The final game of the season, Guiseley Yellow had the chance to finish 4th and make sure that we have taken points off every team in the league.
After the great mid week win 6-2 the boys seemed up for this last game.
Declan was still on form from his mid week hat trick and after 9 minutes and a great ball from Jamie who, controlled the ball well, protected it with his body and found Declan with the pass, he opened the scoring for Guiseley with a nice right footed strike up and over the keeper.
Kirkstall then reminded us that they were the home team and were just as up for this game as us when they scored 1 minute later to make it 1-1.
Not to worry, Declan restored the lead on 2 minutes later this time with a sweet left footed strike.
There was a big battle in midfield for the ball, Kirkstall were very strong at times at the back, notably being first to the ball and they were excellent going down the right wing, attacking with pace and aggression. Thankfully, the back four of Robert, then Ethan, Matthew, Arjan and Sam were just as strong and full of determination to keep them out, which they did for they rest of the game.
Robert moving into midfield alongside Tom, Fred and Jamie added a bit of muscle and it wasn’t long before Robert won the ball, adjusted his feet well and put a lovely ball into Declan, who, on his left foot, just put the ball wide of the post.
I knew at this stage that if the wide players kept doing that, Fred and Tom kept winning the ball and the defense held strong, we would get more goals and win this game.
On 58 minutes Guiseley won a throw on the left up by the 18 yard box. Fred took a quick one to Tom, who had a shot which the keeper parried out and Declan was on hand to put the ball away to score a second hat trick in two games. I like the fact that despite getting that hat trick, Declan was quick to thank Tom and say “unlucky Tom, great shot though”. That’s a great attitude to have, something that the team have had in abundance lately.
So the game ended 3-1 to Guiseley Yellow, making them finish 4th in the table, above Guiseley Blues who were a 2nd division team last season. This is a massive improvement for this group of players who finished 3rd from bottom and with 16 points last season. I personally think you can move on again next season, if you, the players want to.
I think it’s safe to say we have had a great season, we are now a team who work for each other, we’ve had a good attitude on the pitch with the oppistion, the officials and each other which should be noted. We’ve played teams who’ve had bad attitudes, swearing, fouling and generally bad sportsmanship, but you’ve never got involved. I’m very proud of that, well done.
We’ll still train on a Friday and I’ll be sorting out tournaments which will involve the new players.
Team: Luke, Robert, Matthew, Arjan, Sam, Ethan, Fred, Tom, Jamie, Josh, Jake, Finlay, Declan.
Goals: Declan (3)
Man of the Match: Declan. 21 goals this season, played in every single position on the field, without a word of complaint. I give you more grief than anyone on the pitch, because you are my Son and I feel I have to justify you being there each week, and throughout this season I think you have been brilliant, never given the coaches, players, or anyone any trouble. Your contribution to the team this season has been second to none. Well done.