Well this is another job passed on to me by Mr. Upton Jnr! Big boots to fill eh Paul?

We travelled over to Horwich arriving early to try and get in to the away changing rooms before a certain Mr.Taylor turned up starting his mind games, but apparently after the near riot he was involved in the week before he had been left out of Horwich’s squad altogether! Happy-days.

We welcomed back long term injured players Alex Boardman and Brad Langhorn for their first game of the season.

We started with a 4-5-1 formation opting to be cautious from the kick off. This was the wrong line up to start with and the blame falls directly with me. We were all over the place in the first half an hour and found ourselves 2-0 down after a couple of silly errors, especially for their second goal.

There was only one thing to do and that was to go 4-4-2 subbing Kieran Laskowski from a holding midfield position and throwing on Brad Langhorn straight up front. From that moment on we looked a more balanced side and immediately started to threaten the Horwich goal.

A blatant penalty was turned down after Brad was hacked down in the box and then to add insult to injury he ended up being booked for diving!! I wondered if it was gonna be one of them days.

The ref soon shouted that we were into the final two minutes of injury time so my thoughts started to shift to the half time rollocking that I was about to dish out to everyone. Thankfully the lads kept pushing and in the fourth, yes fourth minute of injury time Andrew Charnley thundered in an header from a cross. To be honest I can’t remember if it was from a corner or not? We were back in it at 2-1 and I felt confident we could go on and get something out of the game.

The riot act was still read out at half time and I could see from everyone’s reaction that there was a belief that we could go on and win this game.

We came out on the front foot and attacked like we were a different team and soon pulled level. The ball was delivered neatly into Brad Langhorns feet, just inside the edge of the area, he spun quickly and got off a sharp shot towards the corner of the net. The keeper should have perhaps done a little better but he could only get one hand to the shot before it ended up in the net. Now at 2-2 you could only see one team going on to win and that was us, we pushed forward and caused Horwich all sorts of problems with our pace especially on the wings.

We eventually got the winner after a neat ball was threaded through for Elliot Guinan to outpace 3 defenders from the halfway line, take the ball into the penalty box and then drill the ball into the left hand corner of the net.

We had more chances to score including Brad hitting the inside of the post but in the end we were all happy to take the three points.

In the end there were some encouraging performances, both Alex Boardman and Matt Dewhurst came on towards the end and proved how much strength in depth we now have in our squad. Both players were happy to come on and attack at every opportunity and one run from Alex nearly ended up with what would have been a brilliant goal! Run forest run!!

Daniel shut filled in at right back and while maybe he didn’t have a great first half (who did?) he more than made up for it with a quality second half display by cutting out anything Horwich could throw at him.

With two home games to come we need to keep improving and look to get a full 90 minutes of decent football and you never know? With a little more improvement we could be nearer the top of the table not the bottom come the end of the season??

Well Done ADHDFC and FTB

Dave Fielding (Fuming Manager)