THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

KSB 3–2 SPACIOUS PLACE BLUE – SMCCFL Division 2 – 14th October 2017 – SLS Stadium @ Fearns

The derby match at Fearns against local rival Spacious Place is always a highlight of the season for KSB. Last season the visitors got the better of Phil Argile’s men with a thrilling 6-5 victory. This year the two teams were going into the match with contrasting form – unbeaten KSB were top of the Division 2 table, whilst the Burnley-based team were still waiting for their first victory of the campaign.

Defender Matt Ashworth, midfielder Danny Holloway and striker Harry Pickup were all unavailable, but Rayn Clarke returned from injury, and Sam Calvert came back into the squad. Just as with the other home league game, KSB took an early lead through gaffer Math Pickup. The midfielder’s shot from the edge of the box was saved, and he charged down the defender’s attempted clearance. The ball landed in the box, and Jonti Calter forced it loose to land back at the feet of Math who slotted in.

The lead didn’t last long however, when calls for offside from the home backline fell on deaf ears, allowing the Blues winger to lash home. After that it was the visitors who had the majority of the ball, testing Harry Lord from distance, but not creating any clear-cut openings. Set pieces were proving to be KSB’s biggest weapon – Adam Taylor’s header hit the crossbar from a Calter throw. Another throw resulted in Calvert being pushed in the back, just as he was about to finish. Referee Dave Hanson pointed to the spot, Calter kept his cool and finished superbly into the top corner.

The Streeters had the lead at the break, and whilst they hadn’t played particularly well, every man was battling away and giving everything. Matt Jones and Neil Horne came on for Joshes Guest and Hughes in defence and attack respectively. The second half began in similar fashion, and Lord was called into action with two great saves. The first tipping wide from the dangerous winger’s wicked shot, and then saving with his feet to stop a certain goal.

Alex Halliwell was instrumental in keeping the lead, as the defence were regularly called into action. Guest then had to replace Jones who hobbled off with a recurrence of a knee injury. Despite still not being able to get on the ball as regularly as they would like, KSB were holding strong. Horne then displayed some great footwork in the Blues’ penalty area, before being brought down for a stonewall pen. Once again Calter didn’t let any sledging distract him, and he fired into the other top corner, for his 7th goal of the season in all comps.

3-1 up and 75 mins on the clock, perhaps Math could relax a little, but that was short-lived as SP once again got their way back into the game. A fierce Scott Cawtherley free kick was saved by Lord, only to be headed in by the visitors’ centre back. A flurry of corners and set pieces at the end of the game were all defended superbly, and with a bit more composure, another KSB goal on the break might have been possible. Math, Clarke and Luke Hobson

The final whistle came to bring huge sighs of relief for the Streeters, who had won a very close contest against a dangerous SP team. The unbeaten start to the season continues, and despite slipping to second place in the table (because of St Philip’s thumping 7-0 win), confidence remains high that a decent league campaign is in store.

 

Team (3–5–2)

1.Harry Lord (GK)

2.Sam Calvert (RWB)

3.Josh Guest (LCB)

4.Math Pickup (MC)

6.Alex Halliwell (CB) (c)

8.Luke Hobson (MC)

9.Jonti Calter (SC)

10.Ryan Clarke (AMC)

11.Dave Davies (LWB)

16.Josh Hughes (SC)

23.Adam Taylor (RCB)

 

Subs – 5. Matt Jones (LCB), Neil Horne (SC)

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