Ossett Town Tornados 3 v 3 Shadwell Utd
Ossett Town Tornados 3 v Shadwell 3
Scorers Luke Townend 2 and Connor Mcaliskey
Player of the match Jacob Nash
Team Elliot Robinson, Jacob Nash, Ewan Broadbent, James Ferguson, James Higgins, Lewis Stephens, Connor Mcaliskey, William Kenworthy, Billy Pert ( Subs Keiran Stephenson, Luke Townend and Bradley Graham ).
The ‘ Tornados ‘ commenced their first home league fixture on the back of an emphatic away win the previous week. However this match was a tale of failing to deal with the pace and trickery of the visiting ‘ Skipper ‘ !!!! Ossett started well with some free flowing football taking the game to the opposition. Connor Mcaliskey at the heart of good approach play down the left. Chance after chance went begging allowing Shadwell to visibly gain in confidence. Town played well in patches as each player tried hard to gel in a recently restructured team. Billy Pert was unlucky on a couple of occasions as he was thwarted by some excellent saves by an impressive visiting keeper. Jacob Nash remained tenacious throughout in defence and he was rewarded with the player of the match award. Ewan Broadbent and James Ferguson were always looking to stretch the play with Lewis Stephens working hard in midfield. Shadwell had certainly come to ‘ Give it a go ‘ and their fine efforts were subsequently rewarded with the first of three breakaway goals. The number 13 and captain received the ball just beyond half way. A quick burst of pace got him in on goal he converted a cool finish beyond the diving Elliot Robinson to give Shadwell a 1 – 0 lead. Bradley Graham worked hard to up the hosts tempo and he was ably assisted by the tricky William Kenworthy. Some great approach play ended with Billy Pert being thwarted by the keeper. The rebound landed at the feet of Luke Townend who smashed it against a post. The ball bounced back into play and at the feet of a Shadwell defender. Town would now experience the cruel side of sport as the number 13 broke free again to dispatch his second finish of the day allowing the visitors to take a 2 – 0 lead. James Higgins and Keiran Stephenson linked up well as Ossett looked to repair the very rarely experienced damage. They were still commanding the game but the scoreline suggested otherwise. A minute before the break the hosts mounted a final attack. Billy Pert smashed the ball against the crossbar and Luke Townend stroked the rebound home 2 – 1 at Half Time to Shadwell. The second period was very much a repeat of the first one with Ossett mainly on the front foot. The major aspect missing today was a little sharpness in the finishing although the visiting keeper played well throughout. From a Town attack the ball went loose and the ball was played into the path of ‘ Lucky number 13 ‘. Quick feet set him free and a superb effort nestled in the roof of the net to give Shadwell a 3 – 1 lead. Ossett were potentially up against it at this point and the players were about to undergo a test of their characters. Bradley Graham smashed a fine effort at goal and the keeper made a fine save. Ewan Broadbent was influencing some good play out wide and Lewis Stephens did his best to set a higher tempo. Never say die Ossett attacked the visitors goal with vigour and a fine move down the right ended with a low cross into the box. Luke Townend was on hand to slide home his second of the day taking the score to Ossett 2 Shadwell 3. With time running out things got a little tense with Shadwell attempting to shut up shop at the rear. A superb passing move allowed Connor Mcaliskey in on goal. He made no mistake to fire past a despairing Shadwell keeper. Ossett 3 Shadwell 3. Town were truly rampant at this point as the home supporters demanded one final effort. With virtually seconds remaining Lewis Stephens weaved his way into the penalty area before clearly being clipped from behind. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot to award Town a penalty kick. The Shadwell keeper kept up his great performance on the day by making a diving save to his right hand side. The scoreline remained deadlocked at 3 – 3 and the final whistle signalled the end of a pulsating league fixture.
Reporters views : In all honesty I feel that a draw was a fair result. Shadwell deserved some form of reward for their overall desire and team spirited commitment. Ossett played well and
showed true character in the face of adversity. The players will learn more from this type of game as opposed to an emphatic win. Well done to both sets of players and good luck to Shadwell for the rest of the season.