Old Blacks 6 - 0 Bolton Wyresdale
I want to start off by saying a big thank you to QEGS, and the Old Blacks, for somehow managing to get both the first team and our game on after a week of horrible weather.
Old Blacks were celebrating their 90th anniversary, with some of past players coming down, and a buffet being organised for everyone after the games, so it would have been a shame to have had no football this weekend.
We welcomed Bolton Wyresdale Res, who seem to be having an hard time of it at the bottom of the table, but we still had a job to do because we knew that a win would keep the pressure on Horwich Victoria at the top of the league and it would also make it a full year unbeaten at home in the league.
We started ‘OK’ and had a few early chances to go ahead in the first ten minutes or so, but then we started to get a little frustrated and passes started going either to the opposition or through to their keeper, but we went in front after around 25 minutes after a cross in to the box from Rick McGurty was headed back over the keepers head from around the penalty spot by the Wyresdale centre half for an own goal.
We soon went two up after a shot was fumbled by the keeper allowing Jordan Fielding to sneak in and smash the ball in from close range.
We were now on top and you could sense that here we go again feeling coming from the Wyresdale lad’s body language, and they started to commit silly fouls and also started arguing with each other.
They did have one effort that needed Brad Oliver to pull off a great save, but after that he had little else to do for the rest of the afternoon. He did also have an assist for one goal.
Into the second half, and we soon killed the game off after a great run from Andre, cutting inside the box, then finished with an excellent shot into the top corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance. Minutes later a corner was powerfully headed home by skipper Mark Feeney, to make it 4-0.
Our best goal was scored by Elliot Guinan making it five. He picked up the ball outside the box, then beat two or three defenders, to go through and slot the ball past the advancing keeper.
A second own goal finished off the scoring but we really could and should have had more. A foul just inside the area gave us a penalty, but after the referee delayed it for minute or two, while booking more players, then Rick Mcgurty managed to nearly smash the upstairs window of one the houses high up behind the goals!
The game then became messy with Bolton having a man sent off and ended up having 3 or 4 lads booked, but in the end we kept a clean sheet, scored 6 and got the 3 points.
Note to everyone
Please can we make an effort to get there on time so the rest of the squad don't have to stand round waiting to warm up, and can we all make sure we don't turn up drunk in future. It was like I was looking at a drowned Rat watching Shutty in the second half!!
Brad Oliver - 8 Second clean sheet of the season, made one great save in the first half a spectator in the second half
Lewis Fielding - 7 Nervy first half but did much better after the break, needs a little more carrot and a bit less stick boys!
Paul Amos 8 - Another strong performance, started a little slow but got better as the game went on.
Mark Feeney 8 - Organised the defence well and worked well with Alex at the back. Not tested too much, scored yet again! Pleading to play up front, maybe one day?
Alex Boardman 8 - A good performance and becoming mister versatile able to play in any position, Great energy.
Andre Veneziale 8 - Another quality goal, great set balls in to the box and pushing for player of the season again
Will Ainsworth 7 - Never gives less than 100% and managed to hold on to the ball really well. Keeps on improving every week
Keiron Laskowski 7 - Now starting to see the best of Kie and forming a good partnership with Will, More goals please??
Rick Mcgurty 6 - Don't mention the penalty! Ran his sock off but just one of those days when things didn't come off.
Jordan Fielding 7 - Scored one and could have had a hat-trick, gives everything for the team and never gives up.
Elliot Guinan 7 - Scored a great goal showing composure but needs to work on passing and moving more, if he does this he will score even more goals.
Danny Shutt 5 – A generous 5, a shadow of his usual self, didn't do anything wrong but just looked and played like he was still drunk!
Will Johnson 6 - Came on at half time and fitted in well, seemed to be everywhere and nearly scored a screamer but for a great save from there keeper in the top corner
James Halshaw 6 - Great understanding with Will J and he also brought energy to the team