- Created: Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:28
- Written by Mick Berardi
The first team had a tough away fixture to keep up their unbeaten run with a long trip to play Hesketh Casuals.
The squad depth was going to be tested with 6 players missing through injury or being unavailable. With this being our 8th away game in a row, and with Heskeths captain promising after our 5-2 home win earlier in the season that they would “batter us with a full team”, this promised to be a massive test for the lads.
With the story of the season being slow starts and poor first halves, the lads were asked to concentrate on starting from the first whistle and they duly obliged creating numerous openings and dominating possession, and even with Captain Mick Cranage having to come off early through injury, the lads continued to be the better team and took the lead after 20 mins when Rob McClure’s corner was flicked on brilliantly by Nick Molyneaux for Nick Mooney to tap in to make it 1-0. Hesketh had a couple of chances on the break but found Kieran Dawe on top form to deny them. The team continued to dominate and a mixture of good goalkeeping and bad luck stopped it being more going into half time.
The lads started the second half where they left off dominating possession and creating chances before Hesketh started their best spell of the game creating chances with Dawe making saves and the defence defending brilliantly led by Martin Sim, but on the stroke of the hour mark Hesketh equalised with a fine volley at the back postafterslack marking by the team. This kicked the team into gear and they dominated again and goals from Arron Phillipson and McClure put the team 3-1 up before the goal of the game when a good spell of possession was rounded off with a superb finish from Phillipson after a superb run and pass by Tom Gavin.
It sealed the game and despite a defensive blip leading to another goal for Hesketh, and another couple of fine saves from Dawe, the lads saw out the game to seal an impressive win and a very controlled performance with all players playing their part.
Onwards now to a tough fixture against Prestwich at home if we remember where our home pitch actually is !!!!