A Clean Sheet, A Hat-Trick, oh, and Zoolander
On a blustery, cold yet sunny morning ( first day of the cricket season of course ), a good performance from the Blues saw us take the points.
Team: Logan Booth, Jake Pearson, Jacob Donnelly ( c ), Louie Meates, Noah Rowlinson, Thomas Kuczaj, Dylan Johnston, Liam Boardman, Thomas Brogden, Jack Cowan, Mackenzie Lomas.
So, in blustery conditions, the lads kicked off in a game after yet another enforced break of about a month, Romiley began strongly with a little help from the wind and seemed to be more match ready than we were.
The defence was tested constantly but held firm as we struggled to get the ball upfield and hold onto it. Booth was imperious in goal and his confidence grows by the week.
Helped by the lads in front of him, all I can see missing from his game is a bit more chirp and a bit of confidence in telling his team-mates what he wants them to do, this will come quickly as the way he has taken to keeping is impressive.
Pearson and Rowlinson both had good games playing wide at the back, some good positive runs allowing the lads further upfield a bit of freedom to push on, Donnelly was his steady self controlling the defence and playing some interesting balls through to the midfielders.
We had settled now and the game began to look more even, a couple of balls slid past the Panthers high line saw Cowan almost put us in the lead, this followed by several corners and goal mouth scrambles, gave us fans in The Dustbowl ( formerly referred to as the swamp ) some belief in where the match was going.
Half time was a quiet experience in the stands, no Johnston and a subdued ( hungover? ) Lomas, meant the grief levels for yours truly were low, with subjects like postmen, tan-lines, chapel hat pegs and the odd shapes of coaches being heartily discussed.
The second half was a real treat for the fans, Glossop came out fighting and Romiley simply couldn't live with it, Brogden who had been threatening, lashed in a beauty which the keeper ( who had made some top saves ) couldn't get near.
Johnston and Meates now controlled the midfield, and the Blues were rampant, Kuczaj and Boardman were dribbling down the lines and with Lomas now up front, he found himself on the end of some fine passing moves and found himself not once, not twice, but thrice ( is that a word nowadays? ) through to bash the ball into the back of the net, the last being a great team effort as we passed the ball from back to front and into the goal.
A hat-trick which surely would have cost his father a small fortune, and was a real boost to the supporters who were now feeling the chill, especially old man Booth.
Boardman almost stroked in a fifth, but his shot at the end just drifted wide and the game was done. A great all-round performance by the lads considering the aforementioned lack of match practice.
I has to leg it just before the end and so missed the coaches review of the game, but I thought this was a good performance.
Luckily for me, I missed the dreaded clipboard of Zoolander Kuczaj as he asked for mom votes, I don't think I'd have voted, the two lads who got the awards were Logan Booth and Mackenzie Lomas and they were deserved.
Another game in midweek awaits us as the fixture pile-up is resolved, be seeing you.