MVP went into this game of the back of a very hard fought victory against an improving Lewisham Borough side, APM Contrast however are somewhat of an unknown quantity who have started their season very well. Saturdays game seemed to be a difficult game to predict. On to the action……………………
Contrasts pitch looked in good order following the weeks bad weather one of their staff informed me that the pitch was a quarter underwater still by Thursday so great commendations to them for getting the game on.
MVP started the brighter of the two teams and had good territorial advantage in the early stages, we forced an early corner which after a prolonged bit of head tennis was eventually safely cleared by the home defence. it was then that MVP had to make an early change when Parker contested a loose ball and received a nasty knock to his ankle, to his credit he managed to get back on the pitch following lengthy treatment but after doing a robust clearance he unfortunately had to come off.
In the period between Knight coming on for Parker, Contrast did put a good cross into the box but Ashton claimed impessively. MVP were to then create one of many chances when Elmes turned and slid a lovely pass through to the speedy Whyte who having done all the hard work sent his stinging shot just over the bar. McDermott one of two target men type strikers that MVP fielded was having a good tussle with the home teams captain it was as a result of one of these tussles that MVP had their first free kick in a decent area. Their big no 5 was booked. From the free kick the ball whizzed in and just evaded Beckford and the ball skimmed away for a goal kick.
Contrast were starting to come into the game and had two chances when West (APM) sent a ball into the box for Morant (APM) and Ashton was out to smother after good defensive work by McCarthy. Then, a pot shot from Winch (APM) sailed past the post. Danger signs thought from the APM front 3 Although MVP were coping well they had their hands full. Particularly, with Josh West (APM) who was really testing the resolve of Munn at the back. (he seems to get to mark all the danger men recently),
Another chance then for MVP when Elmes turned and hit a deflected shot wide for a corner, form the resulting corner the ball was flapped down by the keeper to Beckford who looked destined to score but again the ball went agonisingly over the bar.
MVP’S dangerous forward Whyte who was doing some excellent probing down the left hand side this time popped up on the right from a Cook through ball turned a struck a fierce shot that the keeper fended off with his legs. Somehow, from this attacking position the ball found West (APM) who ran with the ball excellently for 25 yards done an excellent one two pass with Morant (APM) and tested Ashton with a low shot. Ashton again made a good save with his feet, Danger averted.
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Proceedings continued in the same vein with some end to end play MVP with their solid no thrills approach chipping away at the Contrast backline. APM were playing some neat football but their play was very one sided using the tricky West on the right hand side mostly as an effective outlet. However, during this period Morant (APM) struck the cross bar with a rasping drive. MVP who showed their intent with the half time introduction of Brown for Beckford forged their first chance of the half. After good interplay between Brown and Whyte led to brown just shooting wide.
APM then had a period of dominance where they forced three quick corners which MVP defended excellently. West also sent in a low cross which was well snuffed out by Cook J.
MVP made their last change of the game when Ruby came on for Knight who looked like he took a knock has he walked gingerly off the pitch. Ruby sat in with the midfield area bolstering our defensive qualities.
Contrasts best chance of the match came shortly afterwards, the defensive reshuffle seemed to unsettle MVP briefly and a lack of focus allowed West (APM) to be put through by Winch (APM). He looked certain to score but squandered the chance badly. This was a let off for MVP. APM enjoyed further possession but could not forge any more decent chances in this period. MVP were defending superbly looking very hard to break down which was pleasing viewing.
MVP then had another period of excellent chances in this cagey end to end game. Notably, Cook G had a deflected shot wide, Whyte sent another shot just wide of the mark. Cook G headed over from a corner (highlights of this on Twitter).
Another golden chance fell to Mcdermott after excellent work by Brown who beat the left back squared the ball and the shot was put over the bar from 8 yards out. Then, the lively Whyte who was a constant menace to the Contrast backline again beat his man teed up Brown who hit a scorcher against the post.
MVP were finishing very strong indeed their fitness and mental toughness really showed through in the final stages. Perhaps, our best chance fell in the dying embers of the game when from another corner Ruby was left alone to glance his header inches wide of the APM goal. All the MVP masses there jumped up at this point i for one thought it was in but alas not to be.
Proceedings ended goalless in what proved to be a breathless entertaining game. An excellent advert for the Kent Invicta league. MVP can be very pleased with the point taken at Cobdown today APM are a good side who will beat most teams this season i expect them to be in the top six or thereabouts.
On to next Saturday where we face another difficult game in the Kent Invicta League Challenge trophy this time at the #MVP stadium against Sutton Athletic.
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