Handing away a lead, stuck in the mud revisited and the mind of a linesman

Christleton 2 v 1 Maghull    Saturday 2nd February 2012

What a bad day at the races.

What began as a comfy stroll in the park, became quite frustrating and there really is no way of dressing it up, the lads got what they deserved.

A slow pace to the start of the game, allowed Maghull to play the ball around a bit. The home side not really featuring, in the early exchanges.

It should only be a matter of time, before we took the lead and this was the case, when Sean Sanderson tapped in at the far post. Good play down the right hand side left the home team ball watching and Sando wandered into the space and had the easiest of jobs to put us one up.

At this time it was looking rosey and three points where a certainty. Even when Christleton made the most of some good fortune, from a defensive slip, to equalise, it seemed to be just a minor blip.

When Christleton went down to 10 men after 35 minutes, well, the three points where guaranteed.

Half time came and went at 1-1, even giving a couple of subs some extra warm up exercise, by pushing my vehicle out of the swamp, it had embedded itself in. So much for car parking and they charged me an entrance fee. Anyway, it gave some annoyance to our erstwhile Director of Football, so all was not lost.

The second half onslaught was on. Sorry, I was mistaken, it wasn't.

The half time oranges must have had some sleeping draft in them, as the second half passed very slowly and tediously.

The only thing of note, that occurred in a dreary 45 minutes, was an inexcusable hand ball offence in our box, that culminated in gifting the home side the victory. The penalty struck home well, into the bottom corner.

A brief shining light, came when the jolly linesman, who loved flagging from five yards behind the play (give him credit, he got a few right) decided to go for that age old reasoning, that a player could not possibly have gained so much space, therefore he must be offside.
Wrong !

This shocking decision, that brought about much heated banter on the touchline, was probably our final serving of humble pie.

It may have flattered us though, as both sides played poorly. But Christleton, with a man short, showed more fighting spirit and on that alone, deserved to take the points.

A VT and some spirit needed, from the lads, this week Steve.

Next fixture : Vauxhall Motors Reserves away Saturday 9th February 2013 kick off 3pm

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