Last Sunday’s trip to Keighley Shamrocks was always going to be a potential banana skin on what was a heavy compact pitch.
We again shuffled the pack with both Jaiden and Joseph dropping to the bench with Niall starting on the right side of midfield, and James dropping straight back in at left back.
The early part of the game was a bit scrappy to be fair but we always looked dangerous on the wings and despite a couple of missed chances we opened he scoring when Charlie delivered a fine pin point cross for Taylor to finish at the back post for his 22nd goal of the season. Keighley were much improved from the side that lost at St Peters by a big scoreline earlier in the season and they could well have equalised, after we had fallen asleep after pushing for a second midway through the first half.
We settled down from there and Josh was rarely troubled, and we doubled the lead with a close range finish from Captain Oliver, this was followed by maybe the miss of the season when James shot smashed the top of the crossbar from all of three yards out, and then his partner in defence Will almost scored from his own half with a rocket of shot which the keeper held well.
The second half Charlie was replaced by Joseph and Niall switched to the left of midfield, and after an ankle injury early in the half Oliver was replaced by Jaiden. We really used the wings in the second half and both Niall and Joseph put in some really decent crosses and supported Taylor well. Niall was rewarded for his efforts with a great right footed half volley which flew into the roof of the net and following a great one handed save from Fin at the other end, we rounded off the win with Niall getting his second of the game and James completed the scoring with a tidy left foot finish.
MOM went to Niall this week with two good goals and some good wing play. A big well done to him, and all the boys for another three points in the bag, and keeps us within striking distance of top of the table Sutton.
This Sunday we have a friendly away at Menston, at St Mary’s. We then have a run of three games against Bingley away and then Horsforth and the Blues at home which should define our season, with 7 games left to play.