A deceiving pitch, decent officials, but did they really enjoy it

Blacon YC 0 - 5 Maghull

Saturday 18th January 2015 kick off 2pm

The scoreline gives the impression that I should be waxing lyrical, about a five star performance, the nap hand (still don't know where that saying came from) and any other football related cliche that you can muster up. But no !

Maybe I am getting picky, but though this performance probably would have gained the three points in the last game, it should also have produced many, many, more goals than they actually scored. Coupled with two or three moments from sleepy hollow.

Let's get the bad points out of the way.

Twice in this game, sloppiness gave the Blacon forward acres of space to take on Lee Carrol. On both occasions he came second best, but as we saw against Vauxhalls, the Maghull custodian cannot keep everything out. The first of these actually came with the scores at 0-0 so the save could have been a game changer. In reality, even if Blacon had taken the lead, the end result would not have been much different, such was the gulf in class.But these moments have to be eradicated, quickly.

But it did take nigh on 30 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, when Michael Boyle, Rob Dutton and James Steel decided to pass their way around the Blacon defence and set up Mikey Cummins to clip a right footer into the far corner.

The game had been a bit of a tetchy affair and I don't think much love was lost between the protagonists, but in fairness (and I have been quite scathing at times this season) the officials kept a lid on the simmering pot of nastiness that threatened to boil over. Keeping the players under control and on a glue pot of a pitch, that looked fine from a distance but had more ruts than your average farmers field, kept the game flowing. Which was an achievement in itself and probably a credit to both sets of players to produce any kind of spectacle.

That more or less summed up the first half, a goal, simmering feuds and a decent save. Oh and Blacon hit the woodwork on a breakaway.

The second half, apart from the aberration that nearly gave the hosts a consolation, was target practice. Blacon never gave up and attacked at every opportunity, but the only surprise was the final scoreline. And the sitter of the season.

Danny Dillon had increased the score, hitting home at the near post from a pass by Boyle, when James Steel looked for the hole in the ground. Cummins beat the right back, squared the ball to Steel who had over three quarters of the goal to tap into. Somehow he hit it straight into the arms of the hosts keeper who was stranded by his post. A huge let off, may be. But Steel did what all strikers should do, forgot the miss and he then made amends by cracking a left footed strike past the stranded keeper, merely minutes later and now it really was game over.

Brad Smart came off the bench to smash one into the roof of the net from the edge of the box and Mikey Cummins completed the rout guiding his shot into the far corner. You can get excited with these wins lads, or at least smile like you mean it. Was like 1950's celebrations, a pat on the back and well done for scoring chap !

Chances had come and gone, the earlier gripes had died down and the referee finally brought about the end of Blacons miserable day. It was not a classic and the pitch was never going to allow that to happen. But scoring five away from home in third gear and missing a multitude of chances is fair dinkum by me. Only for two stupid results this season, and lack of firepower in one other game, then Maghull would still be in the mix for the title. Those fine lines between success and ...............

Next game : TBA no game listed at time of going to press

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