Maghull 2-1 Heswall
Saturday 11th January 2014 kick off 2pm
I am back... stop groaning, but thanks for the get well stuff etc... now, to the important stuff.
Can we start hoping, that the weather takes a turn for the better and that the pitches on the Wirral dry up, after another bout of seemingly waterlogged grounds, stopped any league matches across the water.
In, what the bookies would describe as, a home banker, the conditions played a huge part in a mainly uneventful 90 minutes. Both sides struggled on a sticky pitch, that was more suited to 1970's rugby, than football. Though credit to a few players who adapted quite well, but you know I don't single out individuals for praise.
The first half was a snoozefest. Ben Sumner woke us up with a booking, but other than that, it was tedium served cold. Billy Buck, of the, give the ref a bad time, school, passed comment that we had started to perk up and could do with half time not coming, was proved 100 per cent correct.
Jay McGrane went outside his man down the left, crossed for Steve Williams/ Colin McDonald (ok I am not sure which one) to lay the ball back and Michael Boyle put Maghull one up, driving the ball home. Then the half time whistle went.
The second half was not much more of a spectacle, to be honest.
Michael Boyle put Maghull two up, with an effort that must have been one of those where he gave the keeper the eyes. The keeper did not respond to Boyles effort at all, as he side footed home from the edge of the box. And the points were in the bag.
Heswall did make an effort to get into the game and even struck the woodwork twice, whereas Maghull made three substitutions. This brought about a much needed impulse to the game. But when you have quality of the like, on the sidelines, who want a starting place, then this is bound to happen. And realistically, it should have ended up 4 or 5 again. But chances went begging.
Instead we had a last minute shock, when Heswall claimed a consolation that snook past a despairing Lee Carrols left hand.
Due to the postponements of all but one other league game, the lead at the top has increased to 21 points. Eleven straight league wins on the bounce, does not look like ending. Maghull having played in third gear for the last few weeks, yet still taking the points up for grabs.
So why, do I keep counting the points needed, to win the title. (for the record, it's 13 from eight games, it may even be 10 from seven, dependent upon a league decision on the Ashville game) It is over, it is just when. And now I am going to change my name to Salman Rushdie before the committee slaughters me for cursing the clubs title challenge.
Next game : Christleton away Saturday 18th January 2014 kick off 2pm
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