A false start, a sloppy ending, but the rest was pretty good.

Blacon YC 2 - 4 Maghull

Saturday 31st October 2015  kick off 3pm

I have a bit of a battle on my hands here. I am not one for praising individuals, but from that you may grasp there were a few on show who put in a bit of a performance. I will leave it there, but if you ask if one was you and I say no, don't be too disappointed. The team as a whole played very well.

Two aspects of the day took away the gloss. There really should have been a larger number in the goals for column and drifting to sleep in the dying moments is not a good idea. But you know I will always look for the bad things. But all in all, a good day out, even if the timings seemed a bit out.

The clocks going back 7 days earlier meant a two o'clock kick off. Errrrm no ! Some of us had the honour of standing about for a while and having to listen to another football match on the radio instead of seeing it in the pub, as a 3 o'clock kick off took a couple of us by surprise.

But once underway, Maghull made their intentions clear, by setting their stall out in Blacons half and staying there until they had taken the lead. It could have been one or two already, before a cracking flick on by Brad Smart found Mark Madden, who kept his head and lobbed the keeper. Strangely, this seemed to do the trick for Blacon as they woke up and got involved in the game and within five minutes had levelled matters up. As good a strike as it was that finished in the net, the passage of play from the throw in that led to the goal, was at best, sloppy defending. But the positive was, no heads dropped.

Blacon did now make a game of it, but the next goal was really important for them and Maghull got it. A ball in from the left caused maximum concern for the hosts defence, Madden wanted it more, he won the battle and placed his effort just inside the post. More chances came and went for Maghull, Blacon relying on breakaways and not causing any real worries for the visitors defence, though you could not fault them for effort.

The second half was a repeat of the first, near enough. Only we had different scorers and Blacons keeper put on a bit of a show. Brad Smart helped himself to a brace this time, the first when Maghull carved the defence up for him to net his first, the second when faced by a defender, he turned him inside out and smashed a left footer into the roof of the net, past Blacons best player on the day.
The keeper had managed to pull off a cracking save or two in the first half, but his save from Smarts free kick and then his double save later on kept the hosts in the game (at that point)

A touch of over confidence and thinking the game was over is all I can think as to why and how Blacon managed to get a goal back in the fading light,with moments to go. They actually had another half chance very soon after, just before the referee blew his whistle. The game was a good one to watch, fair and played in good spirits by both sides. Can't see any problems with the officials, they probably had a very easy day. Nice to get back into winning ways after another penalty loss and a ghost goal. in the previous two weeks.

Next game : Mossley Hill Athletic away Saturday 7th November 2015 kick off TWO (2) PM

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