After last weekends poor performance the Reds returned to wining ways even after three cry offs just before the game in Quinny , K , and the elusive Morgs .
We started with our best keeper Luke in nets against a side who took a point off Elton Vale last week , Devan upfront to give us more firepower and strength , Josh in at right back and Joe in centre midfield .
Despite going 1-0 down to a free kick the lads looked bright and were working hard right across the pitch as a team which was super to see and Unsworth got back in the game with a handball in the box which Dev fired in with his usual power and nonchalance to give the keeper no chance .
This was added to from the spot when Dev was put in by Lewis and upended in a clear penalty to make it 2-1 .
This was the score at half time when all we asked of the lads was more of the same and to hold the ball up slightly better up front and for better movement off the ball .
This they did in abundance in the second half as first the inspirational Oisin found Lewis who missed the target .

In a game where we started without Rob , Dan and Joe defence was always going to be difficult without two of our regular defenders and with Ben continuing in nets in the absence of a specialist keeper .
That said the lads started brightly and Unsworth went into the lead when Oisin got on the end of a long Devan pass to finish easily .
We almost went further into the lead when an Oisin free kick found Luke S whose header hit the post and Quinn then put in Lewis who was thwarted by a last ditch tackle . Quinn then found Morgs free in acres of space to beat any offside trap to round the keeper and make it 2-0 .
We were then given a warning when their number 17 blasted against the bar just before half time .
In the second half Unsworth went into a three goal lead when Rowie found Oisin who shot and Lewis could not believe his luck when the keeper made a complete mess of it for an easy goal tapping over the line ,
From this position we should never be beaten but our desire to get more goals in the end is our undoing as we leave big holes in midfield for the opposition to attack and sure enough they quickly scored two goals to put themselves back in the game .
We again went three goals ahead to 5-2 when Lewis put in Morgan who found Lewis free on the right to zip the ball across the goal for an own goal followed shortly after by a long ball to Morgan who again finished far too easily .
Perhaps in future we need to put Oisin in front of the back four as well as Jack when we are in a three goal lead because the naivety of our team defensive play is all too obvious as we strive to get more goals which in reality are not required .
They got back in the game with the one strike of theirs with real quality to reduce the deficit to two , and shortly after , after a good save from Ben they were onto the loose ball quickly to make it 5-4 and just as the ref was to blow the whistle it was 5-5 and into penalties .
Luke made three fine saves and we blasted three here , there and everywhere with the keeper not having to make a save to put them in the next round . Decision making somewhat amiss again it has to be said when once gain we could and should have won it .

Our biggest concern going into this game is whether we are physically up to it against a team made up predominantly of U18 players not our ability to play football the right way . There is also a distinct lack of talking amongst the team whilst on the pitch .
The lads started superbly with Josh between the sticks and the returning Morgan up front . We have to get a win under our belts and the decision turned out right with Morgan superb in the first half getting to the ball first , holding the ball up well until midfield runners supported him . It is a joy to watch him in this vein of form .
We retained the ball well and Chaddy were not able to combat our one touch football and sure enough Unsworth took the lead with Dev finding Jack who played the ball into the box for Luke to run onto and head easily into the goal .
Our lead did not last long with the ball being taken easily in a dangerous position rather than our lines being cleared and without a specialist keeper in nets and not cutting down the angles their attacker scored easily to make it an undeserved 1-1 at half time .
We must learn when to defend in the right places and cut out the mistakes leading to opposition goals and also concentrate as a team on our defensive duties from front to back . This was the half time team talk but to continue playing as they were as class should outshine physicality .
An early Quinn corner found Rob and Joel at the back post but the woodwork saved the opposition but this cannot be said for our next goal when Quinn found Dev whose delightful curling cross found Lewis in the six yard box to get the perfect touch with the outside of the boot to beat the keeper .
A great save from Ben and a fine Dev effort almost increased the scoring for both sides but K then found the ball in the box , knocked it over his head to Joe who expertly with his super feet knocked the ball in the air left foot to right foot and hit the ball on the volley to make it 3-1 and this is where it should be game over .
That is not the case with us at the moment though with Lewis and K ending up as wingers rather than tucking in and making our 5 man midfield difficult to get past and sure enough they scored again as we switched off to make it 3-2 .
In the final minutes we had a penalty but the keeper pulled off a super save down to his right and low in the corner to save from Oisin who had an absolutely superb first half .

Against old time rivals Whitworth who like ourselves are predominantly an U17 team we knew from the start we would have to match their commitment and work rate to be able to compete with them .
Without Quinn on County Cup duty and the absent Morgan we started well and the best move of the half was Oisin finding the lively Rowie up front who put in Joe only for the keeper to make a good save at the near post .
Having defended really well with the ever dependant Dan breaking up play really well in the hole in front of the back four we allowed ourselves to switch off and too square in the middle of the back four to allow their forward to easily beat the offside trap and get in behind us to finish nicely and make it 1-0 at half time in an evenly balanced game .
At half time we asked the 3-4 lads who were not playing even an average game to step up their game , not to allow ourselves to be too square defensively , for better talking using Whitworth as a good example especially their start to the game and also for better defensive work particularly in our left and right midfield areas .
We started a lot more brightly but despite this sadly we ended up 2-0 down when Luke deputising in goals made an understandable error but we hold our hat up to him for helping us out as our best understudy .
Hopefully this will be sorted by next weekend .
Our fightback started when we were awarded a penalty for pushing in the box and despite Oisin having a penalty saved last week up he stepped to give the keeper no chance .
From free kicks we asked Joel to step up front with his height and aggression and Dan to sit on the keeper to be the nuisance he is and this worked perfectly with a fine header to draw us level .
Oisin then had a fine effort saved from a free kick and just when you thought Lewis was going to put us in front he missed the target .
This was further punished when one of their midfielders ran with the ball deep into our box and shot high and wide of Luke for a fine third for Whitworth .
Again we were not to be outdone when Lewis beat the offside trap to make in 3-3 in what was a super game from two totally committed sides .
Apart from the comments at half time we have to stop giving the ball away cheaply especially in midfield , and my man of the match was Dan out for 3 weeks but one man who gets his foot in at all times , has that will to win in every game and who gets under the opposition skin with the way he keeps close to the opposition players and competes with a desire second to none . Rowie and Rob were not far behind .

In our final match of the season which was effectively a Quarter Final League Tie against Uppermill it was the physicality and the brawn of our opponents that won the game and not fine overall play in a football sense . They won it with a desire to put their bodies on the line , to tackle at all costs , to foul when it justified taking one for the team not to concede, and to work together all over the pitch particularly when not in possession .

Their first goal was a case in point when the forwards switched off defensively and before you knew it from a throw in at the half way line an overlap was not picked up quickly enough and a free cross into the box game them the lead after we had had three or four gilt edged chances to take the lead .