This was always going to be a tough game. Mostonians were in 2nd place and beat us at their place 5-3 earlier in the season. I was away for that game so I didn't really know what to expect. From what the lads told me about the 1st game, I reckoned it was going to be the team that defended best that would take the points. Also looking at the size of some of the opposition it was obvious they would cause us problems from set pieces
We started the game strongly for a change and took the game to Mostonians from the kick off. There was a good tempo from everyone, and I felt relaxed for a change.
The first real chance came went Matt Dewhurst collected the ball in midfield and placed a perfect ball through for Sam Dixon to run on to on the right hand side of the box. Sam took a touch then struck the ball sweetly. I was halfway through my goal celebration but then realised the keeper somehow deflected the ball onto the underside of the bar. A great save, but only minutes later a similar move down the right provided us with our first goal. Elliot Guinan this time played Sam through and he made no mistake this time drilling the ball past the oncoming keeper.
Within a few minutes we went two up after a perfect cross from a free kick by Andre found the big tug Feeneys head for him to give the keeper no chance but for the last five minutes of the half we were in control. We managed to safely get to half time 2-0 up.
We continued the same in the second half but I could see that old Mostonians were gradually coming back into the game.
Even so we had the better chances and really should have killed the game off before we conceded.
Alex Boardman had a one on one with the keeper but again a very good save denied him. Then Alex hit a volley over the bar from just over 6 yards out.
We conceded with around 25 minutes left but the warning signs were already there after we started giving away a few silly free kicks and corners. We again gave away a free kick just outside the area that was floated in just past the penalty spot and headed in giving Brad Oliver no chance, I found out after the game it was Shutty who headed in for an own goal!
After their goal I felt we defended well and caused all sorts of problems on the break. It was a good game to watch and in the end I felt we fully deserved the 3 points against a decent Mostonians team.
James Hallshaw 6 - a good tidy performance and never shirks a tackle, needs to work on his positional play
- Written by Dave Fielding