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Broughton Score First.

Sat. 25th Aug. 2018

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Sir Tom Finney (a)  0 - 5  (ht.-)    
scorers :  -
Sat. 22nd Sept. 2018

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Canberra Corinthians  (h)  0 - 2   (ht.-)    
scorers :  -
Sat. 29th Sept. 2018

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Southport Trinity  (a)  0 - 5   (ht.0-2)    
scorers :  -
Sat. 13th Oct. 2018

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Eccleston & Heskin Res (h)  6 - 0  (ht.3-0)    
scorers :  L. Taylor 3, R. Micklethwaite, J. Yates, R. Alston
    The weather seemed to reflect the two directions our season could go after Saturday’s game. It was autumn and that means change. The results have been poor so far and we hadn’t yet scored a goal. So a change to this form would be a welcome relief. However, it was also the day of Storm Callum, bringing wild winds and wet weather and could in fact mean more misery for Murch and the Broughton first team if our poor form continued. However, the atmosphere in the dressing room beforehand seemed to suggest a change in our fortunes. Firstly, it was good to see the return of some familiar faces: in came Luke Taylor who seemed bright and shiny as he strolled up to the Myerscough dressing room. However, it might have just been the Firminoesque gnashers that gave off this impression. We also saw Adam Hayhurst return, who was in great spirits as, in his own words, he was “just glad to be out of the house”. We also saw Jamie return and coupled with a few faces from last year’s second team (Lewis, Imi, Will and Dan) suddenly the gloom of recent weeks seemed to vanish. Before the game, Murch set us up in a 4-1-4-1 formation to counteract the big forward of Walmer Bridge. A sensible and wise tactical decision if that was who were actually playing. However, when it was revealed to him that we were playing Eccleston, Murch, like all good tacticians, stuck by his guns and said he heard they also had a big powerful forward that we needed to starve of service (they didn’t). This and the forgotten keys meant a lottery ticket was decided pregame. The talk before the game was to start quickly. In previous games, we tended to look lethargic but with a strong bench, players could afford to work hard from the first minute as there were options available if we got tired. The warm up reflected this as we worked hard on getting the intensity high from the start. This was nearly wasted as a late and lethargic referee meant the kick off was delayed by half an hour. But, promisingly, we were still quick out of the blocks. And, two minutes in, a through ball from Alston found the superb run of Taylor who latched on to it, rounded the keeper and slotted it home. Our first goal of the season saw us go wild with Monksy shouting from the sidelines: “yay! We scored!” And a 35 year old man forgot his age and danced in the celebration in the style of Mané and Firmino. It was a welcome relief. And soon after it was two. A wonderful chipped ball over the defence by Micklethwaite fed Jamie who sped past the centre half and lashed the ball into the net. 2-0 after 7 minutes. It felt good. We then set about controlling the game. Eccleston tried to use the wind by pumping the ball over the top but the back four dealt with any high balls with ease and Will was never tested. Barnsey excelled in his sitting role and cut out any attempted passes into their forward line. Adam and Lewis as full backs were able to get on the ball and feed the midfield and forward line and we started to look in full control Soon it was three. A good move saw the ball fed out wide to Jamie. His delivery was deflected into the air where it fell to Alston on the edge of the 18 who hit a Scholes-like volley (not my words but the words of Tom Barnes) into the bottom corner of the net. Then, shamefully, the dancing happened again. 3-0 and we more than deserved it. At half time, Murch was full of praise for once. So far this season it has been a half time of well-deserved bollockings but with us working hard for each other and with the movement of Luke and the pace of Dan and Jamie out wide, we finally looked dangerous. But he urged us to be cautious as the next 10 minutes was crucial to stop them getting back in the game. And so we continued to work hard for each other and before long it was 4-0 thanks to a stunning strike from Micklethwaite. He picked up the ball in acres of space and, cutting across it, he drilled the ball over the keeper from all of 40 yards. 4-0 and game over. We then made use of our excellent bench. Pommy came on for the excellent Hayhurst whose one and only overlap seemed to take it out of him, before Imi replaced the tiring Jamie and Penny, another excellent call up from the seconds, replaced the very effective defensive shield of Barnsey. However, we then seemed to take our foot off the gas and do our best to give Eccleston a lifeline. Passes went astray, people stopped working and Taylor began bollocking. Luckily, we managed to get a grip and we scored a fifth. A foul on Imi saw Micklethwaite float a ball to Taylor who took it into his stride and fired past the cabbage-handed goalkeeper. Eccleston looked defeated and so Pommy, presumably feeling sorry for them, tried his best to give them a penalty. Luckily for us, our tired and cranky referee wasn’t up with play so it wasn’t given. That meant the clean sheet was still on and it would’ve been harsh if the excellent performances of the back four, and in particular Iddon and McGill who didn’t lose a header all game, weren’t rewarded. The icing on the cake was a hat trick for the returning Taylor. Dan’s trickery drew a foul, and, after Murch had confidently predicted to Adam that Luke would sky the freekick, he did the opposite and smashed it past the keeper for 6-0. After the final whistle, for once the changing room was a good place to be. Most came back to the Bull and MoM and worst moment was decided. Man of the Match was Luke closely followed by Scott Iddon. Worst moment went to me. Normally my dance shame came after a big night out in the dingy clubs of Preston. This was a new low and there was no alcohol involved. Maybe I was high from us scoring or from my wonder goal. I don’t know. Lottery ticket it is.  RA.
Sat. 20th Oct 2018 
GH Cup Rd 1

