Neil Oldfield (GK) 8, Mark Hurst aka Irish lad (RB) 8, Gary Bourne (CB) 8, Peter Devlin (CB) 9, Sean Brannigan (LB) 7, Christian Taleb (LM) 5, Darren Hoare (CM), Rob Cavendish aka HD (CM) 8, Chris Lawless (CM) 7, Kev Lea aka Franster (RM) 7, Danny Pimbley (CF) 9 subs Paddy McKweon (LM) 7, Mike McMIllan aka Karlo (CM) 6
Second game of 2011 and second win, playing them horrible rats again was never going to be a nice experience and so it proved to be (well at least for me)
With every game crucial now we know a good start is paramount and thats exactly what we did, with the wind strong it was more important than ever to keep the ball down and try and play. Some nice football from the whole team seemed to keep Quarrybank pressed back in their own half for the first ten minutes and the first goal quite rightly fell to us. Ironically it was lofted ball into the box and the Quarrybank defence stopped and shouted for offside as the ball fell from the sky Danny continued and tried to hit it first time (I think he thought he was off too) Danny did a great dummy air shot and as Quarrybank still shouted for offside Danny controlled the ball and finished neatly past the Quarrybank keeper. With confidence high we continued to press and this time another high ball bounced over the Quarrybank centre half and Danny pounced on it, the Quarrybank keeper came out and Danny was able to take the ball around him and from a tight angle near the left hand side of the box finished well into the empty net. At 2 - 0 this looked like a walk in the park and a possible rout on the cards, however that wasnt the case we seemed to sit back and drop the level we had been playing at. Quarrybank pressure grew and they had a couple of half chances as we sat deeper and deeper with our passing going off the boil.Tal ran out of 50ps in the meter in his head and right on half time confusion down the left allowed Quarrybank to whip in a cross and a good header by the Quarrybank forward nestled into the bottom corner just out of reach of Neil as he seemed to nearly reach it.
half time 2 -1
Second half Tal was taken off and Paddy was put on the left, we seemed to start the second half like we finished the first but after around 5 minutes the confidence started to come back and some nice link up play between HD, Chris Pad and Fran pushed forward and Danny had a couple of half chances. The next goal was always going to be crucial and a throw down the left from Peter enable HD to do great and flick a ball down the line, as it looked like it was going to go out Danny picked it up and ran inside beating a couple of Quarrybank players and from another tight angle smashed it low past the keeper bouncing off the far post and back along the goal ine before hitting the other post and going in.(Iwish i could score a goal like that! But hang on and keep reading my friends)
Quarrybank appeared crest fallen by this goal and the Couer confidence was creeping up, Pad down the left and Franster played some nice balls to Danny and with HD winning everything in the air and Chris supporting Danny Quarrybank were pinned back more and more and when they did get through the defence did well to hold them off. On one occasion a great shot by Quarrybank from outside the box was saved brilliantly by Neil, proving to everyone why he doesnt need to come off his line.
As the game went on their was only going to be one winner as we all started to battle for one another again and encourage. This just seemed to rile Quarrybank more and they become more abusive and the fouls more outrageous . In particular to me as my weight seemed to be of some concern to the number 8, im sure he was just worried about me getting diabetes or something he was just trying to encourage me to lose weight by calling me a fat c**t repeatedly.
But then came the goal of the game (in my head anyway) a ball into the box was as normal excellently flicked on by HD, I ran in on the keeper and im sure he was more worried about 19 stone clattering him rather than catching the ball and he somehow caught the ball but hit it against the crossbar and it fell towards me from a good half a yard out. With all the work still to be done I managed to head it (even though Gary wont have that) past the stranded cat.
With the number 8's words still ringing in my ears I broke my rule of not arguing with them and told him what I thought ( it was a sweet moment)
With 15 minutes to go Karlo come on for Franster and come into the middle with Chris pushing out right. We contained the game well from then on and battled for onr another Danny had a great chance to make it five but the Quarrybank keeper did well to get door and take it from Dannys feet as he tried to go round him.
A solid performance by the defence, Gary and Peter solid in the centre and with some good play from the full backs it was nice to see the fat Irish lad back to his best with Sean battling hard also. Danny on 33 for the season, unreal and well on target for the record and winning all the trophies at the end of the season.
A great win in a game I wasnt looking forward to as they arent a bad team and also like a team of Dioufs. 7 league games to go and Im so proud of everyones contributions from small parts to the large parts (and I dont mean Neil when I say large part) Keep going boys lets keep fighting for one another.