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The 2013-2014 Squad
Sunday 18 May - Saxons 2 Unicorn Crusaders 0
The Saxons signed off the season with a good win to consolidate their 5th place finish.
Josh volleyed in from a pin corner from Cian to score the opener and Saxons 100th goal of the season. The second goal followed a great run down the right by James, whose low cross was coolly converted by Max at the back post.
The Man of the Match award was shared by Rich and James.
Tuesday 13 May - Saxons 2 Fletcher Moss Yellow 0
The Saxons played a rejuvenated Fletcher Moss team in their penultimate game of the season.
The first period was a tight affair with chances at a premium at both ends. James had a couple of great runs down the right, and after Luke played a great ball James was unlucky to see his cross come shot elude everyone and the far post. The Saxons opened the scoring when Josh lobbed the ball forward and Marcus managed to trap it, turn and squeeze a shot between the goalkeeper’s legs. The only other chance of note was a screamer by Fletcher Moss that struck the bar.
The second period was a more open affair. Cian nearly replicated his goal from Sunday when Marcus laid the ball into Cian’s path whose blockbuster flew just wide. Then the move of the match as Charlie played the ball into Adam C who crossed to Max, who did a magnificent back healed turn only to see his left foot drive scrap the upright. Then came the killer goal; Adam C’s perfect corner was cleverly finished by Adam Y at the near post.
The third period saw more chances. Raphe’s low drive went just wide, and Ben produced a tremendous save to keep the clean sheet in tack. The Saxons deservedly hung on and took the 3 points which guaranteed 5th place and opened the door to a 4th place finish, which would be a just reward for a great season.
Although Charlie and Richard were outstanding at the back, and it was good to see Xavier return to form, the Man of the Match award went to Ben for a perfect performance between the sticks.
Sunday 11 May - Wythenshawe Town 5 Saxons 3
The Saxons played high flying Wythenshawe for the second time in the space of a few weeks.
Unfortunately the first 10 minutes cost the Saxons the game. A mixture of sloppy defending and poor decision making resulted in a 3-0 deficit half way through the first period. The score would have been worse if it wasn’t for a great save by stand in keeper Cian, and an excellent header off the line by Charlie. The only Saxons chance of real note followed a great run down the left by Raphe whose cross was side footed over the bar by Luke.
The second period was much better from the Saxons perspective. Adam Y played a great cross field ball for Adam C to run onto, who’s cross come shot just eluded the Saxons players and the far post. Then followed an unbelievable goal; Raphe took the ball down the left, crossed to Marcus who played a perfect lay off ball to Cian who smashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25 yards out; this gave the whole team a huge lift. Shortly after, Raphe’s free kick was only parried by the keeper and Marcus was on hand to slot the ball home.
The last period was great to watch with both teams attacking at every opportunity. Unfortunately the Saxons switched off and Wythenshawe scored from a free kick. Back came the Saxons though when James played the ball to Cian, who toe poked the ball onto Luke to expertly finish with a side footer into the bottom corner. The Saxons almost levelled when Cian’s left foot shot hit the angle of post and bar. At the other end only a last ditched tackle by Xavier stopped a 1 on 1 situation, and stand in keeper Josh made two wonderful saves. With time running out the Saxons threw caution to the wind and the inevitable happened conceding a goal with the last kick of the game.
It was a great game to watch; given the start and the fact that we had no keeper, the lads did brilliantly.
Richard was outstanding at the back. However the Man of the Match award went to Raphe.
Wednesday 7 May - Saxons 3 Wilmslow Town Jaguars 2
The Saxons played their second Wilmslow Town team in the space of two days.
The Saxons started the game positively; without creating any clear cut chances, the lads were looking eager and passing the ball around well. However as the period went on, Wilmslow came more and more into the game. Ben had to save really well with his legs to deny Wilmslow the opening goal. However 5 minutes later their goal came, when a cross/come shot found its way into the back of the Saxons net.
