Cockfield United

Cockfield United

An action-packed weekend saw all 3 of our sides in action this weekend with a total of 20 goals across the games on a goal laden weekend!

The 1sts returned to league action for the first time this season making the trip to Tacket Street BBOB not knowing what to expect but knew from the outset we were going to have to break down a Tacket side who were considerably bigger than us. The first 10 minutes began well as we threatened to break through on a few occasions. However, Tacket slowly grew into the game as we became uncharacteristically sloppy and nervous all over the pitch turning the game into an even, turgid affair. We had chances with Spivey having an effort saved when well-placed and heading over from a couple of yards from a Banks corner whilst Williams couldn’t find the target with a header after a good cross from Bowyer. Tacket went close from a corner which was touched wide and on the stroke of half time produced their best move of the game breaking from the back and opening us up down the right playing in a dangerous cross and only the excellent concentration and determination of Francis stopped Tacket, getting a last second block in, to smother it behind for a corner. We were indebted to that excellent defending in a game which until that point had plenty of commitment, endeavour and bluster from both teams but had lacked a bit of quality.
At half time, we felt that if we could get our passing game going, stop going long unnecessarily and ally that with better movement we would regain the control we had in the early stages and chances would come more regularly.

From the restart we had the bit between our teeth as our passes were now finding feet forcing Tacket to become stretched. Tacket though had the opening chance of the half as their striker got in behind but lacked the composure to get the ball on target. This was punished when a good move found Downey on the left and his pinpoint pass found Spivey who had the composure to allow the ball across his body to commit the defender and stroke home unerringly for 1-0. The goal did us a world of good and from here on in it was one-way traffic, Fishers introduction at half time in particular helped us to cause problems. It became 2-0 when Brinkley picked up a loose ball and his long, accurate kick was fortunately controlled by Spivey as he broke beyond the defence and raced clear to stroke home his second. Our third came from an excellent move culminating in Downey’s through ball which was pounced upon by Spivey as he beat the keeper to the ball and slid home for his hattrick. This knocked the stuffing out of Tacket completely and we were ruthless in our execution, continually creating chances to extend our lead. Another was added when Cox crossed for Downey who very unselfishly laid the ball off despite only being 6 yards out for Spivey to roll home his and our fourth of the afternoon. We added a fifth from another fine team move when we broke quickly and moving the ball across the pitch Spivey became provider when his through ball was finished well by Williams. Final score 5-0.

After a tepid first half that had all the hallmarks of two teams not wanting to make mistakes and playing with the nervousness of an opening day fixture, we upped our game considerably in the second half, passing and moving superbly. Defensively we gave away very little with Brinkley not forced into a serious save as Tacket never really managed any sustained pressure and up front we looked dangerous, especially in the second half when we came alive. Individually I thought Francis was excellent at full back particularly when keeping us at parity with that excellent block. Bullett was solid at full back and added creativity when moved to midfield in a good all-round display and Cox and Fisher showed the value of a strong squad as both players improved us when they came on. MOM went to Spivey for 4 well taken goals and an assist. After a quiet first half, he came more into the game as Tacket tired and spaces opened up and he was involved in every goal – well done mate!

The reserves started their home campaign with a visit from Achilles Reserves, many peoples favourites for the league, such is the quality of players they have at their disposal. Fortunately for us we named a strong squad of 15.

Much like last week we started well, getting plenty of touches and playing some nice football. Achilles themselves enjoyed nice spells of possession, their central midfielder in particular was making them tick getting on the ball at every opportunity. The first 20 minutes were an even affair but then came a strange 10 minutes where 4 goals were scored. After a string of corners Achilles finally broke the deadlock after Harrod had made an excellent save a moment prior. An in-swinger was placed in that precarious position between keeper and 6-yard box and was met by an Achilles head and steered through the bodies for 1-0. Five minutes later, we won a corner of our own expertly delivered in by Cole to the front post where Glasswell met it, bundling home to equalise. The next 2 minutes saw 2 further goals which left us with a lot to do. Achilles second was a goal out of nothing; their left back received the ball way out on the touchline and with our midfielders allowing him time and space to choose his option he hit a fairly tame effort towards goal which fooled Harrod and crept into the far corner. Still shell-shocked from the goal we allowed Achilles’ diminutive midfielder to thread a ball to his striker but with him seemingly offside and our defence static, expecting the whistle to blow, the striker left the ball for a deeper, untracked runner to get in with a free run at goal to round Harrod and slot home.

At half time we took the full 15 mins to assess what went wrong in the first half and the general consensus was that we had been the better side but two lapses in concentration gave us a mountain to climb.

Shortly after the restart, we reduced the deficit after a poor clearance from the Achilles goalkeeper fell straight at the feet of Glasswell who set himself before placing the ball into the far corner as the keeper scrambled to get back. The final half an hour would be spent with us desperately searching for the equaliser. Achilles were forced into clearing their lines at every opportunity as we knocked on the door. We kept threatening, with Graham and D. Allen in central midfield excelling at winning the ball back and driving us up the pitch. Unfortunately though we couldn’t find that equaliser as Achilles held on for the win.

A really hard defeat to take given how well we played but really encouraging given the calibre of opposition. On another day we may well have gotten something from the game. Much like last week every player had a great game with Harrod in goal making some sublime saves which kept us in it, Gresham working tirelessly up top and working the entire back four all on his own. Glasswell was well worth his two goals and put in another stellar performance in the ten but man of the match this week was Tom Graham, who was our vital cog in midfield winning almost everything in the air and on the floor.

On Sunday the Vets returned to action after the excellent success of winning their division in their inaugural season. Such was their exploits that they were rewarded by being moved up two divisions!! Expecting a real challenge and step up this season the Vets made light of this with a fantastic 8-2 opening day win against Witnesham Wasps Vets away from home. Goalscorers on the day were Sammy Chaplin with four (our second individual four goal haul in two days), Chris Stewart with 2, Stuart Cox and Brad Parker on full Vets debut. MOM unsurprisingly was Sammy Chaplin for his goalscoring exploits.

This weekend it is just the Saturday sides in action and both teams have tough assignments. The Firsts make almost the exact same trip as this week as they travel to the

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4 2019 by Tom O'Leary

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