Back once again at New Ferry and that ever so tight pitch, but today was cup action and after seeing them up close last week we knew it was going to be a tough game.
Big changes were made to freshen up the team and to give lads a deserved starting spot, all they had to do was stand up and take it.
A difficult start to the game saw New Ferry get some early pressure on us and it was similar to last week as they were first to everything.
We had some slim chances as great work by JimBob saw Povall head just over then looked to be fouled in the area but the ref waved on.
Moments after that chance we should have been a goal down, left 1 on 1 Jason McLaughlin made a stunning save after a lapse in concentration at the back.
It started to get worse mistakes crept in all over the pitch and another one saw New Ferry fire a free kick which smashed the crossbar, the free kick given inside the box for a supposedly back pass and handled ball from Jason.
Then it came as it had been all half, after a succession of corners New Ferry scored with an unchallenged header 1-0.
In truth we was lucky it was just 1-0 at half time and stern words and major changes need to happen.
A change in personnel and formation.
Easterbrook, Hardman and Curran entered the fray at half time and their impact was immediate, Easterbrook calmed the defence superbly, Curran started to get us playing on the floor and allow Leslie and Smith to dictate while Hardman came on with a point to prove.
Chances started to come as we literally camped in the half for the majority of the half, Jimbob with a wicked bouncing ball found himself clear but just shot wide as did Hardman moments later just firing wide.
Time was ticking and new ferry were fighting for their lives but this Dell team doesn’t know when its beaten and with 4 minutes on the clock the New Ferry wall crumbled in dramatic fashion.
A goal mouth scramble occurred as players lined up to shoot and New Ferry got in blocks left right and centre, the ball fell to Hardman and he calmly slotted underneath the keeper to spark wild celebrations on the pitch and the side.
Then with the 90 minute being played the impressive Philly Lennon made a great turn and played a sumptuous ball into the feet of Phillips and like a carbon copy of last week he finished superbly past the stranded keeper to spark absolute scenes on the pitch and line as Ryan Smith nearly flipped me over his shoulders celebrating a superb comeback and second half performance.
The whistle was then blown on a pulsating cup match, credit to New Ferry a solid team who work 100%, a team who will take points off teams and be challenging this year no doubt, but after the changes at the start of the second half we looked a completely different team and hopefully we can produce this type of performance next week when we have to visit them for the third time on the bounce.