Maghull 0 v 1 Cammell Lairds Reserves
Saturday 26th February 2013
A home game at last !
Our first,at Old Field Road, since 11th December 2012 (Happy New Year everybody) and only our second home match since October 29th 2012.
Pauline rolled out the hot,tasty treats, that where much needed on this chilly day (very nice to see good old Bovril make an appearance)and the new heaters in the clubhouse did a sterling job, keeping out the cold.
Oh yes, we had a football match to watch too.
Revenge was in the air. Well it was for me and Steve and our erstwhile Director of Football, who suffered at Cammell Lairds earlier in the season.
But we won't go into that too much.
Anyway, our fine Siberian winter seemed to bring the best out of our lads in the first half.
The league leaders, somehow, managed to bring a twelfth man, or was that a twelfth woman, as lady luck sure shone on them in the opening half.
Chance after chance came Maghulls way, Brian McIlroy squandering the best chance, when beating the offside trap, but mishit when attempting to chip the keeper. The visitors, caused a bit of a scramble in our box, midway through the first half, but other than that, where restricted to efforts from long range, that caused no trouble at all.
A thoroughly entertaining first half, somehow had the scoreline blank. But surely with a bit of luck, the deadlock would be broken in Maghulls favour.
The doom mongering sage appeared at half time, with those dastardly words "you have to take your chances against the top sides"
For whatever reason, Maghull decided they would not appear for the first 15 minutes of the second half. How we managed to keep the scoreline at 0-0 was quite baffling, but nonetheless impressive, in a bizarre kind of way. Gradually, we got ourselves back in the game and began to take control again. Then the soothsayers words came back to haunt us.
Maghull where caught offside, midway inside Cammell Lairds half. The referee waved play on as the visitors had the ball, but their management, where not happy and screamed for the offside decision and a free kick to alleviate the pressure they had been under. Even when the ball broke loose and Maghull nearly regained possession on the half way line, they continued their protests. Unfortunately, in the midst of the hubbub, Maghulls right hand side resembled the Marie Celeste and when our covering centre back was beaten for pace, the visitors left winger hit a cross shot beyond Mark Mawdesley and into the far corner of the net.
The sudden change of mood, from frustration to elation, was resounding. A very important goal for the league leaders and an equally important one against us, was celebrated with gusto. A vast difference from earlier this season.
Changes where made, but not to the scoreline. Again half chances where made and passed up, the nearest came when a great ball across the box just needed that sniffer Clarke instinct, but alas it was not to be. To be fair, the visitors had a decent chance to wrap up the points, when hitting us on the break, as we pressed for the equaliser, two efforts went very close, but the right side of the post from our point of view. They where mightily relieved when the final whistle went and knew they had pinched a win.
The lads can take away lots of pride in running the league leaders so close and on another day, could have taken all three points. Instead, they where once again left ruing missed chances and another loss. A draw would have been a fair result, but that is the story of our season.Our revenge was not so sweet, but it was served cold.
Not normally one for singling out players, but this week I will make an exception. Rob Duttons first half performance was class. Wreaking havoc down the Cammell Lairds right hand side. Shame he tired a touch in the second half.
Next game : Blacon YC away Saturday March 2nd 2013 kick off 3pm
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