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Southport Trinity  (a)  0 - 1 (AET ft.0-0)  
scorers :   
  GUILDHALL CUP ROUND 1
Sunshine and a trip to the seaside was Broughton’s Saturday. After the good result last week, the side went to Southport in optimistic mood, despite having lost 5-0 there a few weeks ago. Manager Murch, despite missing key players from the previous week, had a strong squad to choose from. He welcomed back Kev from his honeymoon and Andy Horn from physio-ing. We also saw the return of Newby, after his excellent season last season, and K, Greg and Mitch. Talk before the game was of working hard for each other and getting into the faces of the opposition. We lined up in 4-1-4-1 which allowed us to be solid in the middle of the park. Southport were a tough side but we matched them throughout. The whole team worked hard for each other in a very intensive first half of few opportunities. K battled hard up front and every time we went forward, we looked dangerous. However, neither side went close with final balls or miscontrol letting down both sides as each midfield battled for control as the game continued at breakneck speed. After 25 minutes, it seemed to swing towards us as they began to fall out with each other and we began to win first and second balls. Their number 10 decided he had enough and he walked off the pitch, took off his boots and decided he didn’t fancy the battle, leaving his teammates to pick up all his toys and his dummy. However, for all the dominance, Southport had the only clear chance of the first half. Their centre mid ran through and with Gilly in pursuit, seemed to stumble over and Greg smothered the ball. Cue outrage from Southport as they felt it should’ve been a pen. Murch was again full of praise for his side at half time. His talk was about continuing to work hard for each other but be a bit more patient with the ball. So we came out determined and looked dangerous as we pressed the home team and looked to hit them on the break. K and Tannock went close and Kev continued to shield the back four as we sought an opening goal. However, after some good pressure, Southport started to look most likely to score. Greg pulled off a great finger tip save to keep us level and we began to tire. But the back four held strong. Gilly and Scott continued their excellent partnership and headed anything away and Newby and Andy Horn continued to work hard without the ball and be an outlet for us going forward. However, neither side managed to break the deadlock so we went to extra time. Murch won worst moment for asking whether it was golden goal, baffling the younger players who weren’t born when it was last used. The lads had worked hard all game and with only one sub (thanks to a no show from a pissed up Walsh), it was Southport who scored the decisive goal. The pressure from midfield was no longer there and a ball over the top saw the striker race through and put it in, despite Greg getting down superbly to his first shot. Luckily, it wasn’t 1998 and we still had a chance to get back in it. We pushed various players forward in search of the equaliser in the second period of extra time. Dan, Lewis and Newby all went close but it was all to no avail and Southport held on. But, once again, we saw another improvement and hopefully we’ll continue getting better with each game. Gilly was named MoM with Kev and Lewis coming a close second. - RA
Sat. 27th Oct. 2018

