POSTED: October 02 2021 11:31:28. By Phil Hesketh
Swinton Cobras 2-3 Typhoon
Typhoon stayed on top of the table with a hard fought win at Swinton Cobras. It was a lovely pitch, for a change, big, flat and cut well. The weather is turning autumnal and it was cold and damp.
Typhoon started well, getting the ball on the floor and attacking down the right. We could and possibly should have been two up within two minutes and looked by far the better team. However, Typhoon being Typhoon we decided we’d make things hard for ourselves and we started just hoofing the ball and then went one down , although there was an obvious hand ball in the build up. We then managed to find ourselves two down when a long free kick flew over Peter’s outstretched hands. Their manager was shouting for everything and the ref wasn’t giving us anything. Their right back was a decent enough player but his only tactics as a defender were to pull, push and kick anything but the ball, yet the ref refused to penalise throughout the game. Thankfully we got a toe hold back in the game through a nice finish from Sonny from the edge of the box. We had chances to equalise before the break including a free kick from Reece cleared off the line and a great save when it looked easier for us to score.
We told them to keep at it and believe in themselves and after dominating the second half Sonny put Will through for the umpteenth time and his cross ended with Ronan netting the equaliser.
Next up Will put us ahead, scoring from an acute angle when we were screaming for him to cross. Swinton tried to get back in the game and threw everything at us, aided and abetted by more poor refereeing decisions but Will on the break forced the keeper into a great save and later set up Ronan to kill the match off but somehow it stayed out.
I did fear we’d throw the win away but thankfully the ref blew for a well earned win to keep us top of the table.
At times we were well below our best and the finishing was very patchy, if we’d been more clinical we would have won at a canter, but they kept at it and got the win. There are times when the boys are now taking a touch, looking up and playing some good football. When that happens we look a really good side.
There were some excellent individual performances, Will terrorised their left back, Jamie led the line well, Sam put another hard working stint in but Reece really made a difference driving forward from the midfield and was named man of the match.