February 18 2018 12:05:43.
By Nathan Hawthorne
- Prestwich tigers away (league)
Back in league action we faced Prestwich tigers away. We hadn't played these for a while but as we found out they are one of the better teams at this level. Apologies if these details aren't exact but I was always forget I need to do this, maybe I should start taking notes haha.
Anyway it was an even start, but you could see Prestwich playing some nice football and with some decent players too they started to cause our defence problems. Some missed challenges and sloppy defending didn't help us and we found ourselves 2 down.. Going forward we also looked dangerous, David had come on and was looking a little more like the player from earlier in the season, he combined well with Matthew to put us back in the game. Another nice finish from Kyle gave us 2 deserved first half goals but Prestwich had hit us with another couple of goals to go in 4-2 at half time
Second half we looked better, Mikey had come on and helped the defence while always offering support going forward, Robert the same on the left. With Joel,David and Kyle looking very dangerous going forward. We played some very good stuff and everyone was contributing on the pitch. A goal from David and a great strike from Robert had brought us level and we really deserved it. It looked like we could hit on and win the game. But whether we dropped off a bit or Prestwich stepped it up again we ended up another 2 goals down. Woody was having a better game, he made some very good saves especially in the second half but unfortunately for keepers, mistakes usually lead to goals. I'll put it down to the very muddy penalty area this time but like I said he also kept the score down with some belting saves. A few times during this game the lightning of old would of given up and probably ended up getting a good beating, but again we came back. The defence looked strong and none more than Liam, in a 1v1 situation nobody gets past this kid. He's clearly got a no entry sign on his boots. He's consistently good in every game and has come a long way this season. Leo and Demi had come back on and were playing much better in this half, with a bit more confidence these 2 will be very good players. We managed to pull 1 more goal back from Joel where the ball was clearly 2 foot over the line (in my eyes anyway) and after some desperate begging the ref finally gave it. (good performance from the ref today actually).
We had chances to get the equaliser and I think with an extra 5 minutes we would of got one.
Unfortunately a defeat but this really was another very good performance, Prestwich tigers are obviously a good team but we matched them all over the pitch. And the most pleasing thing today was the fact we never gave up. Every single member in the squad contributed today again. And I think the fact we have 3 or 4 subs every week means everyone is enjoying it and that's the main thing.
Back on our pitch next week against a team we had a memorable cup win against. A tough game but one we can definitely win if we keep up these performances.
Well done again everyone
MOTM Liam (maldini) Peers