Under 15 Lions 3 v 2 Horsforth St Margarets [21/9/2014]

 

Result: Ossett Town Juniors 3 v 2 Horsforth St Margarets
Goal Scorers: Bailey Holderness (2), Lewis Clarke,
Man of the match: Elliott Hewitt
Match Reporter: Geoff Allison
League: Garforth League Under 15s Division 1
Date: 21 September 2014

We’re up and running

The first victory of the season has been gained and the questions are immediately being asked.

  1. Did we play a blinder?
  2. Were the opposition weaker than our previous two opponents?
  3. Our coach wasn’t there?

Ossett certainly played well and got off to a cracking start and were soon 1:0 ahead with a brilliant run down the left flank by Joe Senior and an equally excellent cross that Bailey met and finished well with an accurate header. Tyler almost repeated the move with a similar cross a few minutes later but this time Bailey failed to convert the chance. Horsforth weren’t being outplayed though and very nearly equalised as their centre forward missed a sitter right in front of the posts. And so the pattern for the first half was established. Ossett were slightly the stronger team, but Horsforth played a good passing game especially through the midfield while Ossett were more solid in defence and looked more threatening going forward.

Ossett went 2:0 up half way through the first half when Elliott made an excellent tackle in the middle of the park and then found Louis Conyers, whose cross eluded first Bailey and then Liam Finney and was then blasted in to the net by Lewis Clarke. Great move and great goal. Ossett were in control but as we were to discover later there is a fine balance between confidence and complacency. In the last few minutes of the half Horsforth pulled one back as a good shot found Connor off his line and the ball found the back of the net. Horsforth were still very much in the game.

The second half was almost a re-run of the first. Ossett didn’t dominate but they were in control. They looked the more threatening but weren’t creating many chances. Elliott was unfortunate not to score when a good free-kick hit the base of the post. However, it always felt as though Horsforth could salvage a point if we weren’t able to bury the game.

Thankfully we went 3:1 up with the best passing move of the game. Liam Taylor made a strong tackle and passed to Conyers who found Morgan with a lovely triangle passing move. Morgan’s chip through to Bailey was perfect and Bailey hooked the ball beautifully over the oncoming keeper. For some reason this two-goal cushion led to a spate of poor tempered play and far too much back chat and moaning at the referee rather than just keeping focus. Another example of role models on the TV. The lads need to learn to remain focused at all times and ensure their energies are aimed at working hard on and off the ball and remaining determined rather than needless tantrums.

With a couple of minutes to go Horsforth came back into the game with a good run down the left flank. The resulting firm cross was deflected in to our own net by Lewis Clarke which made the last minute unnecessarily tense.

The final whistle came soon enough and Ossett had secured their first win of the season.  It was a very strong performance and the win was totally justified, although with greater concentration and application Ossett could have turned the overall dominance into a greater margin of victory. A good start to the season so far with 3 strong performances and a growing confidence that we can hold our own in the top flight

Onwards and upwards!