In our final League match of the season we were up against the League Champions in Failsworth Dynamoes who have proved themselves to be worthy of being the elite team in a super League .
The starting eleven was amended to play in a different fashion having played a 4-2-3-1 against them in the past with some success but without the result , changing to a 4-1-4-1 and because of that Dan sat in front of the defence with a four of Marcus , Oisin , Jack and Lewis in front with Rowie up front .
From the start Unsworth took the game to the opposition with a number of great moves Marcus finding Lewis who tried to lob the keeper without success , then the lively Marcus pacing down the left to flash a shot across the keeper but wide of the post .

With two last minute cry offs and one no show on top of Marcus being away and Ben carrying an injury it was inevitable that we would lack the quality needed to rival our opponents riding high on the back of last weeks cup win .
Well done to the lads that did turn up though who played well enough throughout with a bare eleven , Ben valiantly carrying his injury and Joe W playing his first full game for quite some time .
In the first half we had a few efforts one from Rowie and a good move starting with Dev passing to Joe who found Bens feet who put in Lewis to just miss the target .
Hough Ends first goal was a good finish from the right edge curling the ball left foot into the left of the goal . Their second goal was less so with a speculative effort beating Mark from 22 yards out .

There were four players missing once again for varying reasons but once again the team looked strong enough on paper to beat Astley & Tyldesley . Jack was back as CDM alongside the hard working Luke with the front four Lewis , Oisin , Marcus and Rowie a match for anyone .
The match was lovely to watch from the start with the lads spraying the ball around in super fashion with improved talking around the ball . The Reds created a number of chances from this with Joel heading against the post from an Oisin corner , Lewis shooting just wide and Marcus making the keeper work hard with a well struck right foot shot .
Oisin then had a mazy wonderful run and brought Rowie into the game but a left foot shot missed the target and Marcus had a long range effort saved by their very good goalkeeper , and again after Rowie had won the ball from their defender .

Unsworth (CC) FC 3 Hough End 3 Pens (1-4)

In a game of this magnitude you have to start well and the Unsworth lads certainly did outplaying the opposition time and again with beautiful to watch link up play particularly between Oisin , Morgan and Lewis .
Time and again chances were created a Lewis pass finding Morgan jinking his way through to get a shot off , then the same lads again when a goal looked favourite but a desperate clearance was made .
Marcus got in on the act than running on to a Morgan pass , the latter looking imperious in his link up play . to back up our superior play with Hough End constantly on the back foot .
The goal did not come from this source however but an Oisin corner and Marcus getting on the end of it to make it 1-0

Without Dan, Rob , Morgan , Luke S and Josh our squad once again allowed us to put out a strong enough team thankfully with Charley slotting in at left back and Ben moving to right midfield .

The lads were lethargic from the start and you really do wonder what time they get to bed at times but for sure they were unprepared in the main to roll up their sleeves as a team and get stuck in and work hard initially .

For this reason Unsworth fell behind when it was all too easy to get in behind our back four as no one took responsibility , most were just spectators , with no fire in the belly or a desire to win the ball .
That said Marcus was continuing to show what he did in training making 2/3 chances and we knew it was a day when he would score at least one , and sure enough Rowie who was not feeling great either found him with the perfect pass in the last ten minutes of the half for Marcus to finish neatly .
Then the lads had a great move with Lewis finding Marcus with the simple pass who knocked it right to Oisin who in turn beat his man and gently chipped the ball to beat another defender to find Ben in his stride on the right and he finished neatly across the keeper to miraculously put us in the lead at half time when myself and Darren were expecting to give them the rocket they deserved .