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FC Bolton (a)  3 - 0   (ht.1-0)    
scorers :  G. Halse 2, L. Walsh
    Bolton was the location announced at the last minute by Murch for Broughton’s next game, and despite a late drop out, we went with confidence. We lined up in our now familiar formation of 4-1-4-1 with our manager and his dodgy hamstring starting at centre half. As has become a deliberate custom, Murch continued to try to take the worst moment pressure off his team by arriving with a wet kit, having been up late in the night washing it. In cold conditions, we started on fire. Pressing from midfield, we won the ball back well and created two great chances within the first 10 minutes. Dan used his pace to get behind the back line but couldn’t convert either chance. This is the tactic we employed for the rest of the game. Instead of trying to pass it short through our midfield, today was the day to take football back to the early nineties: run around at 100 miles an hour and whack the ball over the top for our strikers to run onto. However, it was a Bolton mistake that gave us our first goal. A short pass out saw Gav challenge their centre half. He won the ball and despite their keeper saving his first shot, he was sharp and smashed home the rebound. 1-0. However, we then took our foot off the pedal and the wind stopped us getting up the pitch. Soon, Bolton had a few good chances of their own, but Greg saved one well with his feet and poor finishing for the others meant we went into the break holding onto the lead. Half time was about using the wind and continuing to hit it over the Bolton back line - and that is what we did. We continued to work hard for each other and threaten on the break. Bolton were easily kept at bay as any time they managed to break through the back line and Greg threw themselves in the way. After soaking up the pressure, we got a second. A great ball from Lewis fed Gav down the right wing and his cross was bundled over the line by Walsh, back after ‘working’ last week. 2-0. Mitch came on for K for fresh legs and we continued to look comfortable. And then 5 minutes from the end we got the icing on the cake. A long ball over the top saw Gav race onto the ball. With the keeper stranded, he lofted the ball over his head and into the gaping net. A great performance, characterised by hard work, meant another good result. The cherry on the cake was the bargain Tiger beers (£7 a crate!) that Andy donated and the boys enjoyed. Let’s hope these performances continue. RA 
Sat. 3rd Nov 2018

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Walmer Bridge (h)  1 - 1  (ht.1-1)    
scorers :  A. Whitaker
    18 players Murch had to select from for this game. 18! It was a sign that our recovery from such a poor start was continuing. Walmer Bridge was also the team that Murch thought we were playing when he dreamt up the 4-1-4-1 formation that marked the start of our turnaround in fortunes. His team talk for this was done 3 weeks ago. We started with Will in nets and had the back four of Hungover Horn, Gilly, Scott and Newby; Kev, Alston and Lewis were the midfield three; and Jamie, Micklethwaite and Adam were the front three. This left us with a strong bench of Aidy, Tigz and Mitch. Like in recent weeks, we started well and on the front foot, numerous chances were created-and missed - and if anybody looked likely to score it was us. Pressing from Adam forced a mistake from the back line and Alston’s cross into the box nearly resulted with Adam opening the scoring. Other chances came and went - Yates went close twice - but the scores stayed level. But soon we were very nearly punished. A ball over the top and Scott’s flat feet meant his only option was to tug on the shirt of their centre forward who went down on the edge of the box. The ref saw it as inside and Walmer Bridge had the penalty. Their left back jogged up confidently but Will sprang to his left and his strong arm kept the scores level. However, it was soon 1-0. Their left winger jinxed inside Andy, whose hangover was getting worse by the second, and he ran past numerous slide challenges before squeezing the ball under an unlucky Will. This spelt the end of Andy’s game as his age + pints of alcohol + staying up past midnight = dog rough. Aidy replaced him as we looked to hit back. We continued to press. However, some dubious linesman decisions stopped many of our attacks. However, it was the ref playing advantage for one of these offsides that caused the players to be particularly furious. As the Walmer Bridge goalkeeper dallied on the ball, Jamie stole in and put it in the net. The ref then gave the freekick. Micklethwaite and Yates were furious, with Jamie going into the book, despite a father-son chat from Murch before the game about rising above the anger. Micklethwaite also continued the protests but to no avail. However, we soon got an equaliser. Kev, as usual, won the ball in midfield and slipped in Adam. His pace saw him race onto the ball, the linesman kept his flag down, and he placed the ball into the net. 1-1. The halftime whistle went and as we talked about possible changes of system Micklethwaite continued to have his own father-son chat about the non-advantage decision: “Just admit you were wrong, ref, and we can all move on.” His teammates had moved on to halftime and the ref refused to admit he was wrong so Ryan and the ref are still not friends. The second half started the way the first ended. We pressed and looked to feed Adam and soon had the ball in the net. But it was rightly ruled out for offside. A good ball from Alston found Adam who sped into the box and instead of finishing it, he squared it to Jamie who was ahead of the ball. Still 1-1. Tigz came on for Alston to use his pace to get behind the defence but it was Walmer Bridge who started to push for the winner. Luckily, our back four held firm and restricted them to very few chances. Mitch came on for the tiring Jamie but we weren’t able to fashion many chances and in the end we were grateful for the point, continuing to show a solidity that was missing earlier in the season. RA 
Sat. 10th Nov 2018

