DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

KSB 5-1 Westwood - SMCCFL Division 2 - SLS Stadium @ Fearns - 6.1.18

After a strong start to the season, KSB had lost their most recent two league games, so needed to get back to winning ways. It had been over a month since the last game – a morale-boosting 7-1 win in the National Christian Trophy. Manager Math Pickup had a strong squad to choose from, but illness to Ryan Clarke meant a rare start for Dave Davies in his beloved attacking midfield position.

The Streeters were up against the strong wind in the first half, but the dazzling sun was shining in the faces of the Westwood defence. KSB got into the lead when a defensive mix-up with the visiting goalkeeper, allowed top scorer Jonti Calter to put the ball in the back of the net.

After that Westwood had a lot of the ball, and could have created some better openings than they did. It was KSB who got the next goal of the game however – a good move down the left eventually allowed Davies to pass to Holloway on the edge of the area. The midfielder’s finish into the top corner of the goal was exemplary, and gave the Streeters a 2-0 lead at the break.

The opening part of the second half was KSB’s best period of the game, and eventually they added a couple more to the scoreline. A wicked Davies free kick was diverted in by Josh Hughes. The big man then turned provider, when sub Harry Pickup played him in. Hughes squared for Holloway to tap into the empty net.

At the other end, goalkeeper Harry Lord was doing a fantastic impression of his hero Nick Pope, denying Westwood attackers with some superb saves. The Streeters didn’t quite get their rhythm back – Calter had a couple of efforts which went over the bar, before Holloway completed his hat trick with an accomplished finish, following good work from Harry Pickup.

Lord didn’t get his clean sheet bonus however, as he was beaten right at the death by a stunning long range strike. 2018 had however, begun in great fashion with a convincing win, and five more goals added to the tally. Up next is a trip to King’s Manchester, for what is already a crucial game in the race for promotion. St Philip’s Trinity have lost two games in a row, so a victory at King’s would put KSB right back into the thick of the shake-up.

Team:

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

Subs – 7. Harry Pickup (SC), 12. Hobson (MC)

Man of the match – Danny Holloway