Away league match played on 15 January 2017.
Kicked off at 11:00 AM

Telegraph today in a massive game, another match where we had to play with players playing out of position and players missing but like last match we could sense the lads were up for it today and wanted the result.

In what was a scrappy battle but thoroughly enjoyable match we started off pretty slow out of the blocks, Lee O’Donnell making an early terrific goal saving challenge and Dan Poval continuing his recent good form with a great block in the area.

The sense of how much we wanted it was epitomised by Kevin Machin who early doors tracked back and put a solid shoulder to shoulder challenge in and played a fine ball down the right wing to Philly Lennon whose cross just evaded our forwards Phillips and Hardman.

26 minutes on the clock and the breakthrough came Ryan Smith hit a great cross from a short corner and Philly Lennon forced the keeper to make a save pushing out wide on the left the ball fell to Hardman who smashed a shot into the back of the net 0-1.

We was battling very well but not playing our vintage football and we was punished moments later when a silly free kick conceded on the left was hit in and missed everyone bar the goal, a sloppy goal to concede but one which had the oppositions backs up 1-1.

For the remaining 15 minutes it was very scrappy from both sides and we went in 1-1 at half time.

Half timeAgain it was a very scrappy start to the half admittedly from both sides as mistakes was happening all over the pitch.

Changes were made tactically to try and get a foothold on the game the returning Kieran Hamm and Michael Edge came on and immediately had an impact, but things could have got so much worse Easterbrook then stuck his hand out to concede a free kick right on the edge, their striker was thru on goal if he hadn’t of handled but Easterbrook wasn’t even booked, something which he was glad upon later on when a silly tackle could have got him in deep trouble.

It was enjoyable watching a battle, but nothing of real quality was on show from either teams and it looked like the game was headed for a draw until Hardman showed some real quality when he worked a tremendous ball into the box and Sean Phillips finished superbly to send the line and team wild 1-2.

All we needed to do was keep it tight for 10 minutes to take the sting out of Telegraph who once again had their tails up, a sloppy corner conceded was put in the mixer and their defender rose highest to plant a header past McLaughlin in goal 2-2.

With 10 minutes to go chaotic scenes happened Philly Lennon after great work by Edge was released down the left wing and he put a great ball into the box which was met by Hamm who took a touch and placed a neat finish past the keeper to send everyone wild 2-3.

The last 10 minutes to be fair were our best all game as we defended solidly and should have got another goal as Rose entered the fray and found himself one on one but his shot was well saved by their keeper.

Time was ticking and when the ref finally blew it was a relief to get a massive 3 points, silly scenes at the end marred a decent win, to be fair to Telegraph it must have hurt as they probably should have got something out of the game but we will and can play so much better next time we meet.

We showed grit today in abundance and we can now take this win into the next game against fellow rivals Shafts Youth in what will be another massive game where another 3 points is a must, win and we would take a massive step towards our target this season.

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