MDTFC Rocky Horror Show In 2-6 Defeat At Newcastle
Storm Deirdre Creates Appalling Playing Conditions
With players unavailable, including Paul McMullen, Ash Rawlins and Dan Beddows, Manager Martyn Davies and his Management Team had to again reshuffle the team formation. I cannot remember an instance this season when we have been able to field the same team for two games in succession.
Keeper Ash Rawlins is currently sidelined as he suffered a broken wrist in the warm up prior to last week's game versus Trafford; full credit must go to Ash for playing that game with such an injury - we all wish Ash a speedy recovery.
Experienced Goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe was signed this week and took Ash's place in the team; in 2011, when playing for Shrewsbury's Youth Team, Mason was signed by Everton for a reported fee of £125,000.
Simon Gregory took the Number 5 shirt to play alongside Andy Hartlebury at the centre of defence. Unfortunately Simon was taken ill during the game and was replaced at half-time by Josh Bradburn.
Young Harvey Howell donned the Number 9 shirt and did not disappoint with two excellent goals.
The weather conditions were dreadful and many were surprised that the game went ahead; it was bad enough wearing an overcoat, scarf and cap in the shelter of the stand never mind playing in shorts in monsoon rain and wind.
Kick-off was delayed some 5 minutes due to a problem with the floodlights.
Mason was soon called into action on 5 minutes in saving a strong shot at goal; then on 10 minutes Jud Ellis was unlucky when his lobbed shot bounced off the cross bar.
Newcastle dealt with the weather conditions and playing surface far better than MDTFC; they indeed showed more pace and determination throughout the game.
On 18 minutes a cross from the right wing cleared the MDTFC defence and Newcastle's Kyle Walker was allowed to ghost in unmarked at the left hand post to put Newcastle in front.
On 20 minutes MDTFC were back in the game when Simon Gregory headed a ball back into the Newcastle goalmouth where young Harvey Howell scored with aplomb to level the score: 1-1.
On 27 minutes Newcastle played a ball through the centre of the MDTFC defence; Keeper Mason Springthorpe should have perhaps cleared the ball, but decided to stand his ground - James Steele took the ball in his stride to easily put Newcastle back in the lead.
On 35 minutes MDTFC were again back in the game - Charlie Knowles hit a peach of a searching free kick into the Newcastle goal area and there was Harvey Howell to score his second goal: 2-2.
On 41 minutes MDTFC were undone by the linesman's decision or indecision: a ball was knocked into the MDTFC half and the linesman immediately raised his flag to signal offside, at which point MDTFC stopped defending. Unfortunately play continued and Chris Smith was able to score the third goal for Newcastle.
This decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of MDTFC.
Half Time: Newcastle 3 MDTFC 2
The Second-Half saw Josh Bradburn replace Simon Gregory and William Wells replacing Matty Ballard.
On 64 minutes we gave the ball away cheaply and Newcastle's Rod Orlando-Young took advantage of the mistake to hammer the ball into the top right hand corner.
Further damage was done on 77 minutes with a further goal from Newcastle's Chris Smith and further compounded with Newcastle's 6th goal from Matthew Lowe on 85 minutes.
Newcastle well deserved their victory.
Final Score: Newcastle 6 MDTFC 2
Crowd 71 (I counted 52)
In three games in December we have now shipped 12 goals and have only kept 1 clean sheet all season (The away victory at Chasetown); despite this we are still a very creditable 11th in The League Table with 24 points in what is proving to be a tough League with the big money sides involved.
We now look forward to Saturday 22nd December for our 'Home Game' versus 8th placed Ramsbottom United.
- Mason Springthorpe (GK)
- Louis Irvine
- Myles Arnold
- Andy Hartlebury (Capt)
- Simon Gregory ( 2nd Half - Josh Bradburn)
- Desean Martin
- Charlie Knowles
- Jud Ellis
- Harvey Howell
- Glynn Coney
- Matt Ballard ( 2nd Half William Wells)