The Saxons started to play a bit more in the second period, and were rewarded when Marcus glanced a neat header in from a well taken corner by Adam C. Shortly afterwards, Adam Y was really unlucky to see his curling left foot shot well saved by the Wilmslow keeper. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long as Wilmslow scored a similar goal from a corner to make the score 2-1.
The Saxons came out fighting in the last period, and started to apply some consolidated pressure. Richard controlled, turned and shot all in one movement, only to see the Wilmslow keeper make another fine save tipping the ball around the post. Then Xavier played the ball into Luke who turned slotted an exquisite through ball to Cian, who ran onto it and tucked the ball home underneath the keeper. With time running out both teams were pushing forward for the winner. James made a great run down the left, cut inside and was bundled over for a penalty kick; Josh drove the penalty home to make the score 3-2 with 3 minutes left. Wilmslow then came mighty close to an equaliser, hitting the bar before Charlie somehow managed to clear the ball off the line just before the final whistle was blown.
Although Charlie was great at the back, Man of the Match went to Marcus for a wonderful all round display.
Sunday 4 May - Saxons 6 Wilmslow Town Cougars 0
The Saxons were determined to get their back following the 8-2 defeat to the Cougars earlier on in the season. However it was the Cougars who started the better, and if it wasn’t for a magnificent save by Ben the boys would have been 1-0 down in the first 5 minutes. After that it was a different story with the Saxons dominating play for the remainder of the game. Adam C started the goal scoring hitting a low drive into the bottom corner from Richard’s square ball. Then the move of the match; Marcus played a great cross field ball to Xavier who charged down the right wing before cutting inside and laying the ball onto Richard, who in turn squared the ball to Luke to score.
The lads were that good in the first period that the Coaches couldn’t make any changes for the start of the second period. It wasn’t long before Adam C squared the ball to Luke who smashed in his second. Max then came off the bench to great effect; intercepting the ball from the Wilmslow defence before running onto and unleashing an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner; it was a great strike. Then Richard’s pin point free kick was headed home by the excellent Adam Y.
The last period was a bit quieter however the Saxons were still dominating. James was incredibly unlucky to see his audacious effort from 40 yards cannon off the post and Cian had a good run which nearly resulted in a goal. The last strike came from a long through ball from Josh to Luke, who cut inside onto his right foot and unleashed another unstoppable drive to complete his hat trick.
There were many candidates for Man of the Match. Josh, Charlie and Xavier were exceptional at the back as was Ben in net, however Adam Y’s performance was outstanding and Luke scored a wonderful hat trick, so the twins shared the award.
Sunday 27 April - Broadheath Central 3 Saxons 0
The Saxons travelled to play in form Broadheath.
The Saxons had much the better of the first period. With hindsight the missed opportunities in this period cost the Saxons the game. Adam started the ball rolling with a great cross into Luke who smashed his shot against the right hand upright. Marcus hit the same post when he followed up on a shot that the keeper could only parry. Xavier then hit the other post from close range following a corner from Rich. There were other opportunities as well; Luke running onto a long kick by Ben but the keeper saved well with his feet, and Cian and Adam both had long range efforts that went close. Broadheath then took the lead against the run of play with a well worked goal on the counter attack. The Saxons were left to rue their missed chances.
The second period was more even with Broadheath coming more into the game. Ben pulled off two great saves to deny Broadheath and Charlie somehow managed to brilliantly deflect a goal bound effort over the bar. At the other end, Max had a shot that the keeper did well to turn around the post. The period ended goal less.
Broadheath dominated the last period scoring twice in the last 10 minutes of the game. Having said that Raphe had a one on one which the goalie saved with his left leg, and Adam’s goal bound shot was blocked.
Charlie and Xavier played well at the back and Ben pulled off some great saves, however the Man of the Match went to Josh.
Tuesday 22 April - Saxons 1 Wythenshawe Town 4
The Saxons entertained high flying Wythenshawe Town, which turned out to be a great game.
Both teams started the game attacking from the off. How the first period remained goal less remains a mystery. The Saxons went close on several occasions with efforts from Max, James, Luke and Cian, whilst at the other end Ben pulled off two great saves.
