Sunday 4th March 2007
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Patsoe Clings To Impossible
David Fenton (C)
Simon Blay (+)
Aaron Goddard (+)
Manics went back to losing ways on Sunday as another scratch
side struggled against one of the divisions best footballing
side from KO to the very end. Their misery was compounded with
the news that keeper Robinson broke his arm in a clash with
his own defender soon after the match adding to this seasons
started in a bubbly fashion; full of glee after a Blay prank
on Baker in the dressing room which got the lads geed up for
the match. However, the positive start was matched by Priestwood
who looked strong at the back and threatening in attack. Fenton,
spurred on after his Bruce Lee impression last week, and Blay,
in unfamiliar territory at left back, contrived to mess up and
gift Priestwood the lead.
as they might, Barnard and Goddard couldn't get a grip on Withers
in the midfield as he began to pull the strings. Wing on the
left wing was giving debutant Bradley a torrid time, weaving
in and out, and eventually increasing Priestwood's lead to 2-0
with a solo effort. Almost within minutes, the ball was lost
in midfield, the Manics slowly dropped back whilst the speedy
attack of Priestwood caused panic in the Manics back-line once
again, as poor old Henry's 57 year old legs were tested by legs
2 thirds younger. It was 3-0, and just half time. Manics though
had had chances, and looked dangerous from set pieces.
mud was getting heavy, and Manics passing was woeful. The players
were still expecting the ball to ping about like it does on
astro turf, so passes were continually coming up short. This
frustrated O'Connell and Wilson who were starved of service
in the 1st half. So when half time came, opinions were expressed,
questions were asked, positivity emphasised.
4-0 Manics were in disarray. To top off an awful morning in
the pouring rain, Robinson broke his arm when trying to claim
a cross. He tried bravely to carry on but his pain was clear
for all to see. The cards were shuffled, Barnard went in goal,
Goddard dropped to left back, Baker filled the middle, and Worthy
played left wing. Immediately Manics were tested, and Barnard
made one particularly fine save for such a fiery little man.
Blay hobbled about up front like a man with no feet and the
most other players chasing shadows, the Manics toiled for the
rest of the game. However a swift attack involving Blay, Wilson
& O'Connell, the ball ended up on the head of super sub
Jason Worthy who scored in his third successive game, making
the score 5-1.
performance and the game itself on Sunday showed exactly why
this season has been a complete waste of time for the Manics.
It has yielded only more injuries and more distress. Only one
thing can make the season bearable for Patsalides and his weary
troops, and that's victory in the final game against Wokingham
United which without Robinson is looking impossible. The Manics
need a miracle…
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Manics Man of the Match and the Referees Man of the
Match went to David Fenton.
to the fans who came to watch the game!
Manics 1 Athletico Priestwood 5
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