It has to be said that the football played in the first 15 minutes of
the game was nothing short of breath taking, however that was not so
for the rest of the game in which we should have been at least 3 up in
15 after counting no fewer than 7 chances in 6 minutes.
We got a goal from a great run wide to the right of the box through Josh Kirkwood
who unleashed a powerful shot to beat the Aintree keeper 15 minutes
in. We took our foot off the peddle from here on in an allowed Aintree
to make a battle of things an they deservedly got their equaliser
through good closing down on 25 minutes.
We picked the pace up slightly after that an in the 30 minute a driven shot byOwen Hughes saw an
Aintree defender put both hands up to protect his face, a shot goal
bound left the referee no choice but to award the penalty. Captain
Harry Sixsmith placed the ball and dispatched a purposeful shot to the
keepers right to take us in 2-1 at the break.
Harry had also gone close hitting the post with a fine shot only to be denied before the
break. Half time team talk was plain and simple, to get the ball on
the floor an play football like we had been all season, however this
fell on deaf ears and the boys continued to allow a battle to insue.
What was pleasing was the defence, with not much goal action the other
way as a team defensively we stood firm and ran out 2-1 winners.
Great credit to the referee also who handled some really difficult instances well. Aintree brought us a
different type of game on Sunday an although the football was
disappointing what Aintree did was made us adapt, dig in, grind out
and win ugly, a sign of a good team still unbeaten an top. Back to
football though next week boys. Well done. Margy.