The second period was a similar affair with both teams going all out attack. The Saxons were playing some great stuff however they just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net. Adam C was unlucky to see his shot hit the side netting, and a defender somehow managed to head Cian’s power blaster over the bar from point blank range. Against the run of play Wythenshawe took the lead, with a well taken goal on the counter attack.
The killer goal came at the beginning of the third period when Wythenshawe made it 2-0. To be fair the Saxons didn’t give up and scored a lovely team goal; Rich played the ball into Cian who played a wonderful first time cross field ball to Adam Y who finished the move off with a low drive that went under the keeper. However that was really the last time that the Saxons threatened the goal. With only 9 fit players left fatigue kicked in, and two late strikes from Wythenshawe gave the overall score a slightly unfair look. It was a super game of football played by two excellent teams.
Josh, Rich and Charlie defended for their lives at the back, and Ben was superb in net. Adam C was brilliant down the right, however Cian’s performance won him the Man of the Match award.
Sunday 13 April - Wilmslow Town Panthers 3 Saxons 8
The first period was a reasonably tight affair with the Saxons making most of the pressing. Cian had a few attempts resulting in two fine saves and one that flew just over the bar. Wilmslow then had a one on one; fortunately for the Saxons the Wilmslow striker hit his shot straight at stand in goalie Luke. The period ended 0-0.
The Saxons were much better in the second period and it didn’t take long for the lads to open their account; when Max fed James who finished with a neat shot under the advancing keeper. Max then fed James again who delivered a fantastic cross to Luke, who smashed his volley into the net. Cian then played Adam Y in who calmly side footed the ball into the bottom corner. Wilmslow got back into the match straight away with an unfortunate own goal, however stand in goalie Rich rolled the ball to Cian who turned and ran through 3 Wilmslow players and tucked the ball past the keeper. To be fair Wilmslow came back again scoring directly from a free kick. The second period scoring was complete when James played Marcus in who finished with aplomb.
There were more goals in the last period. James again played the ball into Marcus’s path who went past a defender and coolly finished for his second strike. Luke then finished the game off with two more great strikes, the first one going in off the post and the second flying into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick.
In terms of Man of the Match, both Josh and Xavier were outstanding at the back. Josh oozed class, however the award went to Captain Xavier who was magnificent again.
Sunday 7 April - Fletcher Moss Blue 1 Saxons 12
The Saxons returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory.
Goals from Luke (4) and Max (2) made the win secure early in the game, even though Fletcher Moss did score just before the whistle for the end of the first period. There weren’t any goals in the second period. In the last period a hatrick from Josh, another goal from Luke, Max’s hatrick goal and a goal from James made the final score a little harsh on Fletcher Moss who didn’t give up at any stage.
Assists came from Cian (3), James (2), Max (2), Adam Y (2), Richard, Adam C and Luke.
The only downside was an early injury to skipper Charlie.
Ben had one of his quieter games in net. Xavier was outstanding again, however the Man of the Match award went to Luke for his 5 goals.
Sunday 30 March - Sale United 5 Saxons 1
After a 4-1 defeat to Moston in the Quarter Final of the County Cup, where Luke scored the only goal, the Saxons returned to league action against the current leaders of the 1st Division. Whilst the score line was similar to the Moston game, this one did not do the Saxons justice.
Sale started much the stronger and took an early lead through a well taken header from a left wing cross. If it wasn’t for a couple of exceptional saves from Ben, Sale would have extended their lead. After about 10 minutes the Saxons got a foothold in the game and started to believe a bit more. The equaliser came when Adam Y stabbed in a well taken corner from Cian. James was then pulled down in the box; unfortunately the Saxons missed the penalty and the chance to take a 2-1 lead going into the first break.
The Saxons were dominant in the second period and took the game to Sale. The boys had several chances but didn’t find the back of the net. Max shot wide of the left right post. After great work from Marcus and Adam C, Richard’s goal bound shot was blocked, and both Cian and James had good efforts with flew just wide of the angle of the goal. Then on the stroke of the end of period whistle Sale scored what resulted to be the decisive goal.
