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Milford V Thackley Sports

26-9-04 - Milford V Thackley Sports.
Team : S.Midgley,Holtom,Robinson,Nurthen,Maude,Wilde,Dyson,A.Midgley,Chell,Lumley,
Without talisman Paul Clarke, this was always going to be the strongest test yet,against a
Milford side who narrowly missed out on promotion last season.
Craig Lumley returned from injury to partner Mick Dunn up front.After an even 10mins
Milford gained a free kick on the right hand side,some stagnant defending enabled Milford to head home from the crossed free kick.Within 5 mins more Milford again crossed the ball in from a corner and got a free header to score a second.After a well deserved kick up the backside Thackley decided to start playing and consequently dominated the game from that point on.A Lewis Dyson through ball enabled Mick Dunn to run on and lob the keeper.2-1.
Thackley pressed and another strike from Lewis Dyson levelled the game. A 2-2 half time score would have been ok, but again we switched off and allowed Milford to cut the ball back from the by line to score a third. H/T 3-2.
Still dominating play it was only going to be a matter of time before Thackley scored again, and only some stout defending by Milford enabled the score to remain the same. When Thackley did score it was ajudged to be a foul on the goalie, and was disallowed, however the time did arrive and Daniel Wilde found the net to level the game 3-3. Milford ventured into the Thackley half only a handful of times, but still looked like they could score, another free header from a Milford striker just went wide.
The final whistle went and a draw was not the result that we were looking for, our inability to defend set pieces cost us a game which we should have won comfortably, however the plus comes from the fact that we still remain unbeaten, the Thackley age old problem of only starting to play after we are goals down continued, hopefully the hoodoo has ended.
Man of the Match: Craig Lumley - Ran his socks off.

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