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Springfields (h)  1 - 1  (ht.-)    
scorers :  J. Yates
Sat. 17th Nov 2018

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Wilbraham Club  (a)  1 - 0   (ht.-)    
scorers :  D. Edwards
Sat. 24th Nov 2018

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New Longton Rovers  (h)  2 - 0    (ht.-)    
scorers :  J. Yates, R. Micklethwaite
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Appleby Bridge (h)  Postponed
Sat. 15th Dec. 2018

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Ecclestone & Heskin Res (a)  Kick off: 2.00pm  (ht.-)    
scorers :  -
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Sat. 25th Aug 2018

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The Herald (h)  1 - 7   (ht.-)  
scorers : D. Edwards
Sat. 1st Sept. 2018

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Appleby Bridge Res  (h)  6 - 0  (ht.3-0)  
scorers :  A. Best 2, A. Pennington, I. Vohra, Regan, K. Cummins
    Its been an upsy downsy sort of start to the season with mixed results in pre season and a definite bumpy start last week. This week was much better and the team , on paper, looked full of energy and dynamic – and that’s how we played. An experimental set up of 4-4-2 saw a new midfield of Regan, Tannock, Edwards and Pennington, with Best and Vohra up front, but it was the back 4 of Bowerman, Kenyon Howse and Kev C that were called on in the first few minutes as Appley exerted some pressure. We saw that out and started to push forward, and when we did it was immediately apparent that our attack had more than the Appley defence. Tannock especially had a top game and linked well with Edwards and , with the centre mid successfully buttoned up, we had time to press forward. Regan had the first chance but saw his one on one effort smothered by the keeper, but the chances kept coming and after 15 mins Pennington broke free and buried a shot in the bottom corner. 5 minutes later Regan made amends for the previous miss when having been set free by Tannock he cut back in and drove a shot under the Appley keeper. Kev C capped a great half for himself and the team with a solo effort when , having won the ball on the half way line , he broke free played a 1-2 with Best and then beat the keeper with a fierce shot. Talk at half time was of maintaining the pressure . Boff and Buxton joined the fray, but the pressure continued. Sprake in nets provided an outlet for any defensive pressure that would have gladdened Pep Guardiola and on one occasion that Appley did really threaten pulled of a worldy save to keep things at 3-0. That scare apart the 2nd half belonged to our forwards as Besty bagged 2 and threatened more -and Vohra got a reward for hard work by bagging our 4th goal. The season is under way. db  
Wed. 5th Sept 2018

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Newman College Res  (a)  2 - 3  (ht.-)  
scorers : I. Vohra, M. Kenyon
     
Sat. 8th Sept. 2018

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Astley  (h)  3 - 3  (ht.-)  
scorers : A. Best, I. Vohra, J. Welch
     
Sat 15th Sept 2018 V Walton-leDale  (a)  2 - 3  (ht.0-2)  
scorers : A. Best, L. Tannock
    On an unusually decent pitch at Worden park (just wait till January) we faced up to a Walton side unbeaten so far. Vaughan was missing in nets but Greg Lopko was an equally talented replacement and with a very solid ( !! ) looking back four of Horrocks Catlow, Howse and Kenyon we started off on what we knew would be a challenging afternoon. Despite best efforts Walton clearly had the better of the midfield battle and it became a tussle of attack versus defence and whether the one could outwit the other. For most of the half we held defensively strong and only a couple of mistakes cost the goals and, whilst that was happening, we did have chances. Tannock released Welch with a threaded ball that Welch only just failed convert then a three man move ended with Edwards beating the keeper only to rebound off the post Half time came and changes were needed. We switched to a 3 man centre midfield with Boff on to steady the ship. Immediately things looked much more under control – though Best was now left more isolated. Edwards won a penalty when up ended as he burst past a defender and Best converted coolly to get us back into the game. Sprake joined the fray and immediately had an impact as a serious of freekicks were won – but sadly not converted. Walton restored their 2 goal advantage but with 5 mins to go another clever move released Tannock in the box and he drove it under the advancing keeper. We were on top at this stage but just didn’t have the time to make it pay. db -
Sat. 29th Sept. 2018

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International All Stars  (h)  4 - 2  (ht.-)  
scorers : A. Best 2, P. Howse, A. Sprake
Sat. 6th Oct. 2018

