14 Oct 2020 in Match Reports
Town 2-0 Abbey Hey
1st Home Game. 1st Home Win. 1st Clean Sheet.
A Matty Bryan smash coupled with a curler from Darius Palma gifted Town their inaugural home win of the season. But it wasn’t all plain sailing.
A Tale of Two Halves.
Hardly any motivating was needed for this fixture. A top of the table clash so early in the season, between two sides who will be gunning for promotion come May – it was always going to draw a crowd. 300 to be precise.
Yet, Town struggled to get into gear. The cagey opening exchanges prevented any progress for Town, whereas the visitors relished the tussle.
Abbey Hey took the game to Town, forcing Callum Jakovlevs into a hattrick of world class saves.
A curling effort by Rhys Clooney was met by the outstretched arm of Callum to keep the scores level. Town’s number 1 producing a superstar save to deny Clooney.
Callum then parried away Dylan Norris’ freekick - which looked all-set for the bottom left corner – before pulling off an improbable yet equally outstanding save at the goalmouth, amidst a scramble.
Jakovlevs putting in a strong case for Man of the Match, but most importantly, Town had weathered the storm.
Charles de Gaulle and Alexander the Great; historical figures who gave rousing speeches to their troops at times of need. Manager, James Kinsey must have given a speech in like manner, as the boys in blue raced into the lead within 90 seconds of the restart.
Jerome Wright’s left footed effort rebounded off the post into the path of Matty Bryan, who left nothing to chance. Clinically smashing the ball beyond Abbey Hey goalkeeper, Ross Heywood.
A complete turnaround from the first half. It may be the middle of October, but Town now had a spring in their step, dominating possession and forcing the opposition back into their own half.
With the score line now in their favour, Town’s midfield magicians took control of proceedings.
An ultimately quiet second half was capped off in the most beautiful fashion by Darius palma.
Ericstan Park broke into rapturous applause when Arjen Robben *sorry* Darius Palma curled an exquisite left-footed shot into the side netting.
Heywood watched on helplessly as Palma’s shot floated beyond him – seemingly in slow motion – securing the points for Town in the 86th minute.
That’s 2 in 2 now for Darius Palma; the winger has really hit the ground running and he’s getting the goals to show for it.
James Kinsey’s Post Match Thoughts:
“We started so slowly and was far too cautious. That’s not what we’re about. Callum has kept us in the game in the first half but I don’t expect anything different from him. He is a top, top keeper.
“At half time we spoke about going and expressing ourselves more. We was far too respectful in the first half and give them time to play. Second half was a different story and I thought we dominated. The lads were very good. The early goal right after half time helped but it is a huge win because I think Abbey Hey will be right up there.”