Xavier made a great last ditch tackle at the start of the last period to keep the Saxons in the game. Although the Saxons pressed forward at every opportunity, fatigue had set in and the lads didn’t look at potent as they did in the 2nd period. The Coaches threw caution to the wind by playing 3 up front, which with hindsight was the wrong thing to do as Sale scored 3 goals in the last 10 minutes.
There were several strong performances; Josh played well again at the back, Ben was excellent in net and young Adam C had an outstanding game on the right. However the man of the match award went to skipper Charlie Morton who had a great game at left back.
Sunday 23 February - Saxons 4 Broadheath Central 2
The Saxons returned to action for the first time in 6 weeks entertaining high flying Broadheath, in what turned out to be a great game for the neutral.
Broadheath started on the front foot and attacked the Saxons from the off. It wasn’t long before Broadheath made the breakthrough when a deflected shot flew into the bottom corner. The Saxons equalised when Josh played a long ball for Luke to chase. Given Luke’s tenacity, the defender rushed his back pass and lobbed the ball over the oncoming goalie. However Broadheath didn’t curse their bad luck for long and hit back straight away with a fine team goal, again giving Ben no chance.
The Saxons picked up the pace in the second period and equalised following a fantastic move. Xavier played the ball into Marcus who played a great one two with Max, when Marcus’s subsequent shot was well saved Richard was on hand to sweep the ball into the roof of the net to claim his first strike of the season. Better was to come when Adam Y played a magnificent through ball to Cian who took off like Usain Bolt, bursting past two defenders and coolly slotting the ball under the Broadheath goalie; this was no more than the Saxons deserved. Further chances followed at both ends however the score line remained 3-2 going into the last period.
The Saxons were quite simply brilliant in the last 20 minutes. Not satisfied with sitting on their lead they went in search of more goals and were desparately unlucky when James nearly broke the bar following another great move involving Adam C, Cian and Luke. To be fair moments after Ben pulled off a great save from a header that would have made the score 3-3. James then scored an absolute wonder goal; the goalie came off his line to clear the ball which reached James who was 40 yards out on the right hand side. James took a touch to control the ball and then unleashed a pile driver that flew into the net off the inside of the far post. Although Broadheath continued to press the Saxons remained rock solid at the back, and never looked like conceding any more goals.
There were many candidates for Man of the Match. Xavier was quite simply outstanding at the back, as was young Adam C and Cian in the middle. However the award went to a faultless and classy performance from Josh who took his opportunity as sweeper with aplomb.
Sunday 12 January - Saxons 2 St John’s Diamonds 2
Having gone over two years without a draw the Saxons had a 2-2 result for the second game on the trot, this time against a much improved St John’s team.
The Saxons started the game well with the midfield quartet of Xavier, James, Rich and Josh dominating the play. Whilst the Saxons had the majority of the possession they didn’t create a lot of chances and failed to test the St Johns keeper. The main chances fell to St John’s; a couple of brilliant saves by Ben kept the score level. Then out of the blue the Saxons went ahead through a wonderful goal. The ball rebounded to Cian, who took aim and let fly from 30 yards out with a power driver into the top left hand corner.
The second period saw the introduction of Raphe, Luke, Marcus and Max. The game followed the same pattern with the Saxons having more of the play without creating too much, and St John’s looking dangerous on the break. The period looked to be ending in stalemate until the Saxons failed to clear their lines and St Johns equalised with the last kick.
The Saxons changed formation and played two up front for the last period. This paid dividends straight away when Adam played a great through ball to Alex whose shot was well saved, only for the rebound to end up at Luke’s feet who finished expertly from 20 yards out. Just when the Saxons thought that had all 3 points back came St John’s who equalised again, this time from a header at the far post. The game finished all score which was probably a fair result.
In terms of Man of the Match; Charlie was back to his best at the back and Ben was excellent between the sticks, however the award went to Cian for a great display.
Sunday 5 January - Fletcher Moss Yellows 2 Saxons 2
The Saxons started the New Year with an away match to Fletcher Moss Yellows.
