24 Nov Thirsk Men 3 vs Bingley 1
Thirsk had a strong squad for a match against free scoring Bingley and started with the majority of possession, giving the 2 forwards a chance to run at the defence, but unable to create any clear goal scoring opportunities. Bingley absorbed the pressure well and attacked on the break, which they did successfully twice in quick succession against the run of play. The Thirsk team continued to play well, trying to cut down supply to the mobile opposition forwards while finding Jeremy Barker
, Sam Kelly
and Jack Foxley
in midfield to try to find a clear pass to the well marshalled forwards. During a goal mouth scramble, Tom Crack
managed to beat the keeper but put the ball over the bar from close range, but a similar situation was converted by Connor Wilkinson
to halve the arrears. Bingley however gained another goal just before half time.
Bingley stepped up their performance in the second half, and Thirsk were immediately on the back foot. Sam Ross Russell
was kept busy in goal and several short corner routines were also saved on the line with the keeper beaten. Clearing free hits from defence became more difficult as the opposition pressed high and started to cut out the passes Thirsk had been able to find in the first half. In a further unfortunate development, Michael Crampton
’s lifted free hit caught George Hunt
on the eyebrow ending his game early, and with his departure, the Thirsk attacking threat diminished. Bingley maintained pressure and despite good work from Joe De Winter
at right back, consistently cutting out passes down his channel, they created a series of further opportunities to run out 7-1.
No clear Man of the Match this week, but Sam Ross Russell
, Michael Crampton
and Joe De Winter
all picked up votes in a hard-working, busy defence against strong opposition.