After last weeks cup game (which we lost 0-1 to a team 3 divisions higher than us, no match report as I had to put a Christmas tree up) it was back to the league and it was top versus second. The game was away at westend tigers their only deafeat in the leauge coming at our place on the second weekend of the season. With their pitch been a 3g all weather and some under lying bad feeling between the sides after we were acused of having 3 offside goals awarded in the home fixture, this was always going to be a difficult place to get any result from. The team picked its self as we only had 9 available men at kick off.
Rarman Kikel Briayar Azad Maghdeed Aidan Wilkinson
Jacob Costello Alex Macdonald Harry Bains
Cain Wilkinson Harry Smith
Subs Billy Farley
Whether it was the occasion or the 3G pitch our boys just weren’t at the races in the open exchanges with Westend well on top and creating some very good chances to open the scoring, but some great last ditch tackling and some very wayward finishing the scoreline some how stayed 0-0. As the half wore on the Young Lion’s began to come back in to it and releave some pressure on the back four with a string of corners but never really testing the home keeper. As the half time whistle was approaching the home team were again guilty of missing some good chances.
If the first half had been a boxing match the Young Lion’s would have lost on points but the second half the young men from Almondbury decided it was time to go toe to toe and have a slug fest and began to make in roads into the home team’s back four. They say in football a winning team has to be a lucky team and well on 36 minutes Harry Smith (man of the match) and Almondbury had a massive slice as the young striker lobbed the keeper from the acutest of angles. The look on his face when he and his team mates celebrated the goal had sheepish written all over it, but within 2 minutes the home team were level and worse was to follow 5 minutes later they went in front as some lax defending cost us dearly. With the home fans sensing a crucial win the boys from Almondbury went again and after good work from Jacob Costello his inch perfect pass found Cain Wilkinson and the young man made no mistake sliding the ball passed the oncoming keeper 2-2. As full time approached both teams were going for a win as I mentioned before luck is a funny mistress but once again she shined on the righteous, Alex Macdonald started and finished his own move by firing the winner in with 2 minutes to go whether he was looking to pass or shoot only the wee man knows but it sparked mass celebrations on and off the pitch, as the ball found it’s way into the corner of the net.
Editors thoughts…… excellent game by both sides spoilt somewhat by the home fans who in defeat acted like spoilt little children. Well done Almondbury you dug deep and won when at times not at your best sign of a good team. On another note I have had a serious talking to myself about using the offensive word ‘rubbish’ and have punished myself and hopefully that will be the end of the matter. Also Thanks to Joe Moutell the toblerone helped me through the difficult period.
Chief editor js