Back in cup action against lower league side Cemex FC and finally back home at the oval.
A fast start saw us miss a host of chances, Alfie Textas returning to the starting 11 showed some quality fast feet to break down the left and his glancing cross to Philly Lennon was just hit over, seconds later Textas was involved again a neat 1-2 with James Thomas released Thomas but his well struck effort was saved low down to the keepers left.
Pressure was piling up and moments after that Curran found space and time on the edge of the box but rather than go for goal he tried to play in Lennon only to see the ball run out of play, frustrated with his decision seconds later he smashed into a full blooded but fair challenge to make up for his mistake.
Even with the amount of chances going our way too many players were taking too many touches and we needed to move the ball a lot quicker than we were, that happened seconds later when a great team move resulted in Ryan Smith hit a torpedo of a shot which just missed the target.
Thomas Briggs then went close with a great swerving effort from 25 yards which struck the crossbar, shortly after that the breakthrough came as a defensive clearance landed to skipper Lee O’Donnell who rifled a tremendous effort into the back of the net from just outside the box 1-0.
2 minutes after the breakthrough came, a second followed, great play from Edgey saw him release James Thomas down the left channel with a simple but destructive ball and a neat turn then boom a quality low rifled finish from Thomas sent us 2-0 up….great finish.
It started to get a tad messy again as we continually tried to take extra touches and not play the fast fluent football we should have, but shortly before half time we got a deserved third, Briggs hit a well struck effort which the keeper could only parry out to his left but from a tight angle the advancing Curran smashed in low with a neat finish 3-0.
Edge was replaced by Harper for the only change at half time.
We started quickly again, a great piece of play involving Smith and Thomas saw Curran released into the box, as he attempted to nick it past the keeper their centre half smashed thru him for a clear penalty…no said the ref!! To a shocked and bemused line and players.
Stu Hardman who was rested then replaced James Thomas and a welcome sight of last season’s top goal scorer Adam Coulls coming on in place of Kevin Machin for his first appearance of the season.
Coulls was straight in the mix playing in Curran who played a neat one two with Textas only to see his well struck effort hit the post and agonisingly come back across the line and cleared for a corner, the resulting Lennon cross was met by Stu Hardman who just fired over.
It was one way traffic our opponents couldn’t get out of their half, Ryan Smith broke up play shortly after being megged twice and played a clever flicked reverse pass to Curran who dinked a lovely ball to Textas who squeezed it past the keeper to give him a well-deserved goal 4-0…..lovely play.
As I said it was one way traffic Hardman, Coullsy and Sean Phillips who had replaced Briggs earlier all big chances to make the margin even bigger, but Hardman got his goal he wanted when a brilliant weighted pass from Coulls saw him smash past the keeper to send us 5-0 up.
Hardman then turned provider as he has done all season with a pass across the face of goal and Textas capped off a fine individual performance with a shot which took a slight deflection off the defender which sent the keeper the wrong way 6-0.
Moments after that a small confrontation escalated as Textas marker got so wound up by him literally taking the piss out of him too many times for his liking decided to launch his head at him, with the referee not noticing a small handbags battle occurred which seen Sam Yates explaining to said defender he’s now a black belt in jiu jitsu.
With Ten minutes to go Curran swapped tops with Easterbrook in goal, just so Easterbrook could spread his legs a bit as the earlier 80 minutes he had literally done sweet F.A as much of the play even from our defence was in their half.
With Easterbrook’s high screech pitch of I’m in, I’m In, I’m in being heard at levers Ryan Smith duly obliged but what happened next was the highlight of the game, with the goal at his mercy he went for power rather than placement and he spooned his effort hopelessly wide, disgusted with himself he took his top off and walked to the side smiling slightly as he put it back on the smile soon went as screams of book him from his own supporters drew the referees card out!
With minutes left Sam Yates got a goal he had been craving all game as Matthew Easterbrook’s misplaced pass sent him clean thru and he smashed it past the keeper 7-0.
That’s how it ended, an ok performance but by no means back to the required standard.
M.O.M went to Alfie Textas for a great performance full of tricks speed and effort well done and well deserved.