BABY, IT'S CALTER OUTSIDE

Chistchurch 1-7 KSB FC - National Chrisitan Trophy Round 2 - West Yorkshire Sports Club - 2.12.17

Just less than a year after making the trip to West Yorkshire Sports Club in Wakefield, KSB returned there for another National Christian Trophy tie, this time facing Christchurch from Castleford. With one or two absentees, Math Pickup was pleased to welcome back Harry Pickup and Danny Holloway, as well as former gaffer Phil Argile. Last time out KSB had lost 4-1 at home to Gatley St James in a disappointing performance, so it was important to get a positive result.

The Streeters started the better, but fell behind early on when a free kick was laid off to Christchurch manager Ste Howell, who drilled into the bottom corner from outside the penalty area. The visitors dusted themselves down, and started to play some lovely football. Adam Taylor went close, but his header was saved, following a beautiful cross from skipper Alex Halliwell of all people. There were other opportunities including a Halliwell header that was tipped over, but the equaliser did come when a Ryan Clarke corner was headed home by Matt Ashworth – scoring his first goal since January 2016, before his long term injury, so fully deserved to celebrate.

Ashworth was a constant threat down the left hand side, combining well with Holloway, before the ball was played into Harry Pickup in the box. The striker beat the defender to the ball, resulting in Harry being fouled in the area; the referee pointed straight to the spot. Jonti Calter had already dispatched five penalties for KSB this season, and made it six with another assured finish.

KSB made it 3-1 before the break with a great team goal. Several players had been involved before brothers Math and Harry combined down the right hand side. Harry laid the ball into the path of Clarke, who hit a beautiful first time shot into the top corner. At half time the Streeters had played some fantastic football, and needed more of the same to ensure progression to the next round. Luke Hobson replaced Math, and Phil Argile came on for Harry Pickup, allowing Calter to move up front to partner Josh Hughes, who was once again a real handful for the opposition.

Christchurch came out fighting in the second half, putting KSB under pressure, and having a number of corners. The backline held out magnificently, with Taylor, Halliwell and Josh Guest keeping calm and defending superbly. KSB began to play their football again, and Hughes grabbed himself a goal; putting a defender and then the keeper under pressure, before tackling the goalie and sticking the ball into the empty net. Another raid down the left resulted in a free kick outside the box. Calter whipped it into the danger area, and it went straight through the keeper to make it 5-1.

A sixth came when a Holloway cross was met by Ashworth. His shot was repelled, but Calter was on hand to fire home for his first hat trick since February 2016. On that day the striker scored four goals, and he matched that feat when he took aim from over 25 yards out, straight into the top corner, to take him to 14 goals for the season, passing his tally for the whole of the last campaign.

By this point Harry had returned to the fray, but couldn’t get the goal his hard work deserved, going close on a couple of occasions. Hughes came back on for Calter, who wanted to receive the deserved ovation. Math also replaced the superb Clarke, who with Holloway, had been able to make KSB tick with outstanding passing. A late Hobson smile resulted in a slight altercation which was quickly diffused by his personal bodyguard Taylor. Harry Lord only made his first save very late on, as the Streeters secured their 7-1 win.

An excellent performance from each member of the matchday squad had seen KSB progress to the 3rd round, where they will face fellow SMCCFL side Ditton Athletic. If they can replicate the effort and football played at Christchurch, then KSB will be a threat to any team they face.

Team:

1.    Harry Lord (GK)
2.    Josh Guest (LCB)
3.    Matt Ashworth (LWB)
4.    Math Pickup (MC)
5.    Adam Taylor (RCB)
6.    Alex Halliwell (CB) (c)
7.    Harry Pickup (SC)
8.    Danny Holloway (MC)
9.    Jonti Calter (RWB)
10.    Josh Hughes (SC)
11.    Ryan Clarke (AMC)

Subs – 12. Luke Hobson (MC), 25. Phil Argile (RWB)

Man of the match – Jonti Calter