KSB 1–4 GATLEY ST. JAMES – SMCCFL Division 2 – 18th November 2017 – SLS Stadium @ Fearns

Last time out in the league, KSB suffered their first defeat in their Division Two campaign, going down 3-0 at St Philip’s Trinity. Confidence was back however, after beating Spacious Place 5-2 in the Charity Cup, as Math Pickup prepared his men for the arrival of Gatley St James. The visitors have had some good results this season, and would be tough opposition.

Math was without goalkeeper Harry Lord, who injured a finger in his man of the match winning display against Spacious Place. Work duties prevented Josh Hughes from playing, either in goal or up front, so Ryan Clarke’s pal Chris Walker donned Lord’s spare gloves. A late work call to Edinburgh robbed KSB of midfielder Danny Holloway, meanwhile Harry Pickup was on a family trip to London. There were returns for Alex Halliwell, Dave Davies, Neil Horne and Joel Brown, making his first appearance for KSB this term.

From the kickoff it was clear Gatley were decent opponents. Matching the Streeters in a 3-5-2 formation, they were causing problems, particularly from the wings. It was a raid down their right which saw the ball crossed to the far post for the left wing back to give Gatley the lead. KSB huffed and puffed to try and get back in the game, but didn’t create much of note, other than a few long range efforts. On the odd occasion that they did find themselves with the ball in and around the box, the wrong pass or decision was made.

At half time, KSB were deservedly 1-0 down in a game which had boiled over on a couple of occasions. The Streeters’ discipline has been one of very few low points this season, so it was vital they kept their heads and attitudes right. Brown replaced Horne up front at the break, and in the opening stages of the second half, KSB looked likely to get an equaliser. The best chance fell to Adam Taylor from a Josh Guest cross, but thinking he was offside, Taylor’s strike was saved.

Shortly afterwards Gatley got their second and third goals following more attacks down the flanks, with KSB giving away possession in dangerous areas. Jonti Calter reduced the areas, lifting the ball beyond the advancing keeper having been played in by Clarke. It looked like the home side had the ascendancy, and could go on to make a game of it.

This was all killed off with Gatley’s fourth, as heads began to drop. At the final whistle, disappointment was the overriding feeling. Yes, Gatley St James are a good side and will win plenty of games this season, but the Streeters can play so much better and work so much harder. Math will need to get some belief back in his players, as well as ensuring every game is approached with the right attitude, energy, work rate and effort.


Team (3–5–2)

1.Chris Walker (GK)

2.Sam Calvert (RWB)

3.Josh Guest (RCB)

4.Math Pickup (MC)

5.Matt Ashworth (LCB)

6.Alex Halliwell (CB) (c)

8.Ryan Clarke (AMC)

9.Jonti Calter (SC)

10.Neil Horne (SC)

11.Dave Davies (LWB)

23.Adam Taylor (MC)


Subs – 7. Joel Brown (SC), 20. Luke Hobson (MC)

Man of the match –