Sticky underfoot, clear overhead and some fine football in between.
Guiseley Greens were our hosts, on a pitch very similar to our own, on a fine Remembrance Sunday morning.
Both teams seemed fairly tense in pre-match (maybe not as tense as the supporters/coaches) and some of my boys especially seemed subdued, even nervous which I haven’t seen before this season.
Once the game got under way, those nerves dissipated and the Yellows started in tremendous style sticking to the game plan, keeping their shape and bossing the game.
Goals from Niall and Oliver gave us a deserved lead, though the Greens, to their credit, hung in there with some excellent early defending. Charlie was very strong in the middle during the first half, Niall covered every blade with his searching runs and speed tracking back. Ollie was a rock at the back.
Our first substitutions changed the face of the game (sack the coach) and the Greens came roaring back, as we lost a bit of our shape and discipline, with two really good strikes from Louie and Callum. All square at half time.
The second half was the epitome of end to end with the Greens shading it possession-wise. Chances were harder to come by and the only goal came gift-wrapped from an error from the Yellows. Matthew, the Green’s keeper, made a save out of the top drawer, Nigel Martyn’s top drawer at that, with 5 mins remaining as we pushed hard. Other than that, our defending was very good and we didn’t allow too many clear cut chances.
We pushed hard right until the final whistle and were unfortunate in the end.
The guys need to keep their heads up and be proud of the performance against what we knew would be our toughest opposition. We performed well as a team and we will be better for it.
Well played Greens and Yellows.
Man Of the Match – Niall H
Well played Niall. Very unlucky not to bring the point(s) home today.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week ending Sunday 11th November
Player of the Week – Charlie D
Excellent training performance over two weeks and a fantastic first half against the Greens gives Charlie the honours this time around. Well done Charlie.