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Anchorsholme Res (a) 2 - 6  (ht.-)  
scorers :  A. Best, D. Edwards
Sat. 20th Oct. 2018

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New Longton Rovers Res  (h)  4 - 2  (ht.1-1)  
scorers :  J. Welch 2, R. Pomfret, A. Best
    Having Lost Tannock and Edwards to the 1st team a re-organisation was required - especially in midfield where the new combo of Smith and Ryan provided a duo high on experience (but dare I say) lowish on pace. The old heads however had a standout game and dominated midfield for almost the entire game. Howse and Kenyon were equally dominant in the centre of defence and with that platform we began the game on a positive basis. The chances seemed to come almost from the off and it was no surprise when after only 10 minutes Jack Welch cut in from the wide left leaving 2 defenders in his wake and the shot from the edge of the box rattled into the bottom corner. Best and Vohra worked hard up front- and that movement allowed us to play simply and effectively through midfield and for once the opposition were left chasing the shadows. Vohra came closest after beating 2 men in the box – but his shot came back off the post and ran back into the hands of a relieved keeper. Slightly cooler heads could and probably should have seen us well ahead but the chances went and New Longton equalised with a fast well constructed break that left keeper Gregory exposed and with no chance of saving a clinical finish. This had really only been the one time that we had been over run, so the half time team talk was up beat. The second half began well and improved throughout. After only 5 minutes Best released Vohra into the box. The keeper saved well, but Welch was again on hand to notch his and our second. 10 minutes later our best team move of the season started with a cool clearance from Gregory to Pomfret. The ball moved well through midfield and was finished by Pomfret who had shown a burst of pace unseen for a while to get on the end of a move he had started on the edge of our own box. By now the confidence was oozing and all sorts of unlikely people started to appear in attacking positions. Vohra , Smith, Todd and Howse came close, full backs and defenders pushed on and got involved and the fourth goal came as a result of yet more good work from Best. db  
Sat. 27th Oct. 2018

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Newman College Res  (h) 4 - 6  (ht.2-3)  
scorers :  A. Best 2, I. Vohra 2
    Not sure where to start in describing this one. If I tell you that we dominated the middle hour of the game and won that portion 4-0- then you will have a feel for the diabolical beginning and end to the game. We had the usual raft of people missing, but with 2 subs and a team high on experience we were still hopeful of building on the good result of last week. 15 minutes in we were 3-0 down and all our hopes seemed to be in tatters. The strange thing was that in that period we had played some good football and created chances, but when Newman attacked they did at a pace we seemingly couldn’t match and as a team we have to look at our desire to do the dirty stuff. It always seemed likely that we would get a goal, especially with Pendle and Best working so hard up front, and our fightback started with a Best penalty after 25 minutes. 5 minutes later Vohra showed skill and determination to take the ball past 3 defenders and when faced with a one on one with the keeper placed it confidently in the bottom corner. The half time team talk was a lot more upbeat than seemed possible 30 minutes before. The 2nd half started well and good work by Best created a chance for Vohra and his great shot from 20 m levelled the game and then Best again outwitted the Newman defence and finished a the chance to complete the turnaround. At this point we were relatively untroubled defensively and we again went close and the confident football continued. Will Vaughan in nets had to pull out 2 high class saves as the game started to wobble and then we went into self destruct mode again. The problem really wasn’t effort on our part but mainly that the average age of the 2 teams would have been about 10 years different. Suddenly runs being made from midfield and wide weren’t being picked up or matched and we again conceded very poor goals to create a depressing end to the game. A bout of unwarranted hysteria from management didn’t help and was regretted immediately. db  
Sat. 3rd Nov. 2018

