Time for the start of our redemption journey and today pitted us back into League action in what became a very valuable game for us against Victoria Colts. A big win today was needed as we need our goals for account to be unreachable just in case it comes down to goal difference come the season end.
From the off we looked extremely hungry and indeed by the end of the game we were more than full, Ryan Smith placing a great cross in from the right with Adam Coulls forcing a superb save from the tall keeper in the first seconds outlined our ambitions today.
A matter of minutes later and their keeper who performed superbly last time out once again pulled off another tremendous save, saving at the second attempt from Matty Smith who had worked his way into the box brilliantly.
It wouldn’t take us long before we broke the keeper’s resistance as after a mistake by a defender Kevin Machin rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net to send us on our way 0-1. Matthew Easterbrook in goal once again only had to deal with one thing all first half when after a fair tackle was deemed a foul by Lee O’Donnell a swinging cross was put in but Booie bravely came out to collect on the floor catching a late kick in the knee for his efforts.
Sean Phillips back in the starting 11 after recent good performance’s off the bench was electric in the first half and it was his trademark surging run down the right and inch perfect cross which found Rose in the middle but he couldn’t keep his header down and it flew narrowly over.
Another mistake by their defenders earnt us our second goal on 25 minutes as a failed clearance found its way to Philly Lennon on the left 30 yards from goal advancing a few yards past one challenge he struck an absolute beauty which rifled in the top right corner past a desperately lunging keeper 0-2.
Then the dreaded word of the past few weeks came out again and sort of put a dampener on the start we had made, Liam Rose who had looked sharp and keen chased a ball advancing in the box he pulled up nastily and stayed down, once I went over to him he muttered those words which have been synonymous with us these past 3 weeks “Hamstring”, he couldn’t even walk and had to be helped from the pitch and Michael Neish came bouncing on looking to send a statement out.
For the next 10 minutes the match became very scrappy and quiet, until the last 10 minutes when it came back to life again Coullsy put in a superb ball down the right channel to Sean Phillips and he fired once again a great cross into Neishy who fired a sharp shot just over the bar, moments later Neishy got his goal as once again a defensive mistake let us in.
A poor back pass was chased by Neish and he cleverly tapped past the advancing keeper and it seemed to take a lifetime for it to cross the line, eventually nestling in the far corner to send us further in front 0-3. Moments after that Kevin Machin put in a great ball to Sean Phillips and he hit a shot which looked like it was in until their defender cleared off the line.
Minutes before the half time whistle we got our 4th, after a great ball by Ryan Smith found Coullsy in acres of space down the right, he fired a terrific cross in and Neishy managed to touch it onto Matty Smith at the back post to fire into the net 0-4.
Same again was the moral of the story, our defence was hardly called into action and we was playing some lovely stuff, nice to watch as once again we got our footballing brains working after a few matches of poor distribution.
And minutes into the start we went further ahead as a great Philly Lennon ball found its way to Sean Phillips who deservedly got on the score sheet with a simple but sweet finish 0-5, moments later Philly Lennon was at it again as neat feet found him on the corner line and he tapped across goal where Adam Coulls was waiting to place a shot in the net 0-6.
To rest Kevin Machin he then made way for yours truly Tommy Curran who came on in the middle of midfield to continue to run things alongside Coullsy and Ryan Smith.
Straight in the action Curran got on the ball straight away and after being fed a short corner worked between Lennon and Matty Smith, Smith heard the screams of Curran on the edge of the box playing a simple ball Curran Collected, placed the ball through the advancing defenders legs and with one touch 25 yards from goal hit an unnerving ball which flew curing all the way gracing the inside of the far post and gracing the corner of the net at the same time for what was described in the notes in my absence as an absolute screamer!! 0-7. Cue crowd going wild and the despairing face of Booie in goal!
Thank yourselves lucky I haven’t gone on about it for a few more paragraphs…I could do but I’m rather busy at the minute telling my boss about it!!
With 18 odd minutes to go Sean Phillips Sam Yates and Matty Smith made way for Daniel Croker, Jimbob and Liam Rezza (I aint making the effort of spelling his name if he can’t even remember how to spell it) .
Still we wanted more but it was Colts who broke away only for Booie to fly off his line and force a decent stop, releasing Ryan quick down the left, the ball was played to Edge who played it inside to the feet of Adam Coulls who advanced a good few yards (missing my screams to pass to me) then hit a sweetly struck low finish into the bottom corner 0-8 …….great finish.
James Thomas was a great sight to see on the pitch after his recent injury and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet when a neat ball by Coullsy fed him inside the box but just hit it wide as did Ryan Smith when played in by Croker screwing the ball wide when Neishy was waiting at the back post for a tap in.
Daniel Croker then wiped out their winger to cheers from the crowd then laughter came after Rezza fluffed his corner attempt.
We still looked for more and after a great Crossfield ball from Jimbob landed at the feet of Coullsy yards from goal he tapped in for his Hat-Trick 0-9.
Our defence still had to do a professional job and Lee O’Donnell had to avert danger in the dying minutes likewise Edge as did Curran with one good tackle and clearance.
That’s how it ended and a terrific performance back to our footballing ways and the result does our goal difference a world of good.