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 .