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Back to winning ways at Worksop

Posted by admin on October 30, 2012

The Spartans took the trip down the motorway to Worksop Town to visit the top of the table side who had won all seven of their previous games. 

The weather was milder than the previous two days (with snow on Friday night), but the pitch itself looked in a pretty bad way for this early in the season - no paint on the lines and some huge (dangerous?) holes in one goal area and a massive lower tier with no grass in the other! 

Could the boys do what no other had done and beat Worksop? And the Spartans without José?

It was clear from the first kick-off that the Spartans were up for this. Tring to be first to loose balls and really trying to unlock the Worksop defence with some great passing. The early pressure was all Spartans, but as in previous weeks, not enough shots on target. Worksop clearly are a team that is set up to score on the breakaway. They absorb pressure and suck the opposition in. And so it was that they did exactly that. Anothe Spartans attack was broken down and Worksop broke down the left, passed through our defence who were out of position and closed in on goal. The shot came in, bobbled on the multi-tier goal area and, despite James getting hands on it, went over and rolled into the goal. 1-0.

However, this Spartans team don't give up, and were quickly level. More pressure and eventually Sam got a shot passed the defenders into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1. Some very slick passing moves down both wings (one from Josh to Rmarye to Logan was very nice) showed how far this team has come in a very short space of time. Then the Spartans achilles heel struck again. A lack of goals means that they are always in danger. A free kick ouside the area, no Spartans wall (something we need to work on) - then a really good shot across the goal into the far top corner! 2-1 

The second half was all the same, presure and passing from the Spartans and breakaways from Worksop. Loads of shots and attacks were broken up by the Worksop defenders - particularly a little lad in glasses who was very good. However, 2-1 it finished with the boys a little dissapointed with the result, but the parents and coaches very happy with the performance.

Then to game two. Same pattern, Spartans strong and to the ball first, Worksop siting back and relying on breaking up attacks. However, the boys managed to convert this time. Jack MB escaped down the right - the goalie guessed which way to go - leaving the whole left of the goal open and Jack found it! Scores level... Then, Blade finshed off a fine move down the left, firing in across the goalie - 2-3! Still too close for comfort. Pav, started to influence the game too, being in the right place at the right time and comanding each time he got near the ball and stand-in goalie Jack Bailey showing how much he has improved with some very solid work. Then probably the goal of the game came after Alfie ran with the ball down the right and crossed for Jack MB to slot home to give the boys a little bit of breathing space. 2-4

Worksop then showed why they have won all seven games so far. Again a breakway after pressure from the Spartans left the defence out of position. The Worksop attacker closed in and just as Jack was about to get the ball, stopped it, flicked it round him and slotted home - very cool. 3-4. This seemed to break the Spartans concentration and Worksop pressed, again and again. The Spartans havng to work on the break. A free kick for the Spartans near the edge of the box was blocked by a well placed wall of three followed by a free kick nearly in the same place at the Spartans end (somehow our wall was placed alot further back) - well saved by Jack.

But the boys clung on and eventually deserved their victory. No single man-of-the-match this week and they all deserved it. Playing through knocks (William and Morgan), injuries (Josh and Jack MB) and illness (James) to ensure their team won.




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