Home cup match played on 06 November 2016.
Kicked off at 11:00 AM

Back in cup action against Upton FC today at home.

A quick start saw us gain an early few corners delivered by Curran into the mixer, on the third occasion Easterbrook headed down to Lee O’Donnell who smashed an effort past the keeper to give us an early lead 1-0.

We started to knock the ball round confidently and pressured Upton whenever they had the ball, a result in good pressure seen Ryan Smith produce a sublime back heel into the feet of Alfie Textas who hit across the face of goal and the onrushing Adam Coulls fired to make it 2-0.

Then for 15 minutes we strangely took our foot of the gas allowing Upton to get back into the game with a decent spell of possession for the visitors.

Great play by Ste Harper and Textas played in Curran who pulled back to Ryan Smith on the edge and he rifled a great effort on target which had the keeper scrambling to save.

Just before half time we got a deserved third, the tireless James Thomas worked hard to win us a corner and Curran once again hit it in the mixer and Easterbrook rose like a salmon to bullet a header past the keeper 3-0.

Half Time

With not long than 2 minutes of the second half underway we got our fourth, Adam Coulls slipped in Stu Hardman Cleverley and the ace marksman finished exquisitely 4-0.

Upton had hardly time to breathe before we got our fifth, a quite stunning long ball from James Thomas found Hardman one on one he made no mistake to get his second of the day 5-0, he so nearly could have had a hat trick seconds later when another great raking ball this time from Curran saw Hardman expertly tackled at the last second just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Keeping up with the tradition of some excellent balls being put in Ryan Smith hit a beauty to Kevin Machin who had earlier replaced Adam Coulls, Machin advanced into the area and smashed past the keeper for 6-0.

Moments after that Smith hit another stunning ball to Lennon who like Hardman before him was just tackled at the last moment.

The impressive Curran then controlled a high ball superbly and played in Hardman, as he danced his way to goal it looked like contact was made in the box but the ref waved away Hardman’s protest’s, the resulting clearance fell to Lennon who saw his follow up shot saved on the line.

The game filtered out to the end and that’s how it ended, a decent performance and we make our way to the higher round of another cup…..long may it continue.

Some good performance’s today, Curran box to box all game, O’Donnell as strong as gorilla glue , Thomas worked his plums off all were superb, decent effort from Smith and Hardman as well, Easterbrook played well and to be fair scored a bullet header but struggled to pick an M.O.M so will have a think before adding it.

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