Mallaby 2-0 Maghull
Saturday 25th October 2014 kick off 3pm
If this scoreline had read Mallaby 2 Maghull 6 it would not have been a misleading tale.
But for that to have happened, you have to at least test the keeper.. On this occasion it didn't happen.
For the first half hour, Mallaby barely got out of their own half. But with poor finishing and sloppy play, Maghull managed to conjure up a half time deficit, after being in total control of the match. It became inspirational to the hosts, that no matter how much Maghull created, their goalkeeper was never under any threat. The closest shave coming when a shot was cleared off the line after a goalmouth melee. Then came the crippling blow.
From a keepers clearance, somehow a passage of play resulted in a moses moment and the ball in the back of Maghulls net. Much to the surprise of even the Mallaby faithful and staff. Leaving a few of us a little bewildered at the break.
Having grown in confidence, the hosts sensed their first win against Maghull and improved in the early stages of the second half. Somewhat helped by the dismissal of Ryan Stamper, which made the game an even bigger uphill battle. Soon after, Maghulls defence were at sixes and sevens (whoever came up with that saying ?) and the Mallaby right winger was left with more space than Neil Armstrong and cracked a stunner into the stanchion and now the pressure was really on.
The response was good. A change to three in defence, pressing Mallaby back and creating more chances. But again, not hitting the target. It all became very frustrating, as I am sure some of you are quite aware of by now. Unfortunately, it was one of those days. What should have been three points, turned into a defeat and on the weekend of the birth of Dylan Thomas, was it poetic justice ? After all, Maghull came here last season and went away with all three points after the hosts missed a multitude of chances.
We need to get back on track and quickly. Or I may have to throw my season ticket at the manager.
Next game : Ashville away league Saturday 1st November 2014 kick off 3pm
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