed and puffed, but couldn't blow our house down.
A Rowlinson corner was headed home by a leaping Brogden and Glossop were now in charge of precedings leading up to half time.
As you may be aware dear reader, we at the u-12s supporters club, feel it is very important to keep everyone up to date regarding the behaviour and conduct of our Holy Trinity of management.
The usual suspect, Mr Kuczaj, fresh from his holiday and looking pretty goddamn tanned ( teeth visible for a mile ) was relatively subdued, taking into account his Smurf hat, Gnomeo was a name some boisterous fan was heard to cry!
Mr Pearson was his usual very loud self, barking orders across the pitch which could be heard on the Space-station.
And Mr Rowlinson was...........................................................oh dear, Coach Rowlinson was not there, rumours were abound, was it another eighties make-up laden musical jaunt the fans asked ?
No, Coach Rowlinson was missing the game to go and watch the toffs chasing eggs down at Twickers ! A champers fuelled afternoon of phnah phnah for Dave then as England beat a weakened Irish team on their way to a potential Grand Slam ( top rugger knowledge from me ).
Anyway, back to the match, the second half was more of the same as Glossop turned the screws, several chances came our way with Kuczaj and Lomas attempting to sprint (?) through the quagmire on the wings and get balls into the box, City defended bravely but Johnston finally got some reward for his graft when some great passing shapes, allowed him in to stroke in the third, much to the joy of his father who sqealed like a piggy as the ball crossed the line, yet again, Dylans' celebration can only have come from his dad ( think of Grandad at a wedding ).
Again at the back we were solid though Titterington did make one great save to palm over a shot which would have killed our clean sheet, the backbone of the side through the middle is looking stronger by the game, and with the guys around this working their socks off, all was good.
All in all a great performance by the lads, and both teams are a credit to their coaches, a game on a nice flat 3-g pitch between these two would have been great viewing, but this is a game designed for grass however that comes and this was really enjoyable.
The last three reports now have had me wittering on about team spirit and how the lads have seemed to got it, it has taken time with lots of players moving on and new faces coming in, but it is beginning to be a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning ( or mid-afternoon ) watching the lads, same again next week if you please.
MOMs were Dylan Johnston and Jacob Donnelly