The Saxons started really well; in the first minute Josh delivered a wonderful ball through to Max whose cross come shot just eluded Luke at the far post. Cian then delivered a great ball into the box which just eluded the unlucky Luke again. Josh then played the ball into Cian’s path who ran onto it and scored with a shot from 20 yards. However at the other end Ben had to pull off a great save at the feet of an onrushing attacker. Late in the period Fletcher Moss equalised when some hesitancy in defence allowed the forward to nip in and score. Fletcher Moss then scored a second just before the whistle. It was tough luck on the Saxons who had played most of the football.
The second period was a bit more cagey. Charlie and Rich were limiting the number of attempts on goal and James was driving the team forward from midfield. The Saxons were unlucky not to equalise when another great through ball from Josh sent Alex clear, who shot wide. Then Alex seemed to be tripped from behind in the penalty area, however nothing was given.
The third period was end to end. Cian’s shot went just wide of the far post, however Ben was making some super saves at the other end. The Saxons levelled half way through the period when Adam volleyed a fantastic pass through to Alex who turned the defender and made no mistake, shooting into the roof of the net. Both teams pressed for the winner; however a draw was a fair result.
Xavier had a great game down the right, showing lots of energy and drive. However, the Man of the Match went to Alex for an impressive performance upfront.
Sunday 15 December - Lisbon St Anthony’s 5 Saxons 2
The Saxons played Lisbon again for the second time in a month or so; this time Lisbon took the points.
The Saxons started brightly with Josh delivering a fantastic ball which just eluded Max at the far post. Max went close again when his shot went just past the far post. Alex then went through on goal only to be tackled just before he could pull the trigger. Richard, Adam and Marcus had the Lisbon forward line under control and Ben was only called into action to catch crosses. The opening goal came after James was tripped following a driving run into the box; Josh smashed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net. However Lisbon hit back straight away directly from a free kick on the edge of the box. The first period ended all square.
The second period was decisive with Lisbon ending the period with a 2 goal advantage. Conceding an early goal was just what the Saxons didn’t want, however this happened after the lads failed to clear their lines and weren’t quick enough to get the second ball. The Saxons responded well; Luke was unlucky when his header from Cian’s corner was saved at point blank range and then Josh missed a great opportunity at the back post after a wonderful cross from Luke. Xavier was getting more into the game, and Charlie was marshalling the troops well. Unfortunately Lisbon scored just before the break to make the score 3-1.
The Saxons threw caution to the wind in the last period going on all-out attack in an attempt to get something from the game. This looked realistic when Luke won the ball, turned and hammered his shot into the top corner. Unfortunately any hopes of a comeback were eradicated when Lisbon scored 2 goals on the counter attack, making the final score 5-2.
The Man of the Match went to Marcus for another commanding performance at the back.
Sunday 8 December - Saxons 2 Ashton on Mersey 0
The Saxons returned to winning ways with a victory over a strong and determined Ashton on Mersey team.
The first period was tight with the Saxons being limited long range strikes. The only real chance of note came when an Ashton on Mersey striker was clean through on goal, however a great last ditch challenge by Richard must have put the forward off as his shot struck an upright with the goal gapping.
The second period was more open with the Saxons generating several clear cut chances. James Monaghan was introduced into the fray and started to drive the team forward. Adam was really unlucky to see his pile driver rebound off the crossbar, likewise Ashton on Mersey struck the upright for the second time. The opening goal of the game was one to behold. Marcus came out of defence with ball and played Max in down the right. Max played the ball inside to Alex, who played a great one two with Josh, before squaring the ball to Luke who curled a wonderful strike into the top left hand corner. Back came Ashton though, who would have equalised if it wasn’t for a super save from Ben.
The third period was similar to the second with both teams attacking each other. Xavier was making some great runs down the right, Cian was unlucky to see his shot rebound just wide, the keeper deflected Alex’s shot onto the post, before Josh struck the ball over the crossbar from close range. The winning goal was another great strike. Adam jinked his way past 2 players before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Charlie was nominated Man of the Match for a faultless performance at the back.
