New year brings double delight

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New year brings double delight

Posted by admin on January 8, 2013

In the first game of 2013, our near neighbours Thorncliffe travelled the couple of miles to the Carribean Club, but returned home empty handed as the Spartans did the double for the season with a convincing win.

Thorncliffe had been achieving some good results recently and would surely have been expecting a good performance against the Spartans who had spluttered towards the end of 2012.

A perfect day for football greated the teams as game one kicked off and it was immediately clear that the Spartans had taken on board the managers instructions in training and before the game as the passing was back. Great work in midfield between Alfie, Jack MB and Kieren was creating chance from the start and it was not long before the first goal came. Jack MB played a great through ball, splitting the defence, and Logan P latched on to it and fired home. The second followed quickly with a very similar ball, turning the defence, Alfie shot but was saved by the goalie and Logan P pounced for his second of the game. It was not all the Spartans however and the defence had to be awake for the Thorncliffe breaks, Aman and William were solid when needed.

The third followed before half time as Jack MB got his second assist of the game with a pass to Kieren who slotted home for 3-0. However, this goal seemed to change the mindset as the passing seemed to dry up and the Spartans tried to do it all by themselves again. This allowed Thorncliffe the opportunity they were looking for and got their reply to make it 3-1.

A half time reminder about passing and using the ball sorted things and the second half meant more goals, Kieren (2) nipped in to fire into the bottom corner after a lovely cross from Alfie, some more great work on the wing and then a great pass set up Jack MB for his deserved goal and then Jack MB got his second to make the score 7-1 at the end of game one. Jack could have had at least two more - both fantastic saves from teh Thorncliffe goalie (a tip over from a piledriver and a wonderful diving save to his right to knock the ball onto the post and out for a corner).

Game two was a lot tighter score wise and Thorncliiffe started the brighter with some good work which resulted in an early goal from a well worked corner (all their players lining on the edge of the box rather than in the penalty area caused confusion). But, after a shaky start the boys sorted themselves out, stuck to the gameplan and it paid dividends as Rmaryre roamed up and down the left flank playing some great balls in to feet setting up Jack Bailey (which he missed by miles), then doing the same again, this time Jack vollied a wonderful curling ball past the stranded goalie for 8-2. The rest of the first half was much of the same, Thormcliffe playing better but being kept at bay by the defence (Josh playing his usual solid game supported by Cameron), when they got past this, James was there to tidy up (mention must be made of his goal kicks which have suddenly come on great). The midlfield linking up well and settng Sam away for a number of chances.

The second half was almost all Spartans, James had nothing to do. The Spartans dominated midfield and pressed for more goals, Morgan played a very cheeky pass behind his own legs to Blade on the edge of the box to show the confidence that was in the team. Sam eventually finished the scoring, firing across the goalie from the right to nestle in the bottom corner.

Mention must go to the referee who did a great job.

Final score 9-2

Man of the matches: Kieren and Jack Bailey.

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