A late wake up, dracula syndrome and what could have been

Newton 2 -1 Maghull

Saturday 15th August kick off 3pm

The curse of the M56 struck once again as a bunch of rubberneckers decide to cause a 5 mile tail back to stare at a accident on the other side. Please, if you want to look at road accidents, sit at home and watch you tube and let the rest of us drive. So my arrival on Saturday was 10 minutes late and bad news greeted me.

The opinion given to me was that a sloppy goal had been conceded after three minutes from a corner and the lads had yet to recover. Within two minutes the home sides lead was doubled, when another cross into the middle was met by an attacking player and the ball nestled in the corner of the net. I hope this is just a matter of personnel settling in, as Maghull do have some tall lads in that back four and should command these things.

Newton pretty much had the upper hand for the rest of the first half, obviously bouyed up by their impressive start. And though not threatening a third goal, did cause some dangerous situations for Maghull and made them fight to keep the scoreline at two nil. Maghulls only effort of note in the first half was a long distance strike from Brad Smart that the keeper palmed down. The referees whistle could not come soon enough.

The first ten minutes of the second half was dullth esville Arizona (must be some Reggie Perrin fans out there) Maghull still in a malaise and Newton hadn't come out. A couple of substitutions changed the game and Maghull came back to life. So much so, that with minutes left some Newton players were asking the ref how long was left to play. During this spell Maghull struck the post, brought a very good save out of the keeper and finally got their reward and got back in the game. Newton got mugged from a corner when Sam Wilkie back headed a near post corner and Max Hornby arrived at the back post to head home. Game on.

Being in the ascendancy, the visitors really should have taken full advantage of the worries in the home camp. The play was much sharper and the movement, that was lacking in the first half, was causing Newton no end of problems. A few corners came to nothing, the wrong side of the post seemed a popular area for efforts on goal and when Tom Foley fashioned a chance for himself, he saw his effort rise over the bar from yards.

Maybe that was the final straw, as Newton managed to get their heads together and took the sting out of the game. It could be called good game management. They were happy to play long balls into the corners and hold the ball up, with no real intention of pushing for a third. Though one long range effort did force Lee Carrol to make his first real save since the first fifteen minutes had elapsed. Just need to take advantage of those dominant periods, as when playing well two sides have now struggled to cope. But both sides have taken the three points.

Back home on Wednesday night, with a small matter of a game against the reigning champions. Not a bad game to get some points on the table.

Next game : South Liverpool home Wednesday 19th August 2015 kick off 6.30pm

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