FOR PETE'S SAKE

MACC PARISH ST. PETER 3–3 KSB – SMCCFL Division 2 – 30th September 2017 – Windmill Street, Macclesfield

The pitch at Windmill Street in Macclesfield has not been a particularly happy place for either KSB or KSB United to visit in recent years. Despite the strong start to the season, this would be another test against a strong Macc Parish St Peter’s team. Manager Math Pickup’s selection plans were disrupted through the absence of no less than 25 players.

In the end, he took twelve players on the 5 hour trip to Macclesfield, allowing KSB debuts for Matt Aspinall and Sam Lord, starts for Tom Pickup, Jonny Rigby and an outfield Josh Hughes, plus the return of Danny Holloway. Math had to abandon the 3-5-2 formation in favour of 4-3-3. At the start of the game, it looked like the changes and unfamiliarity had got the better of the Streeters, and they fell behind when a dubious free kick was lofted into the area. The home striker sprinted on to it and hooked it past keeper Harry Lord.

KSB dug in, and gradually worked their way back into the game. Rigby was desperately unlucky on two occasions – first hitting the inside of the post, and then his effort being brilliantly blocked on the line – both following excellent moves. The equaliser did come when Jonti Calter did very well on the left wing, and then swirled in a delicious ball into the penalty area. Hughes shrugged off the challenge of the defender to meet the cross, and finish via the crossbar.

The half ended with the visitors the better side, and causing lots of problems to the St Peter’s backline. Math made one change at half time, introducing Harry Connor (making his KSB competitive debut) for Tom Pickup at left back. The Streeters began the second half in exhilarating fashion. Holloway tackled a defender, laid the ball down the line for skipper Ryan Clarke down the right hand side. He put an inch perfect cross in for Hughes, who once again beat the defender to the ball, and megged the keeper.

KSB increased their lead just moments later. Clarke’s beautifully lofted free kick was controlled superbly by Holloway, who took a couple of touches before volleying into the goal with his left foot (again between the goalkeeper’s legs). At 3-1 the Streeters had a commanding lead, and could’ve increased their lead further. Hughes nearly claimed his hat trick, but his curled effort was expertly tipped over the bar. Then a scintillating move saw Harry Connor lay the ball into Hughes’ feet. He back-heeled to Clarke on the edge of the area, but his well-struck shot went just inches wide.

The home side had spells of possession without looking threatening, and it looked like a KSB fourth was more likely than a St Peter’s second. However it was the latter which came, with a left-footed screamer into the top corner. This got Macc’s confidence up, and they tested the Streeters’ backline with a flurry of corners and long throws.

The equaliser came on the counter from a KSB free kick however, when a long ball up field saw Josh Guest trying to fend off the speedy striker. Harry Lord came out of his goal to try and claim, but the striker ended up coming away with the ball. The angle was acute with a couple of defenders retreating to the goal-line, but somehow he slotted the ball in.

Eventually the final whistle came, and the Streeters were disappointed to miss out on a third win out of three in the league, especially having lead 3-1 and looked comfortable. Given the circumstances and the rotten record they have at Macc, perhaps it isn’t such a bad away point, and confidence should not be lost going into October.

Team

1. Harry Lord (GK)

2. Matt Aspinall (RB)

3. Tom Pickup (LB)

4. Math Pickup (MC)

5. Josh Guest (CB)

6. Sam Lord (CB)

8. Danny Holloway (MC)

9. Jonti Calter (AMR)

10. Ryan Clarke (MC) (c)

11. Jonny Rigby (AML)

16. Josh Hughes (SC)

 

Sub – 12. Harry Connor (LB)

Man of the match – Josh Hughes