Wed 2nd November 2005 Henderson A 2 (1) vs. (0) 4 Garnett B
After last week’s heroic comeback and noticeable uplift in form, Garnett B were looking to grab their first win of the season over a much respected Henderson A side. Garnett was without striker James Thompson and midfielder Will Johnson, but had their strongest starting eleven so far this season. Rob Wallace was set to make his debut in midfield, filling a much needed defensive vacancy. With the familiar 4-4-2 formation, the team at last looked to have some solidarity.
Both teams found it hard to build anything constructive in the early stages of the game, with passing not quite up to scratch due to the difficult conditions on the pitch. Nevertheless Wallace and Lavery battled hard in central midfield trying to find the forward combination of Cowles and Marshall who seemed to have developed a good understanding up top. It was Henderson who started creating the better chances, and several attacks were scrappily lofted away due to poor communication in the back four. It was an error in midfield from Garnett which led to Henderson surprising the Garnett defence with an instant attack and a superb finish from the right putting the opposition in front. The Garnett boys found this hard to stomach as they didn’t think either team had done enough to deserve a break through. Henderson with increased confidence launched several attacks on the Garnett goal from set pieces and breaks down the wings, with keeper Kroon pulling off some outstanding saves to keep his team in the game. The half ended with Garnett a goal down but far from down and out. Like so many times so far this season a different Garnett team stepped onto the pitch for the second half, Nunn stating as the rain started to pour, that it was “ultimate defending conditions.” Everyone was focussed and driven to get back into the game, tackles flying in, excellent passing moves and several chances on goal. Unfortunately Henderson had the chances as well, but once again the heroics of Kroon stood out, keeping the team in the game. Then it came, the goal Garnett had been waiting for, once again through the already fan favourite Steve Cowles who latched onto a through ball and finished with the killer instinct we are starting to expect from him. Garnett was suddenly on a high with Atkinson, Nunn and Lavery screaming victory intentions to the team, adding to the motivation already in existence. The game stayed level for a while with both teams having chances to take
Team: R.Kroon, K.Holmes, E.Chymera, C.Nunn, J.Royal, R.Wallace, C.Normington, L.Lavery, L.Marshall 2, S.Cowles 1, J.Atkinson 1
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