FOUR-WOODS

WESTWOOD 0-4 KSB - SMCCFL Division 2 - Co-operative Academy - 23.9.17

KSB had got their league campaign off to a stunning start by defeating King’s Manchester 5-1 at Fearns, having lost to the same opposition in the Charity Cup the week prior. Math Pickup wanted to keep faith with those who had helped with that victory, with one or two enforced changes. Westwood have often proved tricky opposition for the Streeters over the years, so Math was hoping a first victory (in normal time) was in store for his side.

The home team dominated the ball in the opening stages, without really creating any clear-cut chances. Whilst KSB were defending well, they weren’t able to keep hold of the ball. The Streeters did however take the lead, somewhat against the run of play, when a vintage Jonti Calter long throw was expertly headed in by Adam Taylor, again enjoying a midfielder berth.

This prompted the visitors into action, and they began to play some better football and create more chances. When the home goalkeeper came out wide, his clearance landed at the feet of Calter, whose first time finish into the far corner of the goal was outstanding.

At half time, the lads knew there was room for improvement, despite a better passage of play to close the first half. Harry Pickup was brought on to replace Neil Horne, who had put another great shift in up front. The second half saw another slow start for KSB, who once again struggled to dominate the game, despite holding a 2-0 lead.

Harry Lord remained largely untroubled, with the back three of Matt Jones, Josh Guest and captain Alex Halliwell shutting everything out. The wing backs Dave Davies and Tom Connor were also having to help out defensively, with their efforts to push forward being stifled. Connor had to come off with a slight niggle, allowing Jonny Rigby to come on up front, with Calter reverting to wing back.

The Streeters were still being frustrated in their efforts to extend their lead, with efforts from Rigby, Harry and Davies going close. Taylor was then booked for a rash challenge – KSB’s third booking in three games. Math was given a further headache when Jones hobbled off with a knee injury, resulting in Connor coming back on the pitch and another reshuffle of the pack.

From right wing back, Calter sent a brilliant ball over to put Harry through, and he made no mistake, finishing into the roof of the net. Calter then got his second, and KSB’s fourth, when Ryan Clarke gave him the ball, he burst forward from right wing back, and fired a ferocious drive past the keeper at his near post. Two goals and two assists for the Streeters’ all-time leading goalscorer, on his 200th appearance for the club.

Late on, Westwood won a penalty after a combo of Guest and Halliwell brought a man down in the area. Despite having had very little to do all game, Lord kept his concentration, and saved brilliantly to his right to keep his and KSB’s clean sheet intact.

Despite not being the Streeter’s greatest ever performance, it was another victory, with four goals scored away from home, as well as a first shut-out of the season. Two wins out of two, and some terrific performances.



Team:

1.    Harry Lord (GK)
2.    Josh Guest (LCB)
3.    Tom Connor (LWB)
4.    Math Pickup (MC)
5.    Matt Jones (RCB)
6.    Alex Halliwell (CB) (c)
8.    Ryan Clarke (AMC)
9.    Jonti Calter (SC)
10.    Neil Horne (SC)
11.    Dave Davies (RWB)
23.    Adam Taylor (MC)

Substitutes: 7. Harry Pickup (SC), 20. Jonny Rigby (SC)

Man of the match: Jonti Calter