Winning streak comes to an end...

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Winning streak comes to an end...

Posted by admin on October 23, 2012

Another home game and another great performance from the boys as they fell just short in a remarkable comeback.

At the beginning of game one, it looked like the Spartans were going to run away with this game. Fluent passing and movement forcing the Dronfield goalie into an early save before Jack Bailey opening the scoring - vollying left footed from a cross after a slick move down the left wing. The boys then pressed on, trying to extand the lead while playing really well. However, one goal is never enough... A free kick just outside the box brought the equaliser - a spectacular shot into the top of the net -over all the player and James in goal. But, the Spartans pressed on, until they were undone from a corner on the right that was headed in. Half time 2-1. More of the same in the second half, although the Spartans seemed to start to suffer from fatigue (late night watching boxing?) and some of the work done in recent weeks was forgotten a little bit. Then a shot from the edge of the box after the Spartans defenders and midfielders failed to clear slipped in after a valiant effort from the goalie. The boys never gave up though, Sam ran his legs off (as always) and Jack Bailey had his best game in weeks. But 3-1 it ended - quite a hill to climb...

Game two started badly, Dronfield using their strength and size (some obvious coaching techniques well implemented) and yet another spectacular goal making it 4-1. A couple of the Spartans a bit off colour made the job harder as the boys tried to keep playing as they had in past weeks. Then it got worse, 5-1. Was it all over, possibly. Then came the best move of the season so far. Some very clever one touch passing took the ball from the right touchline, across midfield and to Jack MB who fired in a wicked shot, only to see it rebound off somepart of the goalframe and bounce back into the field of play (goal line technology would have helped as there is discussion as to wether it came back off the inside of the goalframe or the bar). The referee appeared to give it initially, but it was not to be. But, it sparked a Spartans revival. Pav had a mazey run through midfield from his defensive position, dribbled around a couple of defenders and slotted home to make it 5-2 at half time.

The second half was all Spartans, the spark was back. Strong play all round, players looking for the pass and a goal each from Jack MB (put clear on his own he does not miss) and another from Keiren made it 5-4 - could the comeback be completed? Blade was put clear through just over half way, but the defender made a great tackle to clear (for a goal kick?). Time and again the Dronfield defenders got in the way or the goalie made a great save (in fact both goalies deserved their man-of-the-match awards as they we kept busy throughout.) Jack MB fired in a great free kick that was saved by the goalie and again when the goalie tipped over what appeared to be a certain goal. A late corner brought Kian up to add an extra attacker, but the ball broke to the Dronfield players who managed to miss the open net. That though was the final action, with the Spartans falling one goal short.

A great game between two team intent on playing football. If the Spartans carry on in this manner, their reputations can only be enhanced and the good work that Mark (Jose Mourinho - he told me to write that!) and Dan are doing in training is really paying off.

Man of matches : Sam and Pav


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