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01 Match Report

01 Match Report

4 September 2010
Wilmslow Town Panthhers v AFC Urmston Meadowside Red Star

Period 1
Meds kicked off the new season and dominated the early play. Wilmslow were completely overwhelmed by the speed of Meds passing and movement. Meds first attempt at goal was an Eddie Brown free kick that stung the hands of the Wilmslow keeper; Harry Quick followed up but was unable to convert. Soon after, Harry Dodgson broke out of the defence running with the ball, after beating several players he set up Eddie Brown in front of goal, but Eddie somehow miss kicked and the chance evaporated. The Meds onslaught continued as Alex Eccles let fly with a left foot shot that troubled the keeper but hit the side netting. On 6 minutes Wilmslow managed their first effort, but Meds goalkeeper James Wight saved comfortably. James released Harry Dodgson and once again he broke out of defence taking on 3 or 4 players before releasing James McGovern who put Meds deservedly ahead.  Soon after James turned provider as he found Eddie in space inside the Wilmslow box and a tidy right foot finish put Meds 2 up.  Meds continued to push on and Alex Eccles was once again shooting at the Wilmslow goal. On 10 minutes Wilmslow had an attempt saved by James Wight. James delivered the ball to Alex whose shot from distance forced a corner. James McGovern and Harry Quick worked the short corner and before the Wilmslow defence had chance to react Eddie Brown had slotted the ball home for 3 nil. Wilmslow improved towards the end on the period and forced a very good save from the outstretched foot of James Wight.

Period 2
Towards the end of the first period Wilmslow had shown signs of improvement and this was carried into the second period. However, it was Meds who had the early chance as Jayson Thompson’s cross field pass found Harry D in space, but his shot was well saved by the Wilmslow keeper. Wilmslow pushed to find a foothold on the game but good defensive work from James Wight and James McGovern proved hard to penetrate. Eddie Brown was shooting at goal again after winning the ball tenaciously in midfield and then James Wight also had a shot saved on 8 minutes. After this Wilmslow really started to ask some questions of the Meds midfield and defence and a series of opportunities were either missed or blocked. However, the pressure finally paid off for Wilmslow as towards the end of the period as they forced a goal. Unfortunately for Meds this was not the end of the fight back as right on halftime the ball was hurled into the Meds box and headed into his own goal by Harry D.

Period 3
Clearly Wilmslow were buoyed by this and were soon level with an early equaliser. Meds reply was a route one move with Sean Flynn hitting the post with his right foot shot. Soon after, Alex Eccles pass put Sean through on goal but the quick Wilmslow defender was able to recover. The game was now finally balanced and both teams had chances to take the lead. Meds won a corner and this was driven in by Jayson Thompson, Harry Quick looked sure to score with his head but his effort was wide of the mark. In response, Wilmslow went route one. Nathan Carr misjudged the first bounce but made a remarkable recovery run to make a dramatic goal line clearance. Changes were made halfway through the period, with Eddie replacing Sean and Harry D on for Alex. This seemed to tip the balance in Meds favour, and once again they looked favourite to take the lead from a now tired Wilmslow.  Eddie Brown had several attempts at goal from free kicks and Harry Q had a shot saved only to see the rebound fall to Jayson who smashed the ball goal wards only to see it fizz wide. With the seconds ticking Harry Q attacked down the right, cut inside and curled his shot into the top corner. The ball looked to have gone in but rebounded back off the stanchion. Unfortunately the referee played on, no goal! The last action of the game saw Eddie chopped down in the box but time ran out and the ref blew up for full time.
Coaches Summary
First of all, todays game was a great game of football. The team played, and we were particularly sharp in the first period. Naturally, the coaches and some of the players were a little disappointed with the result after the game; it’s not easy to accept a draw after being 3-0 up! Having said that, we would have taken this result before the game and not many teams will come to Wilmslow and get a result this season.

Jayson Thompson continued his pre-season form with a solid display and looked more mature with some composed play and good passing.  James Mc and Eddie opened their accounts today and were also industrious in midfield. Harry Q looked sharp up front, made our third goal and was unlucky not to win the game with his late effort. Alex had a good first period in midfield and had some great shots, filled the goalkeeper spot for the second period. Sean Flynn had a great first period in defence and was unlucky not to score when played in attack. James Wight made some great saves today then gave a no nonsense display in defence with some solid clearances.  Nathan Carr contributed to the team effort and his determination to make the goal line clearance in the final period kept us in the game.

This week’s man of the match went to Harry D, whose all round performance was excellent. Solid in defence but able to use his ability and pace to overload in midfield and consequently make space for the forwards. This was demonstrated for our opening goal where Harry exploited the space between defence and midfield before setting up James Mc. Well done H!!

Edited By: PEccles
06-09-10 19:31:17

Paul Eccles
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Re: 01 Match Report

Have to agree with Pauls summary. After such a long break it was good to be back on the sideline and watching some great football.
I think we worked well as a team with some great passing.
The own goal I think we can dismiss, from where I was stood the ball was destined for the back of the net regardless. So hats off to Harry for some great defensive play.
Well done to all.

Gordon Wight
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