Wed 16th November 2005 Garnett A 2 (1) vs. (1) 2 Athletico Jizzmen

Garnett were up against an old foe this week when they took on the Jizzmen. Unfortunately a game of this standing had to be played on the infamous under 7's sized patch at Redhall which the Garnett boys knew from the off was to their disadvantage.

The game started ok for the green and black. With no room in which to operate the A's tried to use their plan B which was to get the ball upto their talismatic target man Allen who revelled in his ariel duel with the Jizzmen centre backs.

In a scrappy opening 25 minutes the A's just shaved the possession stats and were unlucky not to go ahead sooner when powerful running by Pearce saw his long range effort tipped onto the bar by the Jizzmen keeper.

However soon after the A's got the breakthrough when some good work down the right saw a cross of some quality put to the back post. Mullan straining to get ahead of his marker managed to chest down for the on rushing Hill to score, confirming his status as the A's answer to Frank Lampard with his third goal in as many games.

With the play congested one goal was never going to be enough in this game and it was Jizzmen who struck next when their talented but whiney right winger took a first time shot as the ball arrived to him on the top right edge of the box. Harty was beaten as the bounce evaded his outstretched right hand and his frustration was obvious.

As halftime approached it was clear the A's needed the break to regroup and try and work out how best to adapt to the lack of space.
The half time talk semmed to fall on deaf ears as the A's struggled again after the break and it was Jizzmen who almost went ahead when like the first half Jizzmen's right sided player had another go from distance which Harty managed to save and concede a corner.

It was Jizzmen however who got the breakthrough when a hopefull long punt found the big Jizzmen striker who controlled well and slotted home.

This fired the A's into life and Pearce hit the woodwork again when a long throw from Mullan saw Pearce rise only to see his header somehow hit the inside of the post and stay out.
Next it was Heslop's turn to hit the frame of the goal when his free kick was expertly bent over the wall and crashed against the bar with the Jizzmen keeper well beaten.

With Luck just not going the A's way Harty and Mullan rang the changes and brought on rapid striker Emmet for Tomei and talented fresher Polzin replaced Jackson.
The equaliser follwed when the ever dependable Allen raced onto a through ball over the top to slot past the Jizzmen keeper and rescue a point for the A's.

Garnett could have stole it in the end when another Heslop freekick was tipped over by the impressive Jizzmen keeper.

All in all Jizzmen can thank the woodwork for the result today but it is more dropped points for the green and black and while still in contention will have to work hard to overhaul pace setters Z-Lions. atb

Author: Harty

Team: K Harty, J.Mills, C.Jackson (G.Poltzin), C.Pearce, M.Brown, A.Smith, D.Mullen, M.Hill 1, C.Allen 1 (MoM), N.Heslop, H.Tomei (S.Emmet)

NB: The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the
views of the Gosforth Garnett Bohemian Football Club as a whole.