Sunday 1 December - Wilmslow Town Jaguars 2 Saxons 0
The Saxons travelled to face the Jaguars on Sunday. The pitch was flat and conditions were good.
The Saxons got off to a really positive start. Some great work between Max and Alex released Josh, whose shot was tipped over by the Jaguars keeper. However after that the Saxons were on the back foot. Looking back, the game was lost within the space of 5 minutes with two poor defensive errors costing the Saxons dearly. The first goal was a point blank header from a free kick and the second was a one and one, both giving Ben no chance.
The Saxons were more on their game in the second period showing a bit more fight and will to win, however the lads really didn’t create too many chances. To be fair the Saxons defence was much tighter with Marcus, Cian and Richard having things under control. The best chance fell to Max who rounded the keeper, however the angle was to too tight to score. Despite the best efforts from James and Xavier, the period ended without too much goal action.
The Saxons stepped up again in the last period. A wonderful overhead kick from Luke clipped the upright, and Adam’s header was heading into the net before it struck a Wilmslow defender. Charlie marshalled the defence well, however it just wasn’t the Saxons day and the Jaguars ran out worthy winners.
Josh played really well, however Richard took the Man of the Match award for an outstanding performance at the back.
Sunday 17 November - Unicorn Crusaders 1 Saxons 4
The Saxons continued their excellent run of form away to an equally in form Unicorn team.
Unicorn started off the stronger team, not allowing the Saxons to play football. Most of the Saxons play was down the right hand side with Marcus and Xavier linking up well. The Saxons found it tough going in the first 10 minutes, however the lads managed to make the break through against the run of play. Alex chased down a long through ball by Cian, the Unicorn keeper kicked the ball straight at Alex who managed to control the ball and then deliver an exquisite chip over the keeper. This seemed to spark life into the Saxons who began to play with more belief. Josh chased down a lost cause, managed to recover the ball on the dead ball line before delivering a cross to Alex who swept his, and the teams, 2nd goal into the back of the net.
The second period was a hard fought affair with both teams effectively cancelling each other out. Having missed a couple of games Captain Charlie was introduced, and took no time in settling in at the back. Wing backs Rich and Adam tried to get forward at every attempt, however they had to be on their guard at all times.
As fatigue kicked in, the last period was more open. The killer goal came when Luke released Max who tucked away his shot neatly into the bottom left hand corner. 10 minutes later James played a great ball through to Max, who ran onto it and finished with a delightful chip over the advancing keeper. Just as a clean sheet was on the cards, Unicorn scored with the last kick of the game; Ben produced heroics to save the first effort however he could do nothing to stop the follow up. To be fair, Unicorn deserved to get on the score sheet.
Adam, Charlie and Marcus were all fantastic at the back, however the Man of the match award went to Alex who was excellent up front.
Sunday 10 November - Failsworth Dynamo’s 1 Saxons 4
The Saxons went through to the last 8 of the County Cup after a fantastic performance against a very strong Failsworth team from the Tameside Premier League.
The Saxons started off really well, playing some great football. In the 10th minute Alex managed to wriggle free from his marker and ran through, only to be denied by a good save. Xavier was a constant menace down the right. It was a ball from Xavier that found Josh in front of goal; after Josh brought the ball down with an exquisite touch he was foiled by the upright. The breakthrough came after 22 minutes; following his introduction Luke made an immediate impact by expertly slotting home Cian’s through ball. Luke then turned provider as James made it 2-0. Following James through ball Cian made it 3-0 just before the break ….. 3 goals in 6 minutes and the Saxons were on their way.
The second half was a great game to watch with both teams going at each other, on what was becoming a really heavy pitch. Ben Jones had to be on his best form as Failsworth mounted attack after attack. However, the Saxons still looked dangerous on the counter attack. Adam C broke away down the left hand side and was really unlucky to see his shot rebound off the upright and roll across the line. After great persistence Luke then saw his shot hit the upright; this was the third time that the Saxons had been denied by the left hand post. At the same time the back 3 of Richard, Marcus and Josh were defending admirably.
