U13 Tigers 5 – 1 Linthwaite Match Report

Result: Ossett Town U13 Tigers 5 – 1 Linthwaite
Goal Scorers: Nathan Williams 3, Tyler Dewhirst 1 and Tyler Cliffe 1
Man of the match: Nathan Williams
Most Improved Player Alistair Redmond
Match Reporter: Tom Redmond
League: Huddersfield League Under 13 Division 4A

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1st Half

On a cold and grey Sunday morning, Ossett Town Tigers were looking to make a piece of club history and win 3 league games in a row. Up against them were Linthwaite, a team where past games have always been unpredictable and usually close.

Town kicked off. Confidence was high following last week’s outstanding performance…..neat passing in the midfield between Nathan Williams – Josh Cartlidge – Ryan Turfrey brought the 1st shot off the day from the eager Tyler Dewhirst – keeper saves!

Ossett continued to press with Alistair Redmond, right midfield, looking well up for it and beginning to torment Linthwaite’s full back, breaking clear to bring out another save from the away keeper.

The Reds of Ossett were virtually camped in the away side half, with shots wide and saved from; Nathan Williams, Fin Townend & Tyler D.

Jake Stevens in the Town goal was a virtual spectator but on the odd occasion, when asked, displayed safe hands and as usual was the voice of the team.

Ossett pushed forward relentlessly and to the agony of the touchline faithful missed the chance of the half, as Alistair Redmond again showed the fullback a clean pair of heels to put in a dangerous cross. Initially met by The Fin, whose strike was bundled away falling perfectly to the predatory Tyler Dewhirst….who somehow missed the open goal.

Linthwaite for the first time built up a sustained period of attack. Ossett Town defended two corners in quick succession with Jake Stevens & Lewis Clark marshalling the defence well. Sean Owram was alert and quickly over to clear the danger from another Linthwaite attack. The Pink leggings of Alex Oldroyd will need a wash as he made a fantastic sliding tackle in the mud to cut out a dangerous move by the away side.

Sloppy play had crept into Towns play, with too many lose flicks rather than deliberate passing and too slow to get to the 50:50 balls. Linthwaite looked like they had found there feet…a goal was coming! Fortunately for Ossett Town when it did it was chalked off for being off-side. Yet Linthwaite continued to chase every ball and from another attack they first hit the cross bar and managed to miss the open goal shooting wide. The away side did open the scoring following a scramble in the 18 yard box and two players bundling the ball over the line. One nil Linthwaite!

Stand in Coach Martin responded by throwing on fresh legs, giving a debut to Kieran Salmon taking up the left full back position and Levi Mitchell taking over right midfield duties.

The response was immediate as Town took a grip of the game. The equaliser came from perhaps the move of the match and a demonstration of how simple a game football can be…..Ossett Town’s defence repel a Linthwaite attack, with Lewis Clark controlling the ball just outside his own 18 yard line. Lifting his head he spotted Alistair Redmond in space and beginning a forward run on the left. With a text book pass, Lewis placed the ball to the space in front of Alistair, who now in full flow met and controlled the ball. Alistair, fully aware, placed an early ball perfectly into space to meet the diagonal run of Tyler Dewhirst who continued forward and finished with a trusty left foot shot over the keeper. 1-1….SIMPLE!

Linthwaite attempted to respond but were met with the rock at left back….Kieran Salmon winning his first one on one challenge and then making good use of the ball with a great pass to his forwards.

Half Time 1-1

2nd Half

The second half started in much the same way as how the first ended, with a Kieran strong tackle to win the ball and then set Alistair free for a run on goal….who was met with a fair but strong tackle, that seen Alistair spectacularly fly through the air before tasting the mud of the Byewell pitches.

Some Levi “drop the shoulder” magic on the right set up a period of play where chance after chance after chance just wouldn’t go in. Linthwaite’s increasingly desperate defence was finally breached as eventually the ball fell to the deadly Yellow Boots of Nathan Williams….who despatched the chance efficiently to move Town in front. 2-1

Linthwaite responded and should have taken advantage of a hesitant Town defence, as their number 10 burst through with the goal gaping only to fire wide.

Ossett pushed forward as the now on fire Nathan Williams racked up two more goals. The first from a Ryan Turfrey special – a perfect defence splitting pass and the second of his own creation working space on the right to float a shot in over the keep from a tight angle. 4-1

Although in the last quarter of the match, Ossett Town did have a number of lapses in concentration (something to be careful of in future games), Linthwaite were a beaten team and rarely threatened.

There was still time for some great action in the Linthwaite half. With Alistair Redmond, now in a Centre Forward cameo, first hitting a right foot shot off the bar and then as he charged clear of the defence nearly finding the shirt pulled from his back….only then to feel the injustice of a refereeing decision and free kick given to the opposition….perhaps his efforts to wrestle the defender off of him had something to do with the refs decision (we’ll have to wait for his autobiography!)

Well saved shots and narrow misses from Josh Cartlidge and Levi Mitchell could have extended Town’s lead.

Nathan, in what was to be a man of the match performance, battled forward and won a penalty….only for his well struck shot bringing out an excellent full length diving save from the Linthwaite keeper. Well done keeper!

There was still time for Ossett to add another to their tally, with Tyler Cliffe in an unaccustomed centre midfield position blasting a shot from 20 yards high into the roof off the net….now that’s how you finish!

Final score Ossett Town 5 Linthwaite 1

A great game, excellent result and very good team performance. Coach Martin’s MoM went to hat trick hero Nathan Williams and Most Improved Player to Alistair Redmond.