In the first half of the season The Revs let themselves down against Farcelona after dominating the entire game but only drawing 0-0 with Farcelona offering no threat at all.
This game seemed to be heading the same way.
Farcelona defend deep and then pump the ball forward to their stocky lad to flick on or hold up.
This has always been their tried and tested game plan.
However this was bread and butter to The Revs and especially P. Pinkstone.
So effective was his display that the opposition had to resort to long range efforts, which again caused no problem Myers.
So this left the task for The Revs to capitalise and actually score goals.
Which is always a tough ask in the absence of top scorer Hartrick.
However, J. Evans has come into a run of form, not with goals of course, but creating space and causing havoc at the back for the opposition.
Evans ran himself ragged closing down and chasing lost causes, but once again the opposition goal was kept at bay.
L. Evans had a few of his typical bull runs we’ve grown accustomed to, but allows a rush of blood to the head with the final ball.
One such hit flew high, wide and mighty.
D. Pinkstone was having a good time out wide, getting into plenty of space, closing players down and winning the ball. He was whipping balls into the middle but the defence held strong.
The turning point came when Beardall entered the arena. His introduction livened things up and he was having a ball spraying passes round the pitch.
This worked to J Evans’ game, working off the shoulder of the last man and letting Beardall find him.
When P. Pinkstone found himself in space and pinged a pass across the pitch out wide to Beardall, his first time through ball was gobbled up by J. Evans who finished coolly with his left foot under a despairing keeper.
You would think he had been doing this all season and wasn’t only his first goal of the campaign! Once The Revs had the lead there was no going back.
Even if it took a further 10 minutes to add to that lead.
This time L. Evans did keep his calm and after intercepting the ball finished with a brilliant shot into the bottom corner the keeper had no chance with.
D. Pinkstone went on a rampage up the pitch and was unlucky not to add to The Revs tally when he took aim from distance and hot the outside of the post.
Confidence from all was definitely up.
Patrolling the middle of the park was Steane and Tyman, who were also having a ball against inferior opposition. It was Tyman that released J. Evans once again, under heavy pressure from the defender, but managed to turn him and as he was been dragged to the floor in the penalty area the keeper smashed the ball but J. Evans stretched a foot out and saw his second of the game go in.
Corners and kick ins followed as the pressure mounted on the opposition. Beardall spotted an unmarked Tyman from the corner who didn’t need asking twice before making it 4-0.
Tyman was again involved as he took aim moments later but the keeper could only parry out the powerful strike and that goal poacher we all know and love, Steane, was there to tap in the 5th.
The boys were running riot in the second half! So much was the dominance that it allowed P. Pinkstone to maraud forward and he almost got on the end of a sublime cross from Beardall. If only he was a little taller!
Late on though, the opposition managed to get a rare break that led to a corner. The ball was whipped in but it was too easy for Myers who caught in full flight. However, in the process of thinking about his next move he spilled the ball allowing the opposition to tap in for a consolation goal.
A rare mistake from Myers and no clean sheet bonus! It didn’t matter though as The Revs ploughed forward, they were in no mood to allow the opposition to get wind in their sails.
And after further pressure another corner was given and as before Tyman took up position on the edge of the area. This time Steane spotted him and whipped it in and the same result was produced. Bottom corner, two for Tyman.
As the lads gathered for the kick off the full time whistle went and a 6-1 thrashing had been handed out.
The Revs most handsome this season and secured a top 6 spot.
The improvement continues!