Football in the freezer
Boro progress into the semi final
This week on a bitterly cold afternoon we made the journey to play division 3 Mablethorpe Athletic in the quarter final of the Tim Sales Trophy. Manager Rob Mackie made a few changes to the side following last weeks defeat, opting for a change in formation 5-2-1-2 or was it 3 at the back with Thompson and Peart given the freedom to get forward as wingbacks.
Kicking the game off against the wind Boro started well and had several good chances in the early stages but it took till the 24th minute to make one of them count. CJ PEART
battling to win the ball back and seeing his shot blocked but ball fell to Ben Thompson
who from out wide right picked out Jack Wilson
who knocked the ball in 0-1. This woke Mablethorpe up and on their next attack equalised with a well worked goal, Harrison Tice
saving the first shot only for a man to slide in at the ball post to level the game 1-1 28 mins. Boro continued to attack but struggle against the Mablethorpe defence that was working hard. In the 40th minute Boro finally regained the lead, James Bryant
crossing to Aaron McKenzie
who headed the ball on to Brad Elliott who scored from 6 yards out, 1-2. Half Time.
Now with the wind Boro started to attack at will and had a rampant 10-minute spell. 57th min Jamie Loftus
loops the ball over to Jack Wilson
who beats his man then finds the bottom corner 1-3, 59th min, the ball ricochets to Jamie Loftus
after Brad Elliott’s tackle and Jamie beats his man and scores. 1-4, 62nd min, Joes Tees splits the defence with a great ball and Loftus runs onto it rounds the keeper and taps it into the empty net, 1-5. 64 mins, Billy Nicholson gets onto the end of Loftus’s knockdown and taps in from 8 yards out. 1-6. 66th min, Nicholson adds his 2nd, Jack Wilson
plays the ball through and it’s a race between Bill and the keeper which Bill wins, 1-7. Mablethorpe did get on the scoresheet again in the 79th minute, Sam Dean
slipping, leaving the striker with an easy finish. 2-7. But Dean made amends 2 minutes later getting into the Mablethorpe area and winning Boro a penalty which Jack Wilson
blasted high into the net to complete his hat trick. 2-8. Boro completed the scoring in the 88th minute. Bill Nicholson
on a hat trick himself receiving the ball from Aaron McKenzie
and with the goal at his mercy, he played the ball back to McKenzie leaving him an empty net to tap into. 2-9. Full time.
The official Lucarly’s Man of the Match this week went to CJ PEART
, nearly back to his best this week. Manager Rob saying. “Think I’ve found his natural position going forward , he was supplying excellent balls, getting stuck in and helping at the back, excellent game all round”
So now my views, an easy game today against a strong Mablethorpe team that struggled against the wind in the second half. 2 or 3 players did raise their games today as well. Peart and Thompson both looked good going forward, something they do not do when in a back 4. It was good to see Nicholson back from injury too. I’m sure the management team will find it hard to keep everyone happy over the next few games coming up. It’s hard been a sub on a cold day and its not something the younger players are used to, they are used to rolling subs and the chance to run around and keep warm. But they will learn.
So next week it’s the Town Trophy and a repeat of last years Semi Final against Immingham Town (yes, we won the game on penalty’s last year after the game ending 2-2) so if you have nothing better to do get to Blossom Way 2pm kick off to watch a game that is sure to be another cracker. #OneBoro