Maghull 4 v 2 Merseyside Police
Tuesday 30th July 2013
The visitors came out all guns blazing (no pun intended) and really made a game of it. The first fifteen to twenty minutes saw them take a two goal lead and quite honestly, they could have been even further ahead.
Sloppy play by Maghull and not taking the game as a serious challenge, early on, also led to this quirky early scoreline. But fair play to Merseyside Police, who wanted to put on a show and for the most part they did.
Steve Williams reduced the arrears soon after and then there was a "what happened next" moment. Steve Williams was brought down for a penalty, which he then decided to take (I am a believer in the Thierry Henry theory, if brought down, don't take the pen) and struck the post. The rebound went straight to Tom Wharton who was "scythed" down and another penalty was awarded. Must have been within 5 seconds of the first one being missed. Danny Dillon stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. Parity was restored and we hadn't reached the half hour mark.
A tactical change by Phil Stafford had seen Williams move up front in a conventional 4-4-2 (once the score had gone to 0-2) instead of laying deeper and getting swallowed up by the opposition midfield. It had reaped it's rewards almost immediately.
The change of impetus was quite dramatic and the game really should have been dead and buried by half time. Maghull had taken complete control and created chance after chance,almost camping in and around the opposition box,but all to no avail. 2-2 remained the score at the interval.
Lessons were learnt from the sloppy start to the game and Maghull started the second half much more on the front foot.
Gradually wearing down the opposition, during a mainly one sided second half. The visitors played some good stuff on the break, but never really threatened the Maghull keeper.
Two more goals by Steve Williams completed his hat trick and rounded off a good performance, after the early wake up call.
A very entertaining match and one which I am sure Merseyside Police will be happy about, except the scoreline. The memorial match being played in the best of spirits and producing a very good game.
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