Last night could have been a real horror show for The Revs. Late kick off’s are not the best for the old men and add to that rain and a really nippy wind coming in, The Revs were feeling a touch of the Klopps as a result (pesky wind!). Anyone would think football is played outdoors.
Last time out NBS FC beat The Revs with 2 early 2nd half goals during a period of lack of concentration and sloppy defending and it seemed history was going to repeat itself.
The Revs had all the play in the opening exchanges. The opposition could not get on the ball or generally out of their half. The Revs chances came steady and often from good interplay, corners and even route one. But everything was oh so nearly…
And then the horror set in. NBS’s first attack… well marshalled but a long range slow daisy cutter slipped under Myers – a bread and butter save for someone of Myer’s skills but taking his eye off the ball cost. One attack and 1-0 NBS.
It seemed really unfair based upon the opening stanza, but The Revs continued to dominate possession and chances. NBS had a half break after 10 minutes and Myers – thinking a cross was coming in – moved off his line. The winger took a chance smashing the ball goal bound and it caught our little soldier off-guard. Two attacks and 2-0 to the opposition.
They must have been living the dream, having not played particularly well and finding themselves 2 to the good.
The Revs had an ace to play though and that came in the form of man of the match Tyman who seemed to be everywhere on the pitch in that first half and it was his tenacity to win the ball and play a perfectly weighted ball over the last man to Hartrick that got The Revs back into the game. Hartrick plucking the ball out of the air with finesse and slotting away for his first goal since that long lay-off.
It didn’t stop there either as The Revs ploughed on once again and a succession of corners led to a miskick by the defender and a flap by the keeper and Tyman launched himself like a leaping salmon to the rebound to head home from a yard and level the scoring up before half time.
The Revs were in the groove now after a positive half time talk and sensed the win was there if they kept it tight at the back and adventurous in the final third. And the chances came as The Revs carved up the opposition at times. Hartrick was put through but his second touch was a tad too heavy allowing the keeper to pounce, Tyman had a neat lob over the keeper that went just over the crossbar and Dave P could not get on the end of Beardall’s fierce drive into the box after brilliant play on the by-line.
Myers was fairly redundant at the back such was the dominance. The opposition resorting to long range efforts or hoofing it forward for their big man to play off.
Finally, late on The Revs got just reward though. Another sustained period of pressure led to a corner that was whipped in by Hartrick and Tyman smashed in his second and The Revs 3rd to finally take a justified lead.
The lead could have been even more masterful had it not been for the miss of the season. Great play once again by Tyman, at the heart of everything for The Revs last night, drew the keeper late on and squared to Dave P who just could not sort his feet out and missed an open goal. We will put it down to ring rust and too much elephant juice after his trip to Sri Lanka!
The opposition got desperate late on looking for an equaliser, lofting the ball towards Myers but it was easy pickings for The Revs boys who saw the game out to register the win over 3rd placed NBS FC with a fine performance to boot.
Last night saw some of the best play The Revs had produced this season and as I say, the score line actually flatters the opposition as there was only ever one team in this.
RTID mutha funsters!