MARSH ATTACKS!

KSB 4–2 CENTRAL – friendly – 19th August 2017 – SLS Stadium @ Fearns

This was a tough task for KSB in many respects: their first friendly back at Fearns, their first against Division 1 opposition, and all still without a win all summer. Matches with Central had not brought many fond memories until recently, when of course the Streeters beat them on penalties to win the Charity Cup. That prompted a nosedive in form (1 win in 10 and counting) and so maybe this match would revive fortunes.

Math Pickup did have a strong squad to choose from, and Central were without standout midfielder Willis. Lord continued in goal behind a formidable back three of Adam Taylor, Matt Ashworth and Matt Jones on his Fearns debut. Wing backs were Josh Guest and Dave Davies, with a midfield trio of Kingsley Ashworth, Alex Marsh (also on his Fearns debut) and Ryan Clarke. Jonti Calter and Daven Argile were up front.

Usually KSB find it tough to begin with against Central, but this time the home side started on top. The football was a lot slicker, with everyone putting in a great work ethic and looking for chances. Lord was hardly tested and the defence were stopping deadly Joe Janusz from danger.

The Streeters took the lead when Clarke and Daven threaded the ball through to Marsh, who slotted home with real efficiency. It could easily have been 2–0 minutes later when Argile was sent through but hit the inside of the post with his finish. Sam Calvert came on for Guest on the half hour.

Math was keen not to get carried away with his half time speech despite the superb performance, mainly because of Central’s quality. Harry Pickup replaced Calter in his first appearance of the season. It was soon evident that the visitors wanted revenge and they began a period of dominance right from the restart.

After a couple of close calls, another cruel goal led to the equaliser. A cross from the right swirled all the way over Lord into the far top corner, much as it had done at Westwood last weekend. And not too long after the comeback was complete, with a corner headed in brilliantly by the tall centre back. Lord had also made a terrific save with his feet to stop more damage.

But just as they had done so in the Charity Cup final, Kay Street found another gear and began to cause Central much greater problems. An incisive through ball unleashed Harry, who beat his marker and finished perfectly despite having a lot of time to think. Guest returned in place of Kingsley, allowing Davies to move into midfield.

The Streeters then took an unlikely lead when a bouncing ball in the box was beautifully flicked up and swept home by Clarke – the finish going in off the post leaving the ‘keeper with no chance. Math Pickup and Calter replaced Marsh and Daven late on, and still the whites weren’t finished.

A quick throw in by Calter found Harry, whose mishit touch actually got rid of his marker. This allowed him to move the ball forward and get a superb shot away – the ball curling into the far corner for an unlikely fourth. His second goal in just 45 minutes made him joint top scorer of pre-season so far with Marsh.

This brilliant result and performance might have not been expected, but it proved that KSB are still able to beat anyone on their day. With 8 goals in 2 games against arguably the best defence in the SMCCFL, this was a real encouragement with the season starting in just 2 weeks.

 

Team

1. Harry Lord (GK)

5. Matt Ashworth (DLC)

6. Matt Jones (DC)

23. Adam Taylor (DRC)

3. Josh Guest (WBR)

11. Dave Davies (WBL)

8. Kingsley Ashworth (MC)

16. Alex Marsh (MC)

10. Ryan Clarke (AMC)

9. Jonti Calter (FC)

14. Daven Argile (FC)

 

Subs – 2. Sam Calvert (WBR), 7. Harry Pickup (FC), 20. Math Pickup (MC)

Man of the match – Alex Marsh