After the elation of yesterday, I thought I'd put my thoughts down in words.
We lined up 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 dependong on which way you look at it.
Brainy in goals is a certan starter,
Zac is our best left back, and I'd start him every game there
Rod MacDonald - man mountain, destined for greater things and gets better every game
Mossy - You can't beat experience and the way he reads a game is great, just wish we could knock 10 years off his age - the new Tinson - if he was as clinical facing goal, as he was defending, he'd be our leading scorer this season.
Flynny - Mr Versatile and our leader - exposed by their left back and left winger a bit yesterday, but stuck to his task well considering he was on a yellow after 30 minutes.
Lewis - him and Zac work well together on the left, a really good partnership, his game was ended early by a cynical challange from behind that didn't even earn a yellow card.
Christian Smith - enigmatic, undoubtedly got the skill, but has got to realise you can't stroll through these games and have to put 90 minutes graft and commitment in.
Cookey - skill by the bucketful, just needs to be involved more in the game
Beesley - A few don't see what he offers, but in my opinion is a great player, he links up play well, brings other players into the game and sets up chances - take your blinkers off lads - this lad is quality
Niall - see my other post - the most underrated player in our squad - the 2nd name I'd have down on the teamsheet after Brainy.
Will Jones - I like what I've seen of Will so far, a grafter, gets stuck - he'll score goals with the right service.
Subs - Mclachlan for Smith - match changing sub- we suddenly had more purpose, urgency and bite in midfield
Matt Bailey for Will Jones - their commanding centre half went off and was replaced by Viv Anderson's son, who was like a startled rabbit in headlights - I'd like to think Quinny saw this as an opportunity to bring Bails on and bully him, which he did.
Final sub was Lewis off due to a bad challange and Josh Lane on, who created both goals.
In summary - first half was two teams evenly matched- they just edged possesion, but we most probably edged the chances, the best one falling to Mossy who shot wide from about 10 yards out. Although they had a short from about 30 yards which Brainy watched cannon back off the crossbar, without moving (but as I said to Eddie, the posts are only there to hold the nets up, and it doesn't count as a shot on target.
As the 2nd half got underway, my mind drifted back to Chorley the week earlier,as the first half was similar, but after the first five minutes and it remained goalless I began to relax.......mistake.
FCUM scored...... a good run by Wolfenden, a tackle by one of our defenders (Mossy?) but the ball broke for Wolfenden and in a 1 on 1 with Brainy he dispatched it in the back of the net.
At this point FCUM seemed to declare at 1-0 and we got at them and domintated the rest of the game.
The subs were made and the game changed - Cookey had a shot from the half way line, the keeper pulled off a great save tumbling backwards, which the ref then gave as a goalkick
. Lewis had a cross come shot the keeper palmed onto the bar, Mossy had a header from a cross (may have been a corner) which narrowly missed the post.
The first goal was created by Josh on the right wing, which he pulled back to Niall on the penalty spot and he scored in off the lefthand post.
The winner was again created by Josh on the right, picks out Bails who smashed an absolute screamer into the roof of the net (okay he threw a leg at it, scuffed it, it bobbled, rolled and crept into the bottom left handcorner) but it counted just as much as Cookeys worldy goal at Kendal and earned the same number of points. - Cue delerium in the away end by the small but loyal band of green army (why we take less to FCUM than most other away games is a mystery to me, don't judge their away following at the Dabber Dome to their home supporters, they are a good bunch).
All in all, another good day at at FCUM, added to the fact that the cricket team won the Cheshire league for the third successive season, another day to say..... Proud to be a Dabber.