Many thanks to County Hall who managed to get the game on via Aylestone Park's 3G.
Ellistown started the game like they had not played for 5 weeks and struggled to get any rhythm in their play and it was no surprise County Hall took the lead on 12 minutes through Jamie York. Disappointing for us is that the goal came from an Ellistown throw-in that was over ruled to a County Hall throw-in by the Referee, for a spilt second we stopped playing and that was enough for County to stride forward and score.
In hindsight, the goal was the best thing to happen to Lee Windram's young chargers (yes, I include our Captain, Leader and Legend, Chris Nettel in that statement) as we settled down and started to dominate play.
Our domination was not total as County were dangerous on the break but with Warwick Miller in goal, having one of his best games in an Ellistown shirt playing like Gordan Banks in his prime and a back four of Harry Straw, George Wesley, Ben Worrell and Adam Poxon playing like a well drilled unit, this gave our midfield 3 of Jake Mcloughlin, Aaron Windram and Captain, Leader, Legend Chris Nettel the space to spray passes all over the pitch that our front 3 of Callum York, Owen Parker and Leon Hands had a field day with but could not get the better of County's goalkeeper Cristian Clarke who made some excellent saves.
Ellistown should have have a chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time when our Captain, Leader, Legend was clipped in the penalty box but the officals never saw it!!!!
Half-time went with a score of:-
CH 1-0 EFC
You could tell the players were up for the 2nd half and you sensed County Hall were tiring and with having no subs on the bench, Ellistown would get enough chances to get back in and win the game.
Our Achilles heal this season has been finishing and it was no different today. We were playing some fantastic football but could not convert our chances.
We finally got back on level terms on 60 mins when Aaron Windram nipped in front of a defender to head in a cross to make it 1-1.
CH 1-1 EFC 60 mins
County Hall are a good team and should have re-taken the lead straight from the kick-off when they were through on goal and only a brilliant Warkwick Miller saved Ellistown.
After that major scare, we peppered the County Hall goal, with man of match Callum York causing havoc down the wing and through the middle with his lung busting runs.
After town missed another presentable change, our single away fan gave Owen Parker the following advice "don't worry son, the chance will come, therefore keep going".
That away fan was going nuts minutes later as Owen scored with a 25 yard pile driver.
CH 1-2 EH 80 mins
For me, this is most pleasing part of today. After the 2nd goal, Ellistown started to manage the game and while County piled on the pressure we took the sting out of the game at every opportunity and looked comfortable.
Therefore it was no surprise the ref blew for the final whistle with Ellistown in control.
CH 1-2 EH FT
A superb team performance, we played like a well drilled machine and our passing was a joy to watch. Everyone deserves man of the match award and Owen Parker scored a screamer.
County Hall contributed to a great game of football that proves there is talent in Grassroots football.
The win moves Ellistown up to 10th and in good shape for next Saturday's away derby v Ashby Ivanhoe Knights.
Well done lads.