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Appleby Bridge Res (a)  2 - 2  (ht.1-1)  
scorers :  A. Best, L. Robinson
    In keeping with the Halloween mood, strange things were happening in the Broughton camp. For the first time in living memory a good number of the first team squad all declared themselves available at the same time and so Murchy was able to share some of his group with the 2nd team. As a result Walsh re joined the team and Makinson and Robinson, making their first appearance of the season, were also available. The game started off evenly balanced – and stayed that way for the whole of the 90 minutes. Playing down wind, Appley Bridge kept us under pressure through the long clearances from their keeper, but also by attacking fast through centre midfield. At the same time Best and Vohra also looked dangerous up front for us – so it was a question of who gave way first. Sadly we succumbed to yet another break from midfield and Appley took a deserved lead. For 10 minutes we held on. Boff and Kenyon performed some heroic last ditch defending and Adam Huddleston, recently returned as wide midfield/keeper, showed safe hands to keep us in the game. We changed formation after 30 minutes to try to get control of midfield and almost immediately started to look more balanced. Ryan and Buxton worked together well to bottle up the centre and this freed Liam to start to find spaces and get our attack moving. Dillon Makinson on the left was our most dangerous outlet and a number of chances went close before Robinson brought us level after good work by Best. The second half started equally well and the Best/Robinson partnership again worked well, this time a delicate through ball was decisively finished by Best and for 10 minutes we threatened to run away with it, but some wild finishing and rushed passing was our downfall. Appley equalised after a corner was only half cleared, an attacker on the edge of the box was left unmarked by sloppy defending – and that attacker finished well. We had only ourselves to blame for the slightly panicky last 20 minutes. Again the game could have gone either way had both sides finished more calmly - but a draw was a fair result. db  
Sat. 10th Nov. 2018

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International Allstars (a) 4 - 5  (ht.-)  
scorers :  J. Welch 2, I. Vohra, A. Best
Sat. 17th Nov. 2018

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Standish St. Wilfreds Res  (h)  3 - 3  (ht.0-1)  
scorers :  A. Best 2, L. Walsh
    In reaching for a cliché to begin the report the best I can suggest is that we pulled this one out of the fire. We started with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Ryan in the defensive midfield position, this in an attempt to stop our past frailty when faced with fast opposition breaks out of midfield. This, along with a couple of new centre midfielders on the shape of Hudson and Mason meant we started the game in somewhat of an exploratory status - ie. trying to work out who was doing what. It explained the slightly shaky first 10 minutes, but once we settled it meant that by and large we looked defensively strong. There was no doubt that Standish had a decent outfit and moved the ball about well, but generally the possession was blunted by determined defending. Kenyon and Boff were outstanding and Gav Gregory as stand in keeper showed a safe pair of hands. Standish took the lead from one of our few midfeld lapses but we did threaten and Best, as always, worked hard and Hudson, Vohra and Welch all had attempts on goal. At 1-0 down at half time we were in the game, but a couple of goals relatively early in the second half seemed to put the game well beyond reach as Standish knocked the ball about with confidence. It all changed with 25 minutes to go. Ryan released Welch down the right and his through ball to Best was taken on and hammered in off the far post. We suddenly started to play with twice as much confidence and intent. Another great break lead to a corner, and in a goal mouth scramble that followed, Walsh forced the ball home. We went for the equaliser and all sorts of people started to appear in attacking positions. Gregory in nets was keen to join in but reluctantly accepted it was probably best if he didn’t, and, with 3 minutes to go the ball was driven into the feet of the ever available Best. Defenders panicked and again dumped Best on the floor leading to a last minute free kick. The wall was formed and the tension spread as Best lined up the free kick and - in a finish resembling that of Beckhams free kick against Greece - the ball was curled into the top corner. Cue mad celebrations and a deserved point. DB  
Sat. 24th Nov. 2018

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Standish St. Wilfreds Res  (a)  1 - 4  (ht.0-2)  
scorers :  A. Best
    Following last weeks highly creditable fightback against the league leaders, the last thing we needed really was a reverse fixture against the same opponents. The usual player merry go round saw 4 of last weeks team missing – with only the return of Rossi after a long injury absence as a counter balance and hence we went to the fixture with only the manager as sub (they had 5). This was ultimately to be decisive, but we started brightly, if somewhat defensively, as the game played itself out as a carbon copy of the previous week. Our plan to defend and frustrate – then break quickly worked for 20 minutes but was undone by a precision ball through the middle and a cool finish. Truth be told Standish did create more chances than last week but stout defending from the back 4 of Walsh Kenyon Boff and Pommy held firm. Sprake in nets pulled off some good saves and we rode our luck till just before half time. Mitch was clearly fouled as he went to clear a ball, but the ball was rolled to a Standish centre back who hammered an unstoppable shot into the top corner. We had shown enough to suggest that we could get something from the game and when Best was fouled in the box 10 minutes into the 2nd half it looked like last weeks result might be repeated. Best scored the penalty (just) and for 10 minutes we pushed on and had the balance of the play. It couldn't last. Standish were able to field a herd of subs whereas our lads continued to fight hard to stay in the game and as our pace slowed, Standish scored 2 more and fully deserved the win. db  
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Walmer Bridge (h)  3 - 4  (ht.-)  
scorers :  A. Best 2, J. Welch
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