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
the lead but no one capitalising. Garnett however started piling on the pressure. Rob Wallace saw a fantastic low driven shot palmed away by the Henderson keeper for a corner. Marshall on the left wing whipped too crosses into the box, only for Normington to shoot then head wide. It was around the 70th minute mark a team took the lead, and happily for Garnett it was them. The battling Steve Cowles managed to shoot/pass the ball across the goal from left to right and Marshall slid in too nudge the ball in the net for his first of the season. Garnett were on top now and wasn’t long before a long range strike from Marshall hooked into the roof of the net giving Garnett a cushion and his second of the day. The demoralised Henderson side began to feel the wrath of a team who had waited a long time for a victory on Wednesday and it was a spectacular Atkinson strike from just beyond the half way line that sealed the game, as the keeper fumbled it into his net. With five minutes to go the team were 4:1 up and this may affected them in the latter sta ges as Henderson grabbed a scrappy consolation but this didn’t affect the team’s spirit, delighted with the result and finally a kick start to the season. The full time whistle blew, Garnett B 4, Henderson 2. The team ventured back to the Hancock for some free food and banter and meeting up with their fellow Garnett compatriots. The funniest moment by far, right back Kieran Holmes stating to flair maestro Normington his defensive heroics were class…only for it actually being a jibe at his poor shooting. I don’t think we have heard the last of this one folks, until next week, All the Best!

Author: Jambo

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
Subs: P.Elia

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.