U15 - Midlands East Division
- competition : U15 - Midlands East Division
- date : 24/11/2018
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Catt Pounces to Rob Diamonds
Netherton United made it Six wins from Seven as they continue their challenge for the JPL East Midlands League Title.
AFC Rushden and Diamonds were the visitors to The Grange, on a cold and grey November morning.
United started with a changed 352 formation; Loui Catt and Lukas Vaickelionis given the mammoth tasks of playing the wing back roles, and Ryan Thomas partnered Jakub Nowicki up front.
The home side started well and were looking positive on the ball and could of scored inside the first 5 minutes, however Nowicki delayed too long and was soon crowded out and the chance passed.
Ryan Thomas was looking lively and after ten minutes he skipped past the full back and crossed a nice ball into the box where Loui Catt was first to the ball and he headed home at the back post to give United an early lead. (1-0)
Just one minute later a mistaken throw out from Netherton keeper Berezowski went straight to the Rushden winger, who took it nicely in his stride and he had time and space to cross for the centre forward to head an equaliser. (1-1)
Ryan Thomas was enjoying his role up front and he soon restored the lead after running onto a nice through ball from Younus, he took one touch to side step the defender before executing a deft and cheeky lob over the Goalkeeper. (2-1)
The sides then played out the rest of the opening quarter in a very high tempo but went in at the break with no further goals.
The second quarter was a very even affair with both sides having lots of good possession and reacting well during transitions of play. Although despite a few corners and the odd free Kick, no real scoring chances were created as the sides went into the Half Time break.
United Manager Roberts had told his players at Half Time, to concentrate and keep playing the ball wide to Catt or Vaickelions, and that he could only see Rushden scoring if his side made a mistake (like the first goal).
Sadly, that mistake came in the 43rd minute, when an attempted cushioned header by Wayne Cort went slightly wide of the United keeper who had charged from his goal to collect the ball, however Cort was seemingly unaware of this and his nod back just clipped Berezowski's outstretched fingers and the ball fell nicely and left an open goal for the challenging Rushden forward. (2-2)
Despite this set back, United were the dominant side throughout the third period, with Catt and Thomas causing lots of problems for the Rushden defence.
However the third period ended with the sides still level at 2-2.
United believed they were the stronger side and could go on to win the game, and with first team Manager Jon Harrison watching the game with Roberts; he pointed out that Catt was the main threat and outlet for United and that having him, Nowicki and Thomas as a front three would give Rushden problems, while having a solid back four would make sure the risks of three up front were countered by the extra defender. Euan Hattersley given the fourth defender role and executing it perfectly alongside, Cort, Henderson and Vaickelionis.
The change of formation worked very well, and once again Catt, Thomas, Nowicki and the three midfielders were controlling the game.
Ryan Thomas was having a great game and his hold up and link play deserves a special mention.
The third goal (67 mins) however was a bit fortunate after a soft tackle on the very skillful Hashim Hussain sent him tumbling inside the area. Referee Howard awarded what looked like a slightly generous penalty although he was in a better position than most to witness the contact.
With Bob Horne on the bench, Lewis Leesons stepped up to take the kick and he neatly tucked it away. The referee then made him re-take the kick after a few United players had entered the Penalty area before the kick was taken. Nervy moments for Leesons as he reset to take the Penalty again, but he tucked it away in the exact same spot and gave his side a deserved lead. That's three goals in three games now for the midfielder. (3-2)
The positional change for Catt gave him the freedom and space to go forward, without the worry of defensive duties.
He was a constant outlet on the left and very soon the pacey defender turn striker linked up well with Jakub Nowicki who’s inch perfect pass fell nicely into Catt’s stride and was neatly side footed into the corner of the net from the edge of the 18 yard box. (4-2)
The Rushden Manager said that Netherton were the best team they had played this season, and were very gracious in defeat.
We wish Ryan and his team all the best for the rest of the season.
United in fairness were good value for the win and took all three points to take them top of the Junior Premier League following MK Dons failure to beat local rivals MK Gallacticos.
MOTM: Loui Catt
United are in East Midlands Futsal League action next weekend with a double header vs Boston and then Wellingborough at The Kettering Science Academy.
- Netherton United Fc
- match summary
- AFC Rushden & Diamonds