Today we faced Fc Bronze in the league and with a large squad showing up and 2 weeks rest much was expected from the lads today.
Manager Matthew Easterbrook like has been the case so far this season had difficult decisions to make regarding team selection, it’s going to be extremely hard to please everyone this year but like we have said so many times already the squad will compete for things this year not just the starting 11.
We got underway and signalled our intent straight away, Danny Curran firing a vicious shot from outside the box which looked destined to hit the top corner but somehow the keeper got the faintest of touches to it. Michael Neish looking to impress was causing FC Bronze some problems and was unfortunate with one effort which squirmed wide.
In truth the first 15 minutes we played too many long and wrong balls at times, once we settled down and started to play it was a joy to watch. Building intelligently from the back Matthew Easterbrook Michael edge and Paul Stewart started to find the midfield trio of Sam Adams Dave Leslie and Danny Curran and they started to rip holes in the backline of FC Bronze.
Philly Lennon in particular was a huge threat and was enjoying the service from the middle men, one rampaging run took him to the corner line and he was unfortunate to be pulled for the ball running out of play. Minute’s later we took the lead, Michael Neish held the ball up superbly and played a simple ball to the onrushing Paul Stewart who looked like Cafu in disguise when he rifled in a neat finish past the keeper 1-0.
We still had to be alert at the back and Danny Croker stand in keeper for the missing Jay, had to be alert twice in succession coming off his line and clearing danger away.
Tom Briggs started to grow into the game and it was his neat interplay with Liam Rose which resulted in Rose turning superbly and firing just wide, with the ball being cleared downfield it ended up to the feet of the gaffa who spotted Philly Lennon making a great run! He sprayed a beautiful long ball to him and Philly superbly tricked his way round 3 players and finished with ease to send us 2-0 up… terrific goal from a man who is playing tremendous of late.
We should have been even further in front Curran was guilty of a shocking miss and Neish screwed wide when well placed, Seconds later though it was 3-0, that man again Paul Stewart drove forward like a gazelle and crossed superbly to that man who never fails to get on the score sheet Liam Rose! Who headed past a shell shocked keeper.
The football we played at times was stunning simple fast flowing football, all across the team was pivotal in this but at the fulcrum of it was the 3 in the middle! Dave Leslie was mopping up and starting attacks using his vast experience to devastating effect, Sam Adams was like a Formula One car the engine the lad has is shocking and young Danny Curran was sensational showing maturity beyond his years the only way FC Bronze could stop him was to foul him (something he will have to get use to this season).
Second half got underway and we looked menacing again as Neish,Rose and Lennon all had opportunities to send us further in front.
The fourth goal soon came after building once again from back to front Michael Edge found himself down the left channel 30 yards from the goal, he shaped up to cross and the ball flew over the agonizing keeper to give us an unassailable lead 4-0.
We looked threatening with the ball!! from our defence to attack FC Bronze as neat and tidy as they were they couldn’t cope with our tempo, Tom Briggs drove forward and clipped a ball to Danny Curran 25 yards from goal he shaped up and hit a ferocious volley which left the keeper watching in awe as it flew into the corner for a tremendous goal 4-0.
Changes then came thick and fast Briggs and Rose were replaced by Kevin Machin and Matty Smith shortly followed by Kieran Hamm for a tired looking Michael Neish who had worked his socks off, this resulted in the game going into a bit of a lull as is expected when changes occur.
Still our defence were superb Paul Stewart, Mathhew Easterbrook and Michael Edge were solid all match and with Dave Leslie sitting in front FC Bronze had to come up with something special to get past this lot and the only time they caused us any moments of panic was when Danny Croker caught a hot ball and like a young child picking up hot chip he duly dropped it, but to be fair to Croker he done a great job in goal and like he mentioned to a young lady casually sitting on the bench on the way back to the changies “ive just kept a clean sheet you know!” the lady in question didn’t look to impressed but the lads were at least thankful for his efforts.
The last 2 changes were made with Edge and Easterbrook coming off for the last 25 minutes to allow Lee O’Donnell and Eli Thompson some valuable minutes, both made contributions O’Donnell clearing with some big headers and Thompson with some trademark rampaging runs down the left.
We started to once again come to life Kevin Machin was causing panic and was unlucky a couple of times with the ball just running away from him, Hamm went close with a header, Sam Adams who never stopped all game had a shot which looked destined to be in until it hit a defender on the way, then Matty Smith shown us exactly why he is so highly rated at the club with a sweet like chocolate finish. Kieran Hamm done tremendous to hold the ball up and play a neat ball to the onrushing Smith who teased the defender inside and out before feinting the keeper and passing the ball into the net to send us 6-0 up.
That’s how it ended another win and our unbeaten run continues and long may it last!
Plenty of good performances today Stewart and Easterbrook had terrific games again, Adams, Leslie and Lennon were superb all match but when you have team mates, spectators and indeed the referee comment on how good this player was the Gaffa gave M.O.M to the deserving if I say so myself Danny Curran for a superb performance in which he caused FC Bronze so many problems and capped a great display by firing a stunning volley in.
Back to cup action next week and a break from league duties facing a resurgent Victoria Colts.