Mace MOM as Cougars triumph again
Ashington Secure their fourth league Victory
The Cougars made the long away trip to Maidenbower Colts with a squad of ten players. Illness and unavailability leaving the group with a tricky game against the unbeaten Colts. The side excelled winning 8-2 with six different players getting on the scoresheet.
The Team set about the task with excellent concentration and application. The side started slowly, passing creatively whilst imposing their tactical plan on the opposition.
The team played the usual 3-4-1 formation with Blackburn starting in Defence, Alcott in Central midfield and Gorman playing the lone striker.
Gorman set about this role with excellent effort. His thunderous, dipping drive leading to the first goal, the keeper being unable to hold the ball. Booth, always alert, pushed home the rebound.
Gorman added two goals before half time. Both emphatic driven finishes when powering past his marker. Gorman would go onto complete his Hat-Trick in the second half (see Below). Well done Ashton.
Captain, Tom Easdale put in another well rounded first half performance. He was moved to Centre Forward towards the end of the half and almost immediately won his side a penalty. Going for a bouncing ball on the left side of the penalty box, Tom was Poleaxed by what can only be described as an industrial challenge. The defenders boot making contact, with full force, into Easdale’s bread basket! If Tom was a tiny bit taller the dreaded wet sponge would have needed to be deployed (one for the parents!) Easdale bravely continued after the penalty was smashed home by Brockhurst.
4-0 to Ashington at Half time.
The side began the second half with those that started 3-4-1 Wheatley (GK) Blackburn, Lowdell and Goodchild (def) Easdale (c), Alcott, Booth, Brockhurst (Mid) Forman (CF).
Booth, having his quietest game of the season, but still playing to a good standard, was industrious in midfield working hard to cover ground and start attacking plays. His performance epitomises how to keep going even if your touch and passing isn’t coming up to the excellent standard you usually set. The reasons can be many: bad luck, the oppositions negative tactics or just an off day (Football is a fluid game and even with the best will things will not always work out) But Ewan dug deep, trying to play the right way and never let his head drop. He had a good cameo at Sweeper and scored his customary goal! Excellent attitude and effort Ewan.
Again, Matt Brockhurst had a good game. He played Left, centre and right midfield. He excelled when moved to the centre grabbing the game by the scruff and dictating play. He ended the day with a goal and two assists. Top performance Matt.
The pre match warm up involved playing weighted through balls around the edge of the penalty box for line breaking runners to move on and shoot first time. Replicating the practice drill to perfection in the game, Easdale, laid on an excellent through ball into the right side of the penalty box. Alcott, broke the offside trap, strode onto the ball and fired low to the left of the goalkeeper. A great way to open your account for the season Angus, well done.
Pass of day also went to Gorman: Ashton was moved to left midfield. He took on board the advice that the role would provide opportunities to switch play quickly from one side to other to create the overlap. Ashton received the ball from Mace. Took his time, choose not to dribble and lifted his head up to spray a 35 yard driven pass to the right wing for Lowdell to hare after. Ollie crossed to the far post but, the onrushing players just couldn’t get the final touch. Delightful football.
Lowdell again took the opportunity to fill in as a right sided attacker. Booth moving to sweeper.
Lowdell made an instant impact, tearing up and down the right side with boundless energy. He made numerous dangerous runs and got his reward. He latched onto a pass from Easdale and demonstrating how Rapid he is, pushed the ball past the defender. Over 15 yards Lowdell took 10 off his marker moving into the box the defender clipped lowdell’s heels. Penalty to Ashington. Lowdell rose to take it, smashing it low to the keepers right.
Easdale capped a fine display with an low finish late in the game from a rebound. The second rebound of the day dispatched by the team. This shows a good appetite to push for goals, work hard and follow in chances in case they break kindly.
It was a quiet game for the defenders who played the majority of the game around the half way line. Goodchild and Blackburn doing the basics well, imposing themselves physically on their opposite number and allowing the side to dominate possession in the correct areas of the pitch.
Although conceding twice in the league for the first time this season, Wheatley, was his usual unflappable self! He cleared his line well and came off his line to intercept 2-3 through balls well. The opposition goals came from the best chances the opposition created and both were finished well by Maidenbower.
Mace may have began the day as the sides only Substitute but, he was to put in a MOM display. Coming into the side at Left Centre back, Right Centre Back and Central midfielder. He was imperious on the day, timing his tackling and interceptions well, snuffing out breakaways and heading the ball bravely. However it was his passing that really made him stand out. Starting the play on two occasions with pinpoint passes that eventually led to goals for the Cougars. He got an assist with a well weighted through ball for Gorman to tear away behind the defence and slip the ball with the outside of his right foot past the onrushing keeper, run the other side of him and strike the ball into the empty net. Mace displays great maturity in embracing his defensive duties and it is great to see him enjoying playing a vital role for the team. Great effort Jamie.
Final Score: Maidenbower Colts 2 - 8 Ashington Cougars
Captain: Tom Easdale
MOM: Jamie Mace