An Outstanding First Half Performance Seals Victory
Riverside were just too strong for the Likely Lads, despite them making a spirited second half performance.
A lovely crisp winters morning with a touch a frost on the Meadow saw a 13 man squad assemble for what promised to be a tough encounter with the team from Stone.
It was good to see new boy Adrian Chapman on the bench, with Begsy handing over the coveted purple strip. Riverside started playing down the slope and were straight in to it with Sean coming close on a number of occasions. The Lads keeper was keeping them in the game with a number of good saves, and coming out to clear the ball to deny us. Eventually, however the Riverside onslaught could not be held back and Pete M put us in the lead. Further goals in the first half came from Sean, Tom C and Bash. Special mention must go to Danny H for an inspired first half, with a trio of corners that were beautifully taken. He was battling for every tackle, and making space down that right hand side. The Lads didn't threaten at all in the first half; not a corner or even a shot on goal worth mentioning. It was a surprise how poor they played given that we had struggled against them in the past.
So the half ended with us 4-0 to the good. Gav was struggling so Vince bought Begsy in to centre mid with Chappers taking his place on the right. Tom R replaced Sean. Credit to the Lads for coming out in the second half with real intent and belief. They had the better of the first 15 minutes, and got a goal which started from a free kick 40 yards out. The ball was played through to one of the Lads who had not been picked up, for an easy finish in to the right corner. If we had conceded another at this stage it would have been interesting, but the Lads were committing players and were therefore vulnerable. We hit back scoring another brace of goals to put the game out of reach, one for Bash and a penalty from Tom R. Credit to the Lads for not giving up and a they scored a further three goals, one from a rocket of a penalty, the other a well taken free kick and another from poor defending from Fish. It was left to Terry to knock in the seventh with a lovely lazy lob over the keeper. Bash was unlucky not to pick up a hat trick when a headed goal was adjudged to have been off side.
Overall a very pleasing performance from Riverside. Man of the Match for his first half performance Danny Herriet.
JC 6: not a lot to do in he first half. Could have got closer to the free kick goal; poor positioning.
Fish 6: very quiet on the left but a decent performance. Guilty of poor marking for one of the goals.
Gav 6: went on a lung bursting run in the first half that nearly killed him.
Jon M 7: very good at nullifying the threat from the bespectacled striker. Solid performance.
Begsy 7: looked to be enjoying the game. Still a little short of match fitness.
Bash 8: struggled at times in the first half with the pitch but overall a good performance and deserved his brace of goals.
Terry 7: reliable as ever swiveling in the centre circle.
Tom C 8: lovely passing, always looking to use the full width of the pitch. Faded somewhat in the second period.
Danny H 9: MOM enough said
Pete M 7: the Lads found him a handful and was a constant threat from those corners.
Sean 8: probably should have scored one more in the first half. Unlucky to be subbed at half time.
Adrian 6: one great lofted pass but a few that went astray. Work in progress.
Tom R 7: a great work rate as always but not much of a threat.