Crane Sports

Crane Sports

Not many Cranes fans managed the long trip to Wenhaston on Saturday but yours truly did and it was refreshing to see a new management team in place and a warm welcome from the hosting villagers. They have experienced many changes of personnel over the close season and are trying to put together a young side who will play the game properly. As we all know that is no mean feat and the top local division is a tough place to start your management career, so the current custodian has a challenging job on his hand. After a couple of chats during the match with him I think he has what it takes given time.
No time for us to be anything other than focused on the three points available though and we started very well and dominated the game going 3-0 up in twenty minutes courtesy of a fine goal by Teon and two OG’s from hapless Wenhaston defenders who were buckling under the intense pressure we put them under with attack after attack. That’s how it stayed (somehow!!) at the break as the young home keeper made a couple of fine saves and we failed to convert a number of good chances. A worthy mention during the first period was an amazing save by Cranes keeper Jack Foster who somehow manged to stop a point blank ‘open goal opportunity’ as a home attacker blasted the ball towards the open net Fozzy deflected it over the bar. A great stop from Jack who is always available to help us out when Kev Holland is not available and always gives his best with lots of talking and encouragment.
The second half started much the same and within 10 minutes James Blades was brought down in the box and he smashed home the spot kick to make it 4-0. We then gave some game time to other squad members and our play became slightly disjointed, but with the game for all intents and purposes won it was the right thing to do and the players leaving the field showed the right attitude, which sums the togetherness we have in the club. Wenhaston pulled back a consolation goal which they deserved as they never gave up but just before the end Yarpy slid home from a corner to make the final score 5-1 and a comfortable victory for the lads.
We looked good at times, especially in the first half. Teon was on fire and Blades was at his direct best. Incy, Jenno and Coops mastered the midfield and the defence looked solid. We could have had a number of goals in that first 45 but if you are being ultra-critical you could say we were not clinical enough at the optimum time. Sometimes the best option is to hit the target as hard as possible and see what rewards that brings and not try to be too clever. Just my opinion. MOTM. Mark Roper.....Class and leadership and finally a mention to the officials who all had very good games

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Posted: Monday, September 3 2018 by Andy Pearce

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