Convincing away victory
A goal in each half gave the Stallions the win their performance deserved
The Stallions made their way to Wakefield full of apprehension to play Alverthorpe Juniors, a team they had never heard of, let along played, before but who last week were the better side against Collingham who came out 4-3 victors.
With the exception of Dylan P, Coaches Dave and Mark had almost a full squad at their disposal for this mid-day fixture on a pitch that did not look as well tendered as the home team who arrived a good hour before kick-off to warm up, for this fixture that they clearly thought they could win.
Dave fielded Maxi Boy in goal with Cam, Basil, Leo and Dan across the back, with Jed, Kiernan and Sam in the middle, Alfie and Will on the wings with Jack on his own up front. Jay, Ed and Dylan S were on the bench although the players were inter changed throughout the game.
Averthorpe were a strong and disciplined team with some very good players, extremely bright keepers and a lad that could throw a ball almost the full length of the pitch. For 20 minutes the game was very evenly fought, although no team had a clear chance on goal. Averthorpe were strong with their set pieces aided by their long throw ins and corners that were reminiscent of teams of old with that saw their big player move in from the edge of the box as the ball swung over, making it difficult for the Stallions to man mark and defend.
As Dave bellowed from the touch line, bit his nails down to their wick and then started on Mark’s the Stallions soon began to exert themselves and the first clear chance came after 25 minutes when Ed had a strike cleared off the line by the defender’s knee for a corner. From the right-hand side Jed sent his corner into the 6-yard area to see it headed into the top of the net from Sam. O-1!
For the remaining period of the half the Stallions were the better side but only a scuffed shot by Will, with ten minutes remaining was the only real opportunity they had to provide daylight between them and the opposition before the first half ended.
The second half resumed as the first started with both teams eagerly contesting every ball in all positions of the pitch. Kiernan was having his own private battle in midfield against their best player and invariably coming out best. Jay and Basil were strong as the back, Jed was tenacious in mid field and Will was fearless up front as he battled for every ball. Ed made some great runs and Dylan S played his usual game at full throttle.
It was, however that man Leo who sealed the day and a great performance with a free kick from inside his own half that eluded both the Stallions forwards and their keeper beyond to bounce high into the net. 0-2
The only down side for the team was the re-occurrence of a thigh strain injury for Alfie who must now follow doctor’s orders to ensure he returns an even better player – get well soon Alfie.
Another great Sunday saw the away team and their fans leave full of cheer for piles of Yorkshire pudding.