Once again the team was threadbare with the continuing injuries to Dan , Josh , and Marcus and the absence today of our keeper Mark and Joe H and we were therefore very lucky to welcome Joe W back from The Greens and Luke S who is always reliable to stand in as keeper . Not withstanding this the lads started really brightly controlling the game with crisp passing and creating a number of good chances before Middleton started to become the dominant team due to their workrate and desire and resorting to a long ball in atrocious conditions with the pitch getting worse by the minute and defenders unable to turn quickly as they pumped the ball over the top as our defence got deeper and deeper facing a strong wind .
Their first goal was as a result of our Achilles heel , slack marking and a Middleton forward getting in behind us to score . When will we learn this valuable lesson which results in goals against us time and again . Their second goal came from a poor clearance but in no way would I associate blame against Luke as stand in keeper and in fact I must praise his ability to play in multiple positions without complaint . He really is a team player .
At half time we highlighted their work rate and determination from 11 men which was key to their game and asked the same from our lads . We also said the game would be in our favour now due to the weather particularly the strong wind now being in our favour . We also asked the centre halves to stop dropping deeper and to allow their forwards to run offside which worked a treat within a couple of minutes of the restart .
The lads got their reward very soon with Oisin who is absolutely outstanding at present getting the ball 15 yards from their box with only one thing in his mind as he drove forward and from five yards outside of the box he let fly perfectly to score a cracker in the top left corner and the keepers right . You will not see a better goal in the premier league this weekend . It will only be a matter of time before he gets noticed once again as he is playing at such a high level consistently . Our equaliser came from Lewis doing what we asked and that is getting behind the opposition and the finish was good as he fired low to the keepers right with sufficient power to beat him .
Next week sees the return fixture and if the weather is like today it will be on 3g for sure !