Report by Steve Benyon
EDS 1 Squad vs Lancaster and Myerscough
On Wednesday September 26th 2018, 15 of the Performance Phase players faced Lancaster and Myerscough at home in the second league game within the ECFA Category 1 Region A League.
It was a chance to provide a number of debuts to more first year players. The squad was altered slightly from last week, as in came CJ Craven, Harry Bower, Lewis Dutton, Josh Bailey and Ethan Short.
The starting 11 began the game brilliantly, carving through the opposition to create endless chances, and were rewarded with a rare Liam Ihekwoaba goal from a set play and an Ethan Short goal to go into the break 2-0 up.
Half-time the message was clear, keep doing what you are doing, but be ruthless. With the upmost respect to the opposition, the scoreline could have been 8 or 9 by half-time, if it wasn’t for some poor finishing and questionable decision making in and around the box.
The boys came out for the second half, much in the same fashion, finding teammates in the half spaces well, and were rewarded with 2 quick fire goals through James Rutter and a Callum Jones penalty.
Again more chances were missed again due to questionable finishing and decision making, with help from the bar and post on 4 occasions, but we managed to score another 2 goals through Liam Parry and Alex Cadman to finish the game 6-0 winners.
Surprisingly, looking on as a spectator from above, you would think I would have been ecstatic with a 6-0 home win, but in all honesty I was left disappointed with what could have been. As previously stated we could have had a lot more goals, and its ok creating the chances, but we now need to be ruthless as a team in both boxes and get into good habits.
Nevertheless no injuries, 5 different goal-scorers and a clean sheet means overall a good day at the office.
16. CJ Craven (C)
12. Josh Bailey
18. Louis Bradford
6. Liam Ihekwoaba
5. Aaron Lloyd
8. Ethan Short
10. Cal Jones
9. Liam Parry
25. James Rutter
14. Harry Bower
29. Owen Jones
After today’s impressive performance, we now turn our immediate attention to recovering and preparing for Friday’s College Trophy game away at Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
A few players will naturally drop-out due to Saturday club loan commitments, as well as a number of players coming back into the squad, but the message will remain the same…be ruthless and clinical in both boxes, as we as a club have set a long cup run, which hopefully will start with an away victory
Friday’s game is a 12.00 noon kick-off.
Best of luck to the first team who are away to Cardiff Met on Sunday, and with the Under 19’s having no game, this will provide me with an opportunity to go cast an eye over upcoming opponents.