Maghull 1 - 2 Mallaby
Saturday 28th February 2015 kick off 2pm
This was not the best match of the season and the only real surprise was the quality of the winner.
It is quite difficult to make much of Saturdays proceedings, due to there being not much in the way to report. The sidelines seemed to offer much more in the way of talking points. But let's not go there.
The early pace was set by the referee. Two quite silly challenges by a visitor, both on Danny Boyle, saw him see yellow. But the second, gained him just a stern talking too and in my humble opinion, probably the right thing to do. Though being sensible can sometimes get a ref in trouble. So instead of Maghull having the extra man for 75 minutes, we stayed at the dull pace and eleven men each. Though in reality, the player who stayed on the pitch did very little afterwards, until he was substituted in the second half.
Both sides jabbed but neither had a knockout punch and the half was fading away, when Mark Madden, reacting quickest in the box, brightened things up by breaking the deadlock with three minutes left of the half.
Unfortunatley, Maghull then shot themselves in the foot. A sloppy pass, a breakaway, a clearance that deflected straight into the wingers path and his cross was flicked into the top corner with aplomb. The happiness lasted all of 2 minutes. And the half time whistle kept the two sides level.
The second half was not much better... Maghull seemed to have a shoot on site policy, which was pretty woeful. Mallaby struck the upright with one snap shot and then a silly yellow card for a clumsy, but harmless challenge saw the visitors awarded a free kick about 22 yards out. The resulting free kick was a cracker and no keeper would have stopped it, clipping the underside of the bar before rolling round the back of the net.
Maghull did up the pace in the last ten minutes and were very unlucky when Ryan Stampers first time effort saw the keeper get down well to parry his effort away. But that was really the only threat caused in the second half.
Another home defeat now sees us losing touch with the top three place that seemed a sure fire target a month ago.
Need to perk up lads. We know it has been a difficult season, but lets try and get as high as possible in the league and finish the season with some flair and pride and like reigning champions should do.
Next game : - Chester Nomads away league 7th March 2015 kick off 2pm (I think)
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