Due to the club notes website being down I was unable to post my notes for the game against Old Newton from two weeks ago. Therefore I thought I’d condense them into this week’s summary. In all honesty Newton can count themselves unlucky not to get anything from the game. They created numerous chances, which thankfully for us they failed to take. Had they done so, the game would’ve been theirs for the taking. After coming in at 0-0 and receiving a half time rollicking we dug in second half and gradually got on top. We won the game 3-0 with two great goals from Cole and a classic poacher’s effort from Kirby. We got away with it against Newton and the positive we must take is that we should be encouraged by the fact that we won when we clearly weren’t at our best. I wish Old Newton well for the remainder of the season, they’re a decent club with good people involved and their work rate and desire on the pitch should give them a great chance of staying up.
Last week we welcomed Kesgrave to the Circle. We were really fired up for the game following our poor performance at their place, just before Christmas, when they turned us over 4-0. In addition to being stuffed 4-0 we were equally fired up by the conduct of a couple of the Kesgrave players in that game who were ‘less than gracious’ with some of their comments during the match. To put this simply, there was no way we were going to allow ourselves to be beaten again Saturday. We made a brave team selection and effectively went with four strikers Saturday and decided to take the game to Kesgrave. We started on the front foot and began to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and created early chances. We took the lead when Rudge dribbled into the box and exchanged a sweet one/two with Kirby before finishing with aplomb. Shortly after Blackman converted a Knock delivery with a measured header back across the keeper. We were really in control at this point and to be fair to Kesgrave they changed formation and starting to enjoy possession of their own with the game swinging from one end to the other. Right on half-time Kesgrave equalised from a corner which after a scramble saw the ball headed into the top of the net. HT 2-1. We refocused the player’s minds at half time and saw them go out and continue to play really good stuff. I think that the second half saw us play one of our best second halves of the season. We didn’t let up and we dictated things and created numerous chances. We made it 3-1 when Knock’s shot came back off the bar to see Kirby react quickest to hammer the rebound in. The game was then put to bed when Knock collected a half clearance to smash home for 4-1 to spark joyous scenes with all the lads joining in (always great to see this togetherness with a team). The game finished 4-1 to us and we accepted the 3 points graciously!...
I was very proud of our performance Saturday. We were very focused and measured with our attitude and aptitude. Kesgrave are a very good side and before Saturday had only conceded 12 goals all season in the league, so to score 4 against them was quite an achievement. Rudge got man of the match, but it was a tough choice, with Shane and I conceding that any of the lads could have been given that accolade. Everyone played well and if we show that level of desire and commitment each game we will give ourselves a great chance of doing very well this season.
This Saturday sees us take a break from league action as we welcome current Senior Champions, Cranes, to the Circle. We are really looking forward to welcoming them to our humble abode and hope that between us we can put on a decent show for the anticipated large crowd. It’ll give our players a chance to pit themselves against a very good senior side in a game that carries no pressure for us; basically, we can relax and enjoy the occasion! Obviously we want to win and we will give it our very best shot and hope that this will be enough to make the semi final draw.
Finally, on behalf of the club I would like to offer congratulations to Tony Adams for winning Groundsman of the Year. Tony works tirelessly on the pitches and grounds at the Circle, week in week out, and is the epitome of a clubman. Not only is he groundsman, but he is also Treasurer for the whole club and spends all of Saturday running the café and assisting where ever required with the numerous kids and men’s teams on match day. For a man of 72yrs, his energy and passion for the club is truly remarkable. I spent time with Tony pre-season helping with the seeding and feeding and cutting of the pitches and grounds and I couldn’t keep up with him! He really loves what he does and takes tremendous pride in his work. I also know that he will be delighted with winning this award,… he’s mentioned to me on numerous occasions how happy he’d be to win Groundsman of the Year!... We are grateful for his enormous effort and we are all genuinely chuffed to bits for him.
Posted: Wednesday, February 15 2017 by Richard Kennedy
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