The first match of the season arrived against our mates from the Guiseley Whites. This was a game the boys had been looking forward to with a mixture of excitement and trepidation after our move into the Craven A division.
There were some noticeable nerves for a few of our players and the long wait for the game to start did us no favours, we were however in familiar surroundings away back at Shaw Lane (after a bit of a mess up with the opening weekend pitch allocation).
The game started at a fair old pace and our strongest line-up in the opening quarter proved a very good test to the Whites. We were unlucky not to get a couple of goals up early doors with our desire and pace testing the whites defence. Thomas was excellent between the sticks and the whites took their chance well to go ahead.
After rotation of the team in the second quarter, the Whites surged ahead and were just too good for our boys – though they continued to battle away gamely. The third quarter arrived with the starting line-up back in place and once again we more than held our own. Niall almost snapped the post and we forced several more good saves – it really wasn’t our day.
The final quarter was a tough period for us (the coaches fault) and the Whites ran the show scoring some great goals, showing us the type of football we ourselves want to play as this season moves forward. With a team full of academy players they are a joy to watch at times (even when you are coaching in opposition on the touchline) and their combined strength in depth (their ‘substitute for the day’ bagged a hatrick) will see them win the vast majority of games they play this season. Jack M was the standout, a player with outstanding control, vision and finishing.
As for the Yellows, though several of our players were below par, I was proud of the effort the boys put in. Take away the glut of goals of the type we don’t usually concede and great goalkeeping (and woodwork/plastic) the score would have been a fairer reflection of the game as a whole. Niall, Joe D and Oliver played very well today, and the rest battled hard without hitting their usual heights.
This was the test we were looking for this season and it will have done us good in the medium term.
Onwards and upwards, with some pretty specific coaching in the coming weeks.
BTW. The referee had a shocker – Joke, it was a joke mate. :o)
Yellows Man Of the Match
A joint man of the match between Niall H and Joe D.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week ending Sunday 8th September 2013
Player of the Week – Joe D
Good training performance and great tenacity in his first full leagure game for the Yellows. After playing only 10 minute games in summer tournaments, Joe coped very well with the much higher fitness requirements of a 40 minute match. Though we didn’t get to see much of his finishing prowess he contributed a great deal to the match today.
Well done Joe.