Match Report – 17.1 – 12/07/2020

Match Report – 17.1 – Game Date: 12/07/2020

BMFC 17.1: 2
Penrith Rovers FC: 1

BMFC Goal Scorers: Ash, Liam

Player of the Match: Players Player – Knobsy

Match Report: First game this season between two teams that have been very evenly matched every year starting at the under 14’s – each game is a huge battle and we expected exactly the same again today.

Both teams had a number of personnel changes from last year & were looking strong

The boys arrived ahead of Coach Mark – Knobsy kindly pointing out I was 6 minutes late…and where was Coach Andy? There he is…with my coffee. Good man

A big crowd was present – well, appropriate 1 per player by the pitch plus many more staying in their cars & still getting a good view of the game courtesy of Parker Street’s ideal car park to pitch position

Andy joined me in the technical area in his Managers jacket and the game was underway. The opening 15 minutes were a battle for supremacy with no clear chances I can recall

Around the 20 minute mark, the opening goal came. Ethan challenged the keeper in the air by the penalty spot and cleanly won the header. The ball fell to Ash to volley home into an empty net

A few minutes later and we went 2 up.

Harry B got the better of his opposite number in the centre of midfield and surged towards the top of the box – in the next challenge the ball broke to Liam in the box and he knocked the ball past the keeper

Late in the half Liam curled free kick from the left hand side of the box that the keeper did really well to tip onto the crossbar

At half time the focus of the chat was on game management. 2-0 is, as we all know, a dangerous lead

Early in the second half Andy was asked to leave the technical area by a ground official for not being the ‘official’ Manager

After being the more dominant side in the first half, the second was more even. No goals were scored until mid way through the half – Rovers pulling one back from the edge of the box, a shot curling beyond the outstretched Eli for once

Rovers started to push us back and had a number of corners and free kicks around the box. Our boys held firm time and again clearing the ball away.

Some sort of brew ha ha seemed to break out near the half way line on the spectators side. Who would be in the centre of this hubbub? Andy claimed his innocence post match – we all believed him

With ten to go the Rovers goalscorer bore down on our goal and Eli raced off his line and timed his dive at the players feet perfectly to smother the danger

We saw the game out and then belted out the club song – better than last week volume wise but the timing still needs improvement

A good win but as a 6 team comp these two sides should meet twice more this season so more battles to come

Players player Knobsy for doing an excellent job at the back marking the two wingers who swapped sides regularly