JPL One Midlands U16s
- competition : JPL One Midlands U16s
- date : 11/01/2020
- time : 11:00
- comment :
Gornal Athletic v Gloucester Development FC
Gornal returned to Garden Walk for the first time since September. They welcomed Gloucester with the two sides last matching up in early December
A grey but dry morning welcomed the two sides, this changed in the second half when the drissle arrived along with a swirling wind.
The match kicked off with Gornal starting well enough, with a number of half chances and crosses coming into Gloucesters box. Gloucester got going and began to put together nice passages of play without too much troubling GK Kai.
The rain commenced and a pitch which was ok began to get sticky. Lots of endevour was shown but both sides were loosing possession rather cheaply. After 26 minutes Gornal opened the scoring. In a hectic 18 yard box, Harrison Cook, making his first start in over four months after a broken elbow, showed composure and a deft touch. Cookie pulled the ball out of the sir, set himself to produce a classy half volleyed lob, on the angle, to lift the ball over the GK and into the top corner. 1-0 Gornal.
Gornal failed to convert a few more good opportunities and Gloucester were always in the match. Half time 1-0.
The second half began and for 15 minutes Gornal moved the ball well with nice combinations and a range of passing. From one such move Zaine Smith cut in from the left and delightfully lifted the ball over the advancing GK to put Gornal 2-0 up after 50 minutes. Gornal went on to miss a glorious opportunity to finish off the fixture. This spurred on Gloucester who began to push higher and place the Gornal side under tremendous defensive pressure. They asked many questions of the Gornal defensive structure. Gornal, were now giving back possession far too easily in dangerous areas. A nicely slid through ball onto an advancing midfielf run allowed Gloucester to half the arrears. 2-1. Gloucester were now knocking on the door in search of a point, but, in reality, Gornal were able to defend and see the time out to take the points.
A match full of endevour and energy in testing conditions. Good luck to Nick and his boys for the rest of the year.
- Gornal FC
- match summary
- Gloucester Development