With Dan , Rowie , Josh out injured or sick my promise was to retain Ben and Luke as starters after their performances in the last game . With a powerful centre forward Joel dropped into the back four and throughout the game Rob and Joel kept him quiet getting to him quickly and stifling his game .
Luke and Joe Hull sat in front of the back four which left Oisin on the right , Jack in the centre and Marcus on the left with Lewis up front in place of the late turning up Morgs .
From the start and throughout the game Unsworth in fourth place were the better team against Curzon Ashton who have moved into second place in recent weeks .
Marcus lobbed the keeper after intercepting the ball and the only surprise was that the ball was not nestling in the back of the net . Joe Hull shortly after had a good effort saved by their keeper who scrambled the ball away for a corner .
It was no surprise that Unsworth took the lead with Jack finding Marcus with a fine pass and Marcus finishing nicely . Shortly after for me we put the game to bed when Joel towered above everyone from a corner to make it 2-0 with what is becoming a trademark goal from an Oisin corner and it was this score at half time .
We said to the lads that more of the same and hardwork could give us a 4 or 5-0 victory but that we must ensure no early goal against us .
Sure enough the lads met the challenge and with a poor back header giving Lewis the opportunity to run on to and finish easily it gave us a further safety net to win a big game .
The only way Curzon were going to score was from a penalty in all honesty as Mark was largely unused except for clearances on the edge of our box .
A foul on their player in the box allowed their best player to step up to meet the challenge with a strike down the middle .
However there was to be no comeback as Oisin put in a fine ball for Ben to run onto in his stride to finish nicely to the keepers right and shortly after the game was over when Oisin mesmerised the opposition to put in Lewis who made the perfect decision to put in Morgan who kept up his run of goals to make it 5-1 . We will need these goals if Marcus is out for any time with a recurring injury .
Undeservedly Curzon got another penalty from a poor decision from the ref for handball to make it 5-2 but all in all a super display with some fine performances from Ben , Rob , Jack , Oisin and Lewis in particular but the whole team deserve a pat on the back as we move to challenge for 2nd spot in the league .
Lets keep it going now to keep us at the right tempo to make the most of two cup quarter finals over the coming months .