JPL One Midlands U16s
- competition : JPL One Midlands U16s
- date : 04/01/2020
- time : 13:30
- comment :
Gornal v Halesowen Town Colts
Gornal met Halesowen as both teams welcomed in 2020. At a fixture moved to the homes side trainng venue, crisp, bright sunshine met both sides.
Gornal started the brighter enjoying good possession in positive areas. However they didn't make the most of their time on the ball count. Halesowen have players with blistering pace and good strength. Once Halesowen began to gain some territory they were direct and placed good balls into the Gornal 18 yard box. Poor defending and transitional awareness cost Gornal as Halesowen raced into a 2-0 lead with finishes both from semi cleared defensive efforts within the box.
Gornal rallied briefly and were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed for offside when a seemingly goal bound effort was additionally nodded in by a player in an offside position.
Halesowen went down the other end and punished Gornal once more for poor defending. Halesowen were 3-0 up in less than half an hour.
Credit to Gornal who found some inner belief and began to play forward and ask questions of the Halesowen structure. On 30 minutes Woody Norman nipped in at the back post to score and lift Gornal spirits. Six minutes later Gornal were right back in the match after a 60 yard run from centre half Freddie Barnes and delightfully weighted pass set in on goal the ever dangerous Jim Westwood. He made no mistake with the timing of his run to beat the GK with a sharp finish to make the match 3-2.
Gornal had the momentum and half time came just at the wrong time for them.
Into the second half at Halesowen recovered well and were again a threat going forward. Gornal were guilty of making bad final third decisions, which, against Halesowen, is dangerous as they break on transition with such spead and directness that within seconds they often found themselves quickly on the edge of the Gornal box. Halesowen scored an absolute rasper on the hour from fully 25 yards to make it 4-2. This took the wind out of Gornals sails, who found they couldn't push into dangerous areas quite so often as Halesowen had tightened up. Josh Brooks was unfortunate to be denied one on one with ten to go, which would have set up a grandstand finish. In fact it was Halesowen who notched a fifth with the last kick of the match.
A slighty flattering scoreline, but, in reality, a victory Haleswowen deserved on the day. We look forward to our aay fixture with James and the players.
On this form Haleswowen shall be challenging for the top two spots.
Honourable mention to Gornals Harrison Cook, who made his come back from a four month injury lay off after a bad elbow break and surgery.
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