After a remarkable double save by Ben, Failsworth got back into the match with 10 minutes left. However the Saxons went up the other end and clinched the game through an audacious chip from Adam Y, following a wonderful pass from Cian.
As the whole team were brilliant there were all candidates for the Man of the Match award. Marcus had his best game ever for the Saxons and Rich was again quite superb. However, the award went to Ben for a truly breath taking performance between the sticks.
Sunday 27 October - Saxons 5 Lisbon St Anthony’s 3
The Saxons played Lisbon for the first time.
The game got off to a great start with both teams playing open football. Lisbon took the lead in the 10th minute when a shot from an acute angle went into the top left hander corner. However it wasn’t long before the Saxons were on level terms when Cian released Alex, who outpaced the defenders and coolly slotted the ball home. Cian then set up James who smashed the ball into the roof off the net just before the end of the period.
The Saxons were brilliant in the second period playing their best football of the season so far. Great inter play between Luke and Max set Josh up who hit the foot of the post. However Josh was soon to make amends when he scored with a low drive past the keeper. The next goal was fantastic with Raphe collecting the ball in his own half, beating 3 players before playing a delightful one two with James and side footing home.
The last period wasn’t as flowing however both teams continued to push forward at every opportunity. Xavier played a brilliant cross to Josh whose shot was saved by the keeper, however Alex was on hand to collect his second goal of the game. The Saxons went to sleep in the last 5 minutes allowing Lisbon to get back into the game with two late strikes.
There were a number of candidates for Man of the Match with Charlie, Adam and Richard all playing great football from the back. However the award went to utility man Marcus for a great performance at left midfield and centre back.
Sunday 20 October -
The Saxons went though to the 3rd round of the
Goals from James 3, Xavier 2, Alex 2, Luke 2, Max, Raphe, Josh, Cian, Adam and Charlie eased the Urmston side home.
Whilst Goalie Ben and Richard didn’t score, they can take great credit for a second successive clean sheet.
Man of the Match went to Xavier for a super all round performance.
Sunday 13 October -
The Saxons travelled the short distance to play last seasons Division 2 Champions St John’s.
The Saxons got off to a flying start and had a number of early chances. Luke’s header narrowly missed the upright, before an exquisite through ball by Josh sent Raphe clear who beat the goalie with an equally exquisite lob. The second goal soon followed when Raphe’s corner was unlucky deflected into his own net by the
The second period was a bit more open with
The third period started with both teams attacking. Ben made a couple of magnificent saves to keep the clean sheet in tack, whilst a wonderful team move was nearly finished off by Marcus, with the goalie diving on the ball on the goal line. It was great to watch from both teams. The final goal of the game summed up the Saxons performance with Luke thrashing an unstoppable drive into the back of the net from the edge of the box.
Man of the Match went to the Skipper Charlie for a faultless performance at the back; however all of the lads played wonderfully well.
Sunday 6 October - Flixton 1 Saxons 4
After back to back defeats the Saxons returned to winning this week by knocking Flixton out of the
The early stages of the game were very cagey with both teams not giving anything away. The breakthrough came in the 17 minute when Cian quooze the ball through to Xavier at the back post who made it 1-0. The second goal came 7 minutes later when Raphe set up Cian who made no mistake. To their credit Flixton continued to press; both Richard and Adam had to be on their guard at the back.
The second half started in a similar vein until a breakaway goal for Flixton made the score 2-1. The Saxons had to dig deep as Flixton applied more pressure. A wonderful double save from Ben kept the one goal advantage in tack.
After weathering the storm the Saxons started to get back into the groove again. Marcus came more into the game as did Josh whose brilliant cross eluded everyone in the box. The killer goal came when Alex and Josh linked up to free Raphe, whose left foot shot arrowed into the top corner. The last goal of the game came when Luke set up Cian who drove his shot hard and low into the bottom corner.
There were a number of candidates for Man of the Match, however the award went to Ben for a number of key saves including his brilliant double save when the score was 2-1.
Sunday 29 September -
The Saxons travelled to last season’s Saturday Division 1 champions.
From the Saxons point of view, the less said about this game the better. You could see from the first 5 minutes that the lads weren’t on their game.
