Home league match played on 25 March 2012.
Kicked off at 10:45 AM

The UNITS lost their unbeaten home record this morning to in-form Snooks at a sweltering Borrington
Yet again for the UNITS the morning didn't start well with no shows, no alarms and late arrivals disrupting plans as we lined up as follows
Mala, Penna, Chinner, Darbs, Barney, Ashton, Baker, Jim, Coco, Jay & Marcus. Subs were Ross, Eggy, Pountney & Taylor

Snooks played 5 in midfield and enjoyed the lions share of the early possession but neither side had created much then on 10 minutes a low cross found it's way to the back post where Seymour sidefooted at goal only for Mala to make a smart save at his near post
The UNITS best chance came on 15 when a deep corner found Marcus who headed back across goal with no UNIT able to force the ball over the line from close range
There was a comedy moment on 25 minutes when Superstar Burgess rolled up late for SNOOKS, fancy being late for their cup final?
Snooks were next to threaten when Holt did well in midfield, played a shart 1-2 with Seymour before dragging his shot wide from 20 yards
Back came the UNITS and from a Jay throw Marcus flicked on for Jim to head goalwards from 8 yards only for the defender to hack off the line
With 35 gone the game was developing into a midfield battle and you felt it would take something special or a mistake to break the deadlock and for us, alas, it was the latter when Darbs sold Mala a little short with a backpass, Mala opted to take a touch round the striker and presented the ball to a Snooks player who helped it into the box where Seymour sidefooted into the unguarded net from 10 yards
The UNITS responded and after some decent build up play involving Marcus, Ashton and Coco Jay easily got away from Danny Flowers and raced clear, as the keeper came out he lobbed wide of the goal with our best chance to date
However Coco then forced the Snooks keeper into a good save at his near post with a left foot shot from 12 yards which he tipped round the post however we came in 1-0 down

Cuzer told the boys to keep going as it was all to play for and we were well in the game despite being nowhere near our best

The 2nd half started how the first ended with both midfields cancelling each other out yet Snooks extra man meant they were edging possession. However on 50 minutes Snooks extended their lead when Jim gave away a foul 35 yards from goal and Holty stepped up to send a rocket of a free kick into the top corner. This resulted in Brooksey doing the best David Pleat imprsession as he hop, skipped and jumped onto the pitch well....since David Pleat!

The UNITS then almost got back in the game twice as first after a sliced clearance their keeper missed the ball and Ashton was taken out with the goal gaping yet the referee was having none of it. Then on the hour mark Jay hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards which cannoned back off the post with the keeper well beat

Shortly after Taylor replaced Jim as Cuzer shuffled the pack but minutes later the game was over as a contest when Snooks MOM their left winger did well to get ourside Penna before firing a cross shot at goal, it was going yards wide but their sub flung himself at the ball and diverted a diving header into the back of the net

The UNITS heads dropped and Snooks missed two sitters to add to the score, one of them resulting in Mala damaging his ribs due to the laughing

Ross and Pountney then replaced the injured Ashton and Coco as the UNITS were playing for pride and really should have got a goal at least as first Darbs headed over from 6 yards from a Pountney free kick and then Taylor had a free header from the same distance but could only head straight at the keeeper

Snooks are a good side with some talented individuals and deserved their win, we need to be at our best to beat them but at the minute due to form, injuries and a light squad we're nowhere near our best but we dust ourselves down next week and travel to Gigmill for a double header where we'll try to get back on track

Man of the match went to Darbs who stuck to his task manfully despite being one of the four or five playing with injuries at the minute



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