Josh Jay Chris Roy
John Meds Ol Nick
Bad weather meant that the seconds were the only one of the four Coeur clubs to play on Saturday facing the same Roby team they drew 2-2 with the week before, the match being hosted up at the muddy Jericho Lane pitches.
Another entertaining and pulsating performance saw the whites play out a 2-2 score line with déjà vu in the fact that that Liam Roy slotted another cool penalty and the other goal for Coeur came from outside the box this time from Phil Steele’s unheralded left peg.
Coeur were missing Kenni who was on a jaunt to London for his annual visit to the X Factor to support local talent this time in the form of Chris ‘Me Nan’ Maloney and thus had to shuffle the pack to ensure the defence was covered with vice skipper Chukwudi partnering Steele upfront.
The game started were the last one left off with tasty challenges from both sides including last week’s agitator for Roby, number 7 aka Speedy being knocked to the floor by their number 8 brute after some quick feet by Meds who for the whole game played just like Ste Hughes. The number 8 suffered a cut to his head from the incident and also saved Steele the job of crippling Speedy after their heated tete a tete the week before.
More ‘in your face’ tactics by Meds including mischievously whipping up the number 8 outside the refs vision saw him withdraw at half time claiming he was injured. Meds showing he is not a man to be messed with.
Highlights of the first half such as John Hughes’ dribbles in an around the box and through balls by Nick couldn’t be built on after bad finishing from Meds and Chuk who due to the muddy surface spent a lot of time on his knees.
At the other end the inability by the back line to put their foot through the ball and clear correctly saw a Roby player pounce on a misplaced clearance and toe poke into the back on the net. 1-0.
Aggrieved by this, skipper for the day Chuk took it upon himself to rectify the situation launching a trademark run from the middle of the park into the box before being brutally felled with the ref having no option but to award a penalty.
Up stepped man of the moment Liam Roy this time putting the ball to the keepers left with real venom building on his new role of penalty taker and Couer’s version of Arteta.
Prior to this Pete Morgan found himself in the referee’s book even though he was on the bench at the time after commenting on why the referee wasn’t using his whistle. After the game and in an attempt to avoid a club fine Morgan claimed another spectator had been hurling expletives at the man in black yet video replays cannot verify this.
Half time saw Clarky and Morgan enter the fray and Coeur pushed on for a 2nd goal. Meds curled a beautiful shot from the edge of the box which struck the post, Steele rushed in and could only guide his effort at the same spot on the post when he had a gaping net in front of him.
Still Coeur battled on, Ollie Rogers winning countless tackles and shielding the ball against wave after wave of Roby bodies intent on reclaiming the ball. Ollie also partook in his weekly rant at an opposition player.
The breakthrough for Coeur came after John Hughes played a through ball in the path of the Roby number 5 who miss controlled the ball into the path of Steele who made no mistake this time drilling the ball with his left under the onrushing keeper to the bottom corner of the goal.
Hughes then celebrated mimicking his current hero Michu who is in his top 5 at the moment alongside Megan Fox, Little Mix, Tulisa and Jordan Henderson.
Victory was snatched away though after a defender for Coeur failed to deal with a cross and the Roby striker scored past the helpless Macca in goal.
Coeur pressed on with Steele guilty of missing a chance set up again by Hughes and the introduction of Sinclair came too late on.
Coeur now have made it only 4 wins from 13 and find themselves 5th in the table having played the most games. In the past seasons clubs have had to win at least 14 games to win the championship and so the team need to start turning draws to wins.
Defenders need to cut out silly mistakes which are occurring each week, midfielders need to stop retaining procession for too long and get the ball to their strikers who need to stop wasting shots wide or direct at the keeper. Overall the team need to defend far better at corners and also get the head on the ball at the other end.
On the positive front though Sinclair should be returning soon and with Rogers and Chuk coming into form the team could still make a late charge especially in the cup as they enter straight into the quarter final. Ideally Cahill will become available for more games too.
It is testament to the lads also that there are players asking to sign for the team highlighting the strong team spirit that exists.