surprising after winning so convincingly, but in truth, the opposition were disappointing which is a shame to me as I introduced an under-18 side at Irchy when I
was first team manager at Alfred Street in the early 2000s.
when you become too comfortable on the pitch, complacency creeps in and you start
doing silly things – taking too many touches, dribbling instead of passing and taking
the wrong options.
were positives though.
Russell (pictured) finally shook off his ankle injury to start the game. He has only
managed a handful of games for us this season due to injury and the latest one –
suffered during a game for Northampton Town`s Education (FEP) team, came at
just the wrong time for him as he had just scored his first goal for the first
netted a first half hat-trick – and also missed a penalty which was comfortably
saved by the visiting goalkeeper who was excellent all night to be fair.
Russell quickly made it 4-0 with another neat finish after some good work by
the evening`s man of the match, Max Wynne, who worked tirelessly down the
penalty, this time converted by Henry Langley, made it a nap hand as our midfield
of Langley, Zac Arnold and the ever-improving Adam Huber, were totally dominant
and the back four, although taking a risk now and again, were untroubled as was
keeper Alfie Whitchurch, who was basically a spectator.
was until we got sloppy and a poor pass across the back line allowed the
visitors to pull one back – and as an old defender, that really annoyed me!!
positive was the debut of young striker Alfie Bowdler, who, like my other
signing from AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Dan Bates, looks like he is going to be
a big asset to us in the coming seasons.
fine run and cross set up Oli Anderson to make it 6-1.
be honest, the scoreline could have been anything and we face table-topping
title favourites Diamonds at Hayden Road next Thursday when we will need to be
much better against a team full of 18-year-olds.
mood wasn`t helped by the bizarre situation before the game started when the referee
wasn`t happy about a wet muddy patch in the centre circle about a yard square!!
seriously wanted to call the game off due to it, until being told in no uncertain
fashion that he was being `picky` to say the least – well, that`s the phrase
I`ll use anyway!
Whitchurch; Oli Anderson, Vikram Mazumdar, Brady Stratford, Nat Allam, Zac
Arnold, Max Wynne, Adam Huber, Will Russell, Henry Langley, Joe Hibson. Subs
all used: Mason Jackson, Alfie Bowdler, George Coleman, Dan Bates.