A month with the Under 19s
After a couple of weeks off, the U19’s returned to action with a home game against Worksop Town. After a shaky start, & having gone 1-0 down, the team rallied to rack up an impressive 7-1 victory. Though the performance was a little Jekyll & Hyde, the result built on the previous 8-0 win at Chesterfield & consolidated 2nd place in the league.
Our next engagement saw us take on 3rd placed Swallownest at St Georges. The team, minus some of its most influential players, put on a fabulous performance & recorded a second consecutive 4-1 win over this opposition inside a month with goals from Mushet (2) & Marsden (2). This game saw our sub keeper Levi make an appearance on the left wing after injuries/cramp saw us having to use the full breadth of the squad. He will be disappointed that his one chance of glory went begging as his stinging left foot drive cleared the bar & nearly the college behind!!!
Our final game saw us entertain Espial in a re-arranged cup game played in torrential rain which made a mockery of the waterproof claims on the jackets myself & Clucky were wearing!!. The game was originally scheduled as an away tie but to everybody’s relief, we were spared our 4th trip of the season to them as they arranged to play at St Georges. Despite being without key players & the squad being stretched to the limit, the boys dominated the 1st half but with 40 minutes gone, we were reduced to 10 men when Brown was controversially dismissed. This forced a tactical re-shuffle but far from being under pressure, it was ourselves who looked the most likely to end the stalemate. However, at 90 minutes the score was 0-0 and with the prospect of the electric running out on the floodlights, it was straight to penalties. The standard of penalties from both teams was exceptional & despite some good natured grunting from our keeper Levi, the penalties flew in from both sides (and both keepers!!). James Hastings converted his 2nd penalty to make it 11-10 & with 3 minutes left before the lights went out at 10am, it was left to Hero Levi to plunge to his right & with an almighty grunt, keep the ball out to ensure our passage to the next round & a tie with Worksop Town.
So there we are. We are still 2nd in the table behind Sheffield United & into the cup ¼ finals. Can we catch them? Probably not but we have set the boys a target of finishing above the rest, a target that is realistic & achievable.
The invitation is always there. Come down to St Georges Park & watch the future of OUR club in action. There are usually plenty of goals to see. Our next game is Sheffield United at Stocksbridge PS on the 29th March.
Marchy & Clucky