Magpies stuffed by late comeback
By James Weatherall
Two late goals snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in tough opening fixture.
The first game of the season brought about a trip to Handsworth to take on fellow new boys Beighton Magpies. A full squad of 16 were there for the opener and after a decent pre season, Fergie had some tough decisions to make.
With both teams looking to lay down a marker in the league, this game was never going to be a walk in the park and it proved that way right from the beginning. Wet conditions meant that the first half was a battle with few clear cut chances and not a great deal of quality football on show. Neither keeper had a great deal to do and both teams went into half time fairly happy with their clean sheets.
The second half started with us on the front foot and the midfield started to take control. The Magpies struggled to cope with the pace, power and movement from the front 6 which led to a number of free kicks being awarded, mostly against the oppositions number 4. It was from one of these free kicks where we finally took the lead. A delightful ball in by MITCHELL was expertly flicked on and into the top corner by BROWNY.
Following the opening goal, we continued to push on with us getting a lot of joy down the left with SPY. At one stage, his pace meant he had to time produce a bit of showboating, controlling the ball with his belly whilst performing "The Worm".
The game was flipped on its head in a mad 5 minute spell. Beighton made changes and it was one of these substitutes who claimed the equaliser. A speculative effort from 20 yards finding the net. Shortly after, another long ball caught out the defence and Magpies stole in to put themselves in front.
There had been some needle throughout the game, mostly caused by the mouthy opposition. Their reaction to the 2nd goal spurred us on to get back in the game and after concerted pressure late in the game, HANSON picked up a lay off by BROWNY in the box and calmly slotted home.
With time running out and a draw looking likely, a long ball by MITCHELL was chased down by BROWNY who gambled on a rush of blood by the Magpies keeper who got underneath the ball, allowing him to roll it home into the open net, leaving us to have the last laugh, literally in MITCHELL's case. The opposition seemed to have lost their tongue...