The new boys pay a visit, a cliche festival and those first game blues

Maghull 0 - 2 Rainhill Town

Wednesday 12th August 2015 kick off 6.30pm

Hello everyone ! Nice to see you all again and for those of you missing, where were you ? Hope you all enjoyed the summer, what a lovely day it was. Anyway, we have football to talk about again, so let's go.

A pleasant evening greeted the sides, which made a nice change of late, for this evening kick off. And it was nice to see a game with some passion. Messrs Rodgers and Hughes take note. We do not like boring football !

No, I wont plug this full of cliches, though many could be used. But I was surprised, had a change of mind and saw a dogged rearguard turn into the dominant force. Last seasons division two champions showed up and on first impression looked quite a bit out of their depth. A shoot on site policy together with a bizarre ideal of hooking the ball blindly up field, from anywhere on the pitch left me highly unimpressed. Maghull, though far from playing well, looked the only likely scorers. They had a chance cleared off the line and later a melee saw the ball cleared away from the line twice more. To rub salt into the home sides wounds, a perfectly good goal was ruled out close to the break, for no explainable reason. Some nice approach play combined with a few poor misses and last ditch defending kept the game scoreless at 45 minutes. The hosts just had to keep playing as they were, maybe up a gear and the goal and victory was sure to come.

Rainhill obviously had a rollicking at half time and came out trying to play the game more in Maghulls half. Then a defining moment turned the game on it's head. What would have been a normal headed ball forward, was flicked sideways to the full back (after a great call) he played a ball down the line, the winger put in a smashing cross and the incoming sub thumped a header past Lee Carrol. The first bit of football Rainhill had tried to play and they had cut Maghull to pieces. Not sure if the shock of going a goal down caused the following slump, but no quick reaction came. In fact, Rainhill began to pass the ball about and looked quite a dangerous outfit, while at the back, they contained Maghull relatively easily

Maghull did not fail in the endeavour department, they were just a fraction off in guile and cunning (the visitors did very well at breaking up the play) When the last pass was good, it was met with a shot blocked or an effort going the wrong side of the post. It has to be said that the defending was of the highest order, confirmed more so when a last minute effort was once more cleared off the line. By which time the points had been lost, when a free kick from some twenty yards out made it straight into the far corner and some wild celebrations from the visitors on gaining three much deserved points on their travels in their debut game in the league.

The result was made much worse on hearing the news of Tom Wharton being ruled out for 6 weeks with what could be a cartilage problem and Jay Steele also hobbling off with an ankle injury that will probably rule him out for at least Saturdays game. Once again, the opening fixture had proved to be a fruitless one, But the return of Tom Foley after his horrible injury lay off, was a welcoming sight and a huge boost for both player and the club. After his soiree with coaching the lads last season.

You must put this down as a glitch lads. Rainhill looked there for the taking and not sure if it was a carefully laid trap or whether they took advantage of over confidence. But let's say you wont get fooled again, will you ?

Next game : Newton away league Saturday 15th August 2015 kick off 3pm

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Comment by Mary Beck on August 14, 2015 at 20:49

very good.  what happened to the Like button?  

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