Blues Breeze Past Bury with Fab Four
A great day with the Junior/youth section launch day. Pictured is mom Michael Charles.
Photo album courtesy of Chris Bushe
Normal service was resumed in respect of match reporting with the return of yours truly from holiday…..despite the highways agency closing the M23 to one lane from Gatwick at 1am! Somewhat bleary eyed then it was an earlier than usual arrival at the ground for the junior section launch day. A fantastic sight with all sides from under 7 to under 15 represented at the ground & a super atmosphere.
In respect of team selection, Jim was without Bradley Hudson-Odoi who is injured & Ryan Watts left the club on Friday to join Wealdstone FC. There were a couple carrying minor knocks & Jim set the side up 4-4-1-1 with Michael Charles leading the line & Matt Pattison just behind him. Bury did their best to spoil the junior section `party` by opening the scoring after seven minutes from a corner to the far post where Connor Hall rose unchallenged to head home. Defensively a poor goal to concede for the Blues & one that seemed to spur them on. The Blues then imposed themselves on the game with little further response from the visitors. The inevitable equaliser came after 22 minutes when the excellent Matt Pattison was brought down just outside the penalty area. Charlie Collins curled the resulting free kick low around the six man wall and into the bottom corner of the net. A quality finish from a set piece which is becoming the norm from Charlie this season.
The Blues went ahead after 35 minutes when a corner was cleared out by Bury but fell to Will Salmon. He lifted a long ball back to the edge of the penalty area & it was flicked on by Steve Sutherland & Ricardo Joseph just nipped in front of Bury keeper Marcus Garnham at the far post to nudge the ball home. The pick of the goals was scored by Michael Charles in the 35th minute from a right wing cross by Elliott Taylor and a sublime first touch by Charles at the front post lifted the ball up and over Garnham and into the far corner. A super finish by Charles with a well-timed run to meet a very well delivered cross by Elliot Taylor.
Half Time Met Police 3 Bury Town 1
Bury made two half time substitutions but the game was effectively sealed in the 55th minute with a second for Michael Charles. Matt Pattison, who had been excellent throughout, raced clear down the right flank and picked up a long ball from Elliot Taylor. Matt outpaced the covering defender but then had to wait for his team mates including Michael Charles to reach the penalty area! Matt delivered a pin point cross onto the penalty spot for Charles to meet first time with a text book volley with his left foot to smash the ball past Garnham.
In truth the Met could have scored more but the Bury keeper Garnham made a couple of first class saves to deny Michael Charles & Billy Crook from increasing the lead. Tyron Smith was having a very influential game at the heart of the Blues side alongside the always classy Billy Crook. A revelation was the attacking play of Elliot Taylor down the right flank now he is playing further forward in midfield. He looked yards quicker but maybe the loss of his `flowing locks` has increased his speed? Els was so quick he even managed to floor assistant manager Gavin Macpherson with a blocked tackle that caused the ball to ricochet at speed straight into Gavins midriff……ish. A few deep breaths for Gavin & some very loud chuckling from the bench as he tried to maintain some composure.
Jim introduced three subs after 75 minutes but the remainder of the game was played at a fairly low key with the Met comfortably ahead & rarely troubled. A comfortable three points in the end & some progress up the league table.
Can I just express my thanks to Rich Nelson for keeping the website ticking over in my absence & also to club chairman Des Flanders for writing the match reports! I had to return as he was getting too good at them....he spent most of the second half whispering in my ear with details for this report......close supervision!
1. Stuart Searle 2. Elliot Taylor 3. Steve Sutherland 4.Billy Crook 5.Will Salmon © 6. Ricardo Joseph 7. Charlie Collins 8. Tyron Smith 9. Michael Charles 10. Rob Bartley 11. Matt Pattison
Subs: 12. James Aldred (replaced 3 – 75 mins) 14. Reece Hall (replaced 7 - 75 mins) 15. Jack Knight (replaced 9 – 75 mins) 16. Ryan James 17. Alex Kozakis
Man of the Match : Michael Charles (Met Police)