The wind, the rain and a bit of a Hale storm

Hale 1 v 2 Maghull

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Ok it didn't rain, though it should have rained goals, the amount of chances that we had. But it was decidedly windy.

A game that had its pace and skill dictated by the conditions, or should I say, of Hurricane Bertha. Or whatever it's name was called. The dastardly wind, blowing up the river, was a pest to both sides throughout the match.

Defending against mighty Bertha in the first half, Maghull seemed to manage the conditions better. Well, cope with them, would be a more suitable term.

Hale, continually played long straight balls out of defence, that where carried through to our keeper or out of play. Whereas Maghull played the ball along the ground in a neat and tidy fashion and even defying the wind by using it as a hold up ploy and being able to outrun and outfox the Hale defence who could not read the play.

After creating plenty of openings and the Hale keeper making one decent stop, Maghull eventually took the lead through Dave Hughes. Having broken clear of the offside trap, it looked like the chance had gone, when taking a touch too many and going too wide. However he rectified the situation with a lovely piece of skill and fooled the keeper before placing the ball into the far corner.

With wind assistance, Hale did have a lot of the ball in our half, but were never a threat. Even on the odd occasion that they made a sorty into our box, the panic button was not needed and the danger soon cleared.

Close to half time, we scored a beaut of a second goal. Metaphorically undressing the Hale defence and leaving the easiest of chances to put away. Between Jay Windsor, John Hastings (NOT Eastoe) and Dave Hughes, the left hand side of Hales defence was passed to death, resulting in John Hastings (NOT Eastoe) playing Jay Windsor into the box, where he clipped a cracking ball into the six yard box where Chris Nation strode into the chasm and headed into the empty net.

On the stroke of half time we where awarded a penalty. I guess that's deja vu, I thought this can't be true. And it wasn't. But it should have been. A bang on handball, that even the linesman agreed was a penalty. For some reason the referee decided that the linesman was wrong and we had to settle for a half time score of 0-2

From a new vantage point, while waiting on some toast at the Hale refreshment bar. Maghull managed to start the half well and should have increased our lead on a few occasions. But not quite adapting to the wind being behind their backs, our lads seemed to drop off the pace and drop back. Not a good plan, as this gave encouragement to Hale to press forward.

This they did and seemed to be having a little more success in causing problems to our back four. Without ever looking like scoring, they spent a lot of time in and around our penalty box. Not really good enough. We had switched off again, similar to Mondays game. Have to play for 90 minutes lads, taking a breather can lead to problems. Which ultimately this did, when Hale pulled a goal back after a bit of a melee.

The lads, after this blip, got back on track. Began to control the game again and if another goal was coming, it would have been for us.

As it was, the game was played out, with an extra 5 minutes time added on, not for time wasting this time, but because of a bit of a hullabaloo between the sides. The Hale keeper lost his head and received a yellow card and lots of people where spoken to, but the much ado about nothing did make us sweat that little bit longer for the final whistle and the win that we needed.

Another good win and three points, even more so taking into account of the confirmation by the league, that Ellesmere Port had resigned for the league and due to not fulfilling 70% of their fixtures, all results against them have been expunged.

I still think we are now safe. A great 5 days from Steve and the lads. Can we now be party poopers at Heswall ?

Next Game : Heswall away Monday 22nd April 2013 kick off 6.30pm (I think)

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