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U15s - Match Report

Hail Rovers!

(Dave Robinson 11/02/2018)

4    Congleton Rovers JFC U15s
6    Tarvin Athletic U15 Whites

(Match Date: Sunday 11th February 2018)
Continuing their impressive, ever improving football, Rovers braved extreme winter conditions to put on a superb overall display to emerge narrowly defeated by league high flying Tarvin, who put 15 past the team on a previous encounter.

From the kick off, Rovers showed their intent with Perry almost opening the scoring within a minute as they dispossessed Tarvin from the start and was about to unleash a shot before a last-ditch tackle saved the visitors. After a period of confident passing and possession, Rovers deservedly took the lead when Barnes finished well into the bottom left from the edge of the area. Tarvin looked somewhat rattled as Rovers continued to play their ‘total football’ with Clark and Dolman winning the midfield encounters and allowing the home side to take control of the game. It was no surprise that when Tarvin did find an equaliser, it was a long ball over the top, utilising their front-line pace. Undeterred, Rovers continued to play their game and were soon ahead as Robinson pulled the ball back from the by-line and set up Barnes for his and Rovers second. Robinson almost made it three with a blistering shot which rebounded off the crossbar. Tarvin found another equaliser with a shot from outside the area and were slowly growing into the game and Lancaster provided a superb block to prevent the away side taking the lead. Man of the match Barnes, rounded off a superb first half with a great solo goal for his third hattrick in as many weeks, and after the best half of football Rovers have played this season, the team went into the break ahead.

In the second half, Rovers faced into a strong wind and a Tarvin side clearly instructed to play as many long balls as possible. Lowe, Simpson and Molloy met an onslaught of high balls as the game became less flowing and Rovers effective midfield became isolated. The Tarvin long ball game paid dividends as they broke away and scored two in quick succession to take the lead for the first time in the game. Rovers continued to work hard down both flanks to create chances but as the game stretched, Tarvin were able to play the counter attack effectively with Rovers defence being pushed into more frantic defending rather than being able to retain possession. During this period of the game Tarvin were able to continue to dominate the offensive play and despite an excellent save from Muirhead, they were able to score a further two goals giving them a comfortable and somewhat unrepresentative lead. The determined home side continued to work hard to create and late in the game were rewarded with a further goal as Frost finished a smart move, receiving a square ball from Perry on the edge of the area and struck a fine low shot into the bottom left corner.

As the final whistle blew, the game compared with their previous meeting, served as a real benchmark for how for the team has developed over the course of the season and despite the result, the team can take much confidence from their all-round display providing in periods, and particularly the first half, their very best football to date.

Team: Muirhead, Lancaster, Simpson, Dolman, Molloy, Lowe, Clark, Barnes (C), Robinson, Dale, Frost, Perry.