Blues Superb On a Disappointing Night Elsewhere
With the senior side narrowly missing out in the play-off semi-final, The Blues warmed the cockles with a stunning performance against Bramhall.
Team: Logan Booth, Jake Pearson, Jacob Donnelly (c), Noah Rowlinson, Thomas Kuczaj, Dylan Johnston, Louie Meates, Thomas Brogden, Jack Cowan, Mackenzie Lomas.
This was a simply stunning performance, Second placed Bramhall came into the game with tails up and seemingly full of belief, c/w huddles and high fives, not surprising as they beat us comfortably last time. Indeed they started well with three pacey lads up top and we initially struggled to cope, but just as they did on Saturday, the lads settled quickly and began to knock it about.
Two quick Kuczaj goals gave Glossop the lead and the response was some long balls over the top which we dealt with reasonably well until a bobbly ball broke free and was lashed home passed the helpless Booth in goal.
Bramhall grew in confidence now and though we were getting a bit hurt by their wingers, Booth handled the bouncy ball well ( both keepers had great games to be fair which makes the scoreline even more unbelievable ), and after some slick passing from Johnston, Kuczaj completed his hat-trick and us fans were happy.
Aaagh, right on half time a hopeful ball was prodded across our goal and was nudged in as we stood helplessly watching and Bramhall were back in it.
Half time was reasonably comfy, after Saturdays dust bowl, we found ourselves in the Ice Station Zebra corporate box this time and after we had swept the ice off the seating ( there is no seating ) and wiped the drips from our noses ( more like a waterfall from Mr Johnston's huge proboscis ) we managed to keep the chat clean and relatively insult free ( Tony's accent and Cheshire jokes apart ) and I can't recall any personal abuse at all. ( The Bramhall striker did tell me to shut my gob at one stage after I suggested he stop whining at the ref ).
Oh yes, the match, forgot about that for a second, as we kicked off the general feeling was the next goal would sort this match out one way or t'other, Glossop were phenomenal, Donnelly continued to battle for the full hour against the one who bullied me, and they were both at it, tough but fair, the cultured feet of Rowlinson and Pearson were now putting hurtful balls down the lines and from free kicks, and when Rowlinson lashed in a long range beauty, our opponents heads began to drop.
We pushed on and a brace from Brogden who had been phenomenal out wide, hassling their defenders and drawing fouls all night, sandwiched a goal from Cowan whose pace together with the speed of Lomas really upset Bramhall at the back, we tired towards the end and they began to get a second wind, Donnelly headed one off the line, and after a goalmouth scramble they pulled one back.
Glossop still attacked though, and a fine strike from Meates was top corner bound, only for the Bramhall keeper to pull off a stunning save, full stretch, pushed round the post remarkable, like Banks against Pele and as I've said a trillion times, I don't exaggerate!
And that was it, the whistle went, it was a brill game to watch and though physical, was played in tremendous spirit and The Blues continue to finish the season strongly.
MOMs went to Thomas Kuczaj and Thomas Brogden.
The coaches were happy with even Coach Pearson cracking a smile ( his face literally cracked ) and as for the other two................!