Sunday 28th January 2007
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Manics lose but at least
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Simon Blay (+)
David Fenton (C)
Aaron Goddard (+)
Lee Wilcox (+)
valiant display, but another defeat. The draw for the quarter
finals of the Cup could not have been any tougher for the struggling
blues, who had yet to notch an 'official' victory all season.
True, the Twigg aren't as strong as they once were, but still
have a heap of experience, plenty of physical strength and enough
know-how to put teams like the Manics to the sword.
Due to long term injuries to both Mark Gates and Jason Graaff
and the absence of left-back Ryan Warman, the Manics had a completely
different back-line once again. Simon Blay and David Fenton
slotted in at centre back, Darren Barton played right-back and
Brian Rooney made his first start at left back for the club.
With a strong wind hurtling towards them in the first half meant
the back 4 were to be tested early. It was a test they sadly
failed as the Twigg burst through twice in the first half hour
to make it 2-0 by half-time. Manics had threatened 3 or 4 times
with Gareth Evans in particular a dangerous outlet, but their
forrays into the Twigg half were rare and proved fruitless.
The Twigg's 'chirping' kicked into life shortly after the second
goal, Fenton, Rooney and linesman Patsalides getting the brunt
of the abuse. This proved the Manics, with their never say die
attitude and commitment, were rattling the Twigg's cage just
The second half saw a galvanised Manics defend tremendously.
The back line really got their act together, as did Adam Barnard
and Aaron Goddard in the middle of the park, who began to boss
Nebbitt and Havermans Jnr. Gavin Baker was inventive with flicks
and patient holding the ball up as he looked to play Jason Worthy,
Chris Mitchell and Gareth Evans in behind.
However, the Twigg had great pace down the flanks in Sargent
and Williams, so Manics needed to keep close guard. They were
punished on the hour mark as Twigg made it 3-0 with a goal that
sniffed slightly of offside. Manics kept going and in fact looked
more comfortable after conceding the third. Again this was testified
by some of the physical treatment the Manics were getting. One
nipple-high karate kick Blay took in the ribs was particularly
notable. The offender was swiftly booked for the challenge.
A flurry of attacks and panic in the Twigg defence finally gave
the Manics the goal they deserved. A deep left foot cross from
Baker was met at the back post by Worthy
who drilled it high into the roof of the net. Despite not threatening
themselves in the final 10 minutes, Twigg held firm at the back
to hold on to the 3-1 victory.
So another defeat and exit from the Cup looks bad for the Manics.
But the boys are playing some good football and battling hard,
and are all confident that a victory is not far away.
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Manics Man of the Match went to Simon Blay.
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