The lads lifted their game from last week and once gain started really well with numerous chances throughout the first half which unfortunately were not taken . Of the chances where we should have scored at least four and that is no exaggeration Marcus had four efforts thwarted , Dev had a great shot , Lewis' effort was well saved by their best player who was between the posts and Rowie also went wide .
Whilst this continues we also look lightweight at the back without the imposing Joel and sure enough could have been behind but for a last gasp save from Devan doing what a good full back should do .
At half time once again we were confident that we would go on to win the game if we took just a handful of our chances and undoubted superiority . Joel described it as something akin to Man Utd V Burnley when the hosts spurned over 30 chances .
The second half started as per the first with Rowie jinking and shooting , Ben missing at the back post and Rowie having two great efforts stopped by the keeper before Morgan found Marcus to make it 1-0 .
Our performances of late and our weaknesses were once again highlighted when we did not attack the ball and close down in midfield , the dirty part of the game which we must get better at which allowed their midfielder to get a shot off and score over Luke deputising for Mark .
Also shortly after with a ball bouncing on the edge of the box we have no one prepared to win the ball at all costs and unbelieveably the shot resulting from this delay sailed over Luke for an early Xmas present .
We did not give up however and a fine strike from Marcus made it 2-2 for a point .
Overall we had at least 30 chances to their 5/ 6 and the score line really should reflect that but that is football .
We really need to do the basics better as regards marking , must put our foot in more often to win the ball at all costs and our finishing must improve with runners off Marcus to create space or to get in a better position than Marcus to score easier chances in the box rather than the edge
If we were not making any chances you would be worried but we quite easily with a little more thought and composure could have scored ten !

The game started well for the Reds with a Marcus effort on goal and a left foot shot from Jack . Uppermill then got their first shot on target which was well saved by Mark .
Our first goal started from the back with Ben finding Danny who brought Marcus , Jack and Luke in to the game for Lewis to cut the ball inside for Oisin to make it one nil for what was a super team goal from back to front , a coaches dream .
Marcus them broke away and found Lewis whose shot was well saved and just as we looked to be on top and take the game away from the opposition a free kick cross on the edge of our box floated over Marks head to make the score 1-1 with a total fluke .
Rather than digging in to regain superiority we allowed the opposition to score when clearly offside as only one timid shout was not enough for a whistle happy referee to give us the right decision . The lads must learn from this , a perfect example of this being shown by the same lads in the second half for a decision in our favour .
Even after this Lewis hit the post but at half time it was 2-1 but with the lads looking tired , quiet and lethargic it did not bode well . No one was prepared to take the bull by the horns and lead by example .
Sure enough we let in another goal with no tackle in sight and no one prepared to put a foot in and take responsibility .
Once again we got back in it with Lewis finding Rowie who put in a lovely ball for Marcus to get his first .
Poor defending let in their no 7 to make it 4-2 and shortly after Marcus got his second from the penalty spot .
Almost to script they went two ahead again from outside the box .
Even then despite playing badly as a team collectively Marcus and Rowie had easy chances and Lewis had a shot saved from a good ball off Ben .
Rowie finished the scoring with a beauty to finished defeated and deflated at 5-4 .
A game where desire was the key with no one playing to their potential and too many if onlys .
Joel it has to be said was missed more than anyone for his drive and physicality . Most were still in bed with Mason and Morgan .
The good thing about football is that you always have the week after to put things right . Over to you lads to take responsibility for your own performance next week and look fired up and ready to go .

