Ashville 0 - 1 Maghull
Saturday November 1st 2014 kick off 3pm
This game a had a similar feel to the one seven days previous.
More possession than the law allows, some great moves and some very good performances. But deary me, the finishing !!
A first half of more or less attack against defence, gave us the jitters as no matter what Maghull did, the ball was not going in the net. That Rooney bloke could have been watching as his alleged bit of genius, the following day, was performed with more skill and mugged two defenders, at Villa Park on Saturday. But still no end product came. The chances came and went and it got to the stage when I was questioning why do I keep counting the chances going begging.
As you may gather, the half time whistle brought about parity between the combatants,
The second half was much more of the same. No, I lie, it was even more one sided. The hosts stayed in the game, only due to more failures in front of the posts. And yes, they did start believing, like the rest of us, that this was last season all over again. When Maghull visited Ashville, dominated and lost to a flukey goal.
Fortunately, this time, the footballing gods were on the side of the visitors. It took 70 minutes to come and a substitution, but off from the bench came James Steel and he curled an effort past the keepers left hand and the ball nestled in the net, via the inside of the post.
At last Ashville decided to make an attempt at getting into the game, but a fine clearance from Danny Boyle (wondered what had happened to him after the Olympics) was really the sum total of any urgency they caused to Maghulls rearguard.
The sensible thing was done, close the game out, take no chances and accept the three points. It could and maybe should, have been three or four nil, comfortably. But the win was the most important thing on the agenda and from a bit of abogey ground in recent years, it was nice to come away with the honours.
I made, what I was told was, a bold statement last season. After the last three games, I will repeat it again. Someone soon is going to get a hiding at the hands of this side. The patient has recovered and is ready to play. Just a little more medicine needed and it will be business as usual. No pressure lads !!!
Next game : Capenhurst Villa away Saturday 8th November 2014 Pyke Cup kick off 1.30pm
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