Whilst Wilmslow thoroughly deserved their win the Saxons can look back on a host of chances to score which weren’t taken, and some poor and indecisive defending from a team who have set themselves high standards.
James came out of the match with the most credit bagging himself two excellent goals to take the Man of the Match award.
Sunday 22 September - Saxons 2
The Saxons welcomed last season’s champions in what was an entertaining game at Lees field.
A few changes were made for the second period which gave the Saxons a boost going forward, with Kaiser looking particularly impressive on his debut. The Saxons levelled when Marcus had a great run down the left and won a corner. From Raphe’s pin point delivery Xavier finished neatly at the back post.
The third period was eventful to say the least. Max was reintroduced into the fray and started driving the team forward down the right hand side. Ben pulled off a wonderful save from a one on one situation to keep the scores level, however it wasn’t long before Sale went 2-1 in front. The Saxons had a great chance to level the scores and would have done if it wasn’t for a last ditch tackle when Alex was through on goal, then James went close with a long range effort that the keeper couldn’t hold onto.
The Man of the Match award went to Richard for an outstanding performance.
Sunday 15 September - Saxons 4 NJ Wythenshawe 1
The Saxons entertained NJ Wythenshawe in the first round of the
The conditions were poor and didn’t help either team. The match ebbed and flowed in the first period with both teams having chances. Marcus was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when it looked as though he was tripped from behind. Both Xavier and Max then spurned chances to open the scoring. However, Richard and Charlie had to be on their guard at the back with Wythenshawe breaking at every opportunity. The score could have been 5-2 at the end of the first period, however unbelievably it was still goalless.
The second period was similar with wave after wave of attacks. Then out of the blue the Saxons conceded a penalty; Ben was unlucky not to save it, however the score was 0-1. The Saxons hit back almost immediately when Cian slipped a pass through that Alex ran onto and coolly side footed home into the bottom left hand corner. For the remainder of the period, the Saxons were particularly wasteful in front of goal with countless chances going begging.
The final period saw a more composed Saxons team in front of goal. Charlie played a great ball through to the impressive James, who burst past the last man and slotted the ball underneath the keeper. Raphe than got in the act with a fantastic individual effort. Xavier crossed for Alex to complete a brace and take the score to 4-1. Luke had a chance at the back post but his effort went just wide. Josh then had a great run down the left but dragged his shot into the side netting.
Man of the Match could have gone to Adam again who was classy at the back and James who had a really good game in the middle, however Max took the award for his all performance and energy throughout the game.
Sunday 8 September - Saxons 4
The Saxons kicked off the new season will a solid win against the Panthers.
The Saxons got off to a flying start; after great work by Marcus down the right, Josh toe poked the ball home within the first minute of the game. However the lead didn’t last long; Ben pulled off a fantastic save to keep out a bullet header from a corner, only for the rebound to fall to a Panther player and the score was 1-1. To their credit the Saxons hit back almost immediately. Again Marcus created the goal by chasing a lost cause and unselfishly rolled the ball to James who slotted the ball home into an empty net.
The second period started positively for the Saxons who seemed to be playing more fluently. The third goal came when a rocket shot from debutant Adam rebounded off the keeper to Cian who drove the ball into the bottom right hand corner. After this the Saxons went into their shell a bit and Ben had to deny the Panthers a second goal on a couple of occasions.
The last period saw the best move of the match when Charlie played a great ball down the line to Max, then some great inter play between Max, Xavier and Luke resulted in Xavier firing a shot from an acute angle that went just over. The killer goal came with 10 minutes to go; Josh chased down the full back, nicked the ball off him, ran into the area and hit an unstoppable drive into the top corner. Adam Cwas immediately re-introduced into the fray to secure the midfield up and Mr versatile Richard dropped into defence to shut up shop against a Wilmslow team who didn’t give up.
There were a few candidates for MOTM particularly Marcus, Cian, James, Josh and Ben, however the award went to Adam Y for a great debut performance.
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The triumphant squad from the 2011 Meadowside and Failsworth tournaments
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