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13-3-05 Thackley Sports V Commercial -League cup semi final.


Clarke,Dunn.Subs :Wilde,Lumley S.Midgley


After a good result the week before, and starting to play like we did at the start of the season things were positive going into a Semi Final, which currently is the biggest game of the season. The team remained the same with Craig Lumley coming onto the bench after his injury.


As game started it was evident that the Sports team were the better side, dominating possession, and creating chances. The first goal duly arrived after about 10 mins when a ball was crossed by Mick Dunn,after a good move down the left involving Jay Rhodes & Daz Castel, and from a attempted clearance the ball fell to Lewis Dyson who smashed the ball into the net from 12 yards. 1-0



The same continued with commercial have sporadic attacks that were dealt with comfortably by the Sports rear guard, Lee Holton and Martin Maude leading by example and keeper Mark Nurthen not having to pull off a save in the first half. Chances came, wave after wave, and a blistering shot by Lee Holtom flew into the top corner, but unfortunately it was disallowed, for an earlier incident. But like any semi-final, there’s a lot to play for and Commercial dug in and defended resiliently.


The use of the width was helping us greatly, and if we continue to play this way then we will only improve up to the end of the season. Half time came and the score was unbelievably only 1-0.


The second half proved much of the same, with attacks coming, chances from Jason Rhodes, Andy Midgley, Paul Clarke, were all cleared by the commercial, however eventually the patience paid off and Paul Clarke was put through by Mick Dunn, he beat two men to smash the ball into the roof of the net. 2-0


Craig Lumley was sent on for the injured Mick Dunn, and came close when Daniel Wilde headed a beautiful guided ball into his path, but the finish didn’t warrant the good play, as uncharacteristically the ball was sent high and wide.


With time running down, the sports saw out the game to the end, with a result that may cause some other teams to start chirping, it was a job well done, and a comfortable win, against a resolute commercial side.


With a District cup final coming up the following week, we are starting to play the way the gaffer wants to, and the time and the space this gives us shows. Another injury, and a man missing for the next game, things will be different however hopefully the result will be the same.


MOM: Lewis Dyson.





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