In a game where we should have been at least 3-0 up at half time , gave away two easy goals, had two red cards and one yellow (The opposition also had two red cards ) it was not a good day .
The game started really brightly for The Reds with only one team in it and we were dominant in chances and possession , with Oisin playing in Lewis and Morgan beautifully but both chances went begging and then Lewis had another fine chance which was not taken .
Marcus then finished nicely from the corner of the box slipping it under the advancing keeper to make our dominance count and you really did think we were going to roll them over .
He then had another chance which was a great effort but came off the post and rolled along the line .
For sure if we had got another it would have been game over as Whitworth Park were being outplayed as they were predominantly in our last game last weekend .But the game is never over whilst 1-0 .
Then typical of ourselves at times a spare orange shirt was not picked up due to a total lack of communication, ownership and leadership on the pitch and they undeservedly equalised and to make matters worse they went in at half time with a 2-1 lead . They must have thought it was Christmas !!
I can only ask the back 6 to take a close look at themselves from a team perspective in allowing spare orange shirts particularly in the last third . They must take this blame collectively to eradicate this from our game as it costs us time and again when we are in control of a game .
In the second half I still cannot remember Whitworth Park having any chances and yet again we had 2 or 3 really good efforts to change the game Marcus having a great effort well saved and pushed onto the cross bar and Mason blazing over when it required a cool head , and we had a couple of free kicks on target .
Then the fun started with 10 minutes to go with a dreadful Whitworth Park tackle which should have been a quick red card and advantage Unsworth but where cool heads were needed the referee who has taken charge of us many times before and refereed superbly was not quite quick enough and that is not a criticism . I can honestly say the referees job is the hardest , I have taken charge a number of times , and parents should refrain from having a go at officials, even when they get it wrong , that is the job of the coaches alone .
The fact is he saw two of our lads with arms raised as he did with their lads , and if our lads had kept a cool head we would have had a one man advantage but it was not to be as he also sent off one of their lads and one of their substitutes to leave them with the one man advantage . A sign of how difficult a job it is , is that I saw only the initial challenge which was a red card challenge .
We are the only losers in the end as the red cards mean three match bans and £20 or £30 fines for Joel and Dan .The referees report is the only report that counts in the end . They will not rescind those red cards on the basis of some provocation through the match from the Whitworth lads . We have to stand up to them and channel those energies in the tackle when we have the opportunity not going down to their level and retaliating with arms raised .There is no place for this in sport and this is a message I gave to our lads and to the lads of Whitworth Park at the whistle .
Who would ever be a referee , I would also ask myself as David who has refereed us many times had a really difficult time in the melee that ensued making decisions in the spur of the moment and with only one viewpoint not having the benefit of linesmen to help .
The bottom line is we should never have lost this match as we dominated for the majority of the game .
A big sorry to Joe who I was bringing on for Dan just before the nonsense started .

In this game we started with Luke S at left back to replace Dan who was delayed in traffic with Joe H moving into central defensive midfield . The latter is really starting to show his worth and has evidenced what a good footballer he is keeping the game neat and tidy whilst accclimatising himself to the faster pace , higher intensity game of top quality U16 football .
Once again thankfully The Reds started the game really well with 3 identical strikes from Marcus which the keeper saved at the near post , Lewis going close and Oisin doing what was asked of central midfield in supporting attack when Marcus moves from the centre . Oisin is a perfect example of a footballer who takes on board what is asked of him for the sake of the team .A real gem and man of the match again with an imperious performance .
After this when really we should have again been at least two up The Reds gave Astley the easiest of chances with them taking advantage of space down the left and the centre forward who is a real handful should have put them in the lead but for a last gasp tackle from Rob .This was also partly caused by our lack of talking and centrally defensively at times playing too deep and not pushing out to leave the centre forward offside .The Reds deservedly took the lead when Marcus headed in a corner from Oisin but as we knew from last week 1-0 is never enough .
The half time team talk was made by Dan who totally agrees with this having seen it first hand himself gaining a greater understanding of what myself and Darren are trying to say .
The second half was a game of two penalties which both sides miss but it has to be said what a great save Marks was low to his left .
We picked up two more yellow cards , one for a last ditch foul off Joel and the second probably for persistent fouls from Rob and these are cards that as a coach you really do not mind apart from the cost .
Great to get our first League win when our football overall has been so much better than score lines suggest to add to or two cup wins to date .
Next week an early KO 10am V Manchester Macaabi when hopefully we can get our shooting boots on again in the Challenge Cup .

Playing Whitworth Park without Mase , Rowie , Josh and Joe the tempo of our game was superb from the start .
The work rate on a very hot day was exemplary learning from last weeks game .
This work did deserve a goal and a lead but both our best chances fell to Rob who went close on both occasions .
The highlight for me was the wizardry and partnership of Marcus and Lewis creating many an opening going forwards .
The deserved goal in the second half found Lewis on the right side , Joe overlapped to create a chance for Lewis to get the ball in the danger area . Their keeper missed the cross and Marcus working hard alone up front finished nicely to the delight of the lads .
Not to be outdone Whitworth Park equalised with a few minutes remaining of what was a super game to watch .
What probably beat us in the end was a lack of subs with Joe and Dan tiring like most of the lads and without the freshness to bring on .
Man of the match for me was Morgan due to his work rate today a quality at times which is needed to show his undoubted ability on the ball . All the lads however worked like Trojans and deserve a massive pat on the back .