Thornton 1-2 Appleton
Published under School News Monday 17 October, 2011
With an unbeaten start in the League and ‘rumours’ of a weaker Appleton side rolling into town, confidence was high ahead of Year 9’s third game of the season. However the lads were brought back down to earth in a match they should have won.
With the omission of main goal scorer Matty Foulds and a solid 4-3-3 formation still in play, the lads made a terrific start thanks to Lewis Ouifaqui. He latched onto a precision through ball from midfield and in true Ouifaqui style it took just 0.5 sec from running past the hapless defender, dribbling and shooting before TGS went 1-0 up. The Appleton boys were resilient though and their quick counter attacking play and packed midfield, began to highlight how fragile Thornton’s formation was. It wasn’t long before the boys left too many up front and an army of blue shirts descended on the defence, a neat piece of skill from their striker and left foot curler put them back on level terms, 1-1.
The second half was one to forget as Mr Painter reverted to 4-4-2 to combat the war in midfield. The lads began to take control, Nathan Bell was ordered up front and the boys created non other than seven 1 on 1 chances with Appleton’s keeper!. Unfortunately, in the same manner as holding the B button down too long on your Xbox 360 whilst playing Fifa 12, Thornton’s strikers blazed wildly over the bar. The lads were then made to pay in merciless fashion 5 minutes from time as Appleton punted the ball up field; Irtza Imran found himself battling two forwards who calmly worked the ball round him and the onrushing Danny Patchett, eventually leaving an empty net in which to slot the ball home for victory.
With Holy Family to play in the Bradford Cup on Monday 17th October hopefully the lads will have the strength of character to pick themselves up and continue to play the football which has been deserving of 3 wins this term.