This is the fourth league game of the season for Malmesbury South is away against Devizes who have to date won two games and suffered one defeat (to Malmesbury South) in the league to date. The starting line-up for Malmesbury is as follows:

GK – Harry (returns in goal)
Defence – Ryan, Angus, Max, Jack
Midfield – Pete, Charlie, Josh, Ben
Attack – Jasper, George
Subs – None
Linesman – Andy Booth
Coaches: Jay Martin & Andy Waller
Dan still unavailable due to injury.

First Half
Malmesbury are in their changed strip of dark blue and purple and the home team Devizes are in red & white striped shirts.
M mount any early attack and shot by Ben is pushed out for a corner by Dev’s keeper. The resultant corner is headed on by Ben to Jasper but the keeper collects
The game swings and Dev attack but Pete across quickly to clear. M break and Pete strides forward, but attack is resisted by Dev. The following Dev attack leads to M conceding a free kick. A great free kick looks like a certain goal but Harry dives to the left and saves – ooh that was close. M are under pressure, another Dev free kick but high.
M go on the attack but it breaks down and leads to a quick break by Dev but Harry is out quickly to take the ball away from the attacker. A Dev corner follows but this is headed wide.
The games settles into a midfield tussle until a through ball from M midfield puts Jasper in a foot race with the keeper but the Dev keeper just gets there. Jasper surges down the left wing and crosses the ball to the middle but George can’t quite reach it.
Dev return to the attack, great shot by Dev but Harry pushes it out for a corner, but Dev’s corner goes straight out for a goal kick.
Some crisp passing in midfield between Ben & George leads to an M attack, but attack soon turns into defence as Dev break out quickly and M concede another corner. Dev head towards goal but Harry collects the ball.

A fabulous pass out of defence by Max to Pete, who takes a touch shoots and scores GOAL.
0 – 1

Dev respond and go on the attack, Ryan tracks back putting the Dev attacker under pressure and Harry collects.

M surge forward crisp passing between George, Josh and Charlie including lovely close control by Charlie who passes to Jasper, who chips but the keeper saves. Another M attack leads to a goal mouth melee with several shots being blocked by Dev defenders, the ball comes out to Jasper but his shot is wide. COY Reds.

In the next attack Dev concede a free kick 20 yards out, Pete steps up strikes a curling free kick towards the top corner of goal, but the Dev keeper makes a fine save to push it over the bar.

Max and Pete take a quick short corner which leads to great cross which rebounds to Jasper who scores. GOAL
0 – 2

M continue in an attacking mood, a great ball from Charlie puts Jasper one on one with the keeper, Jasper shoots but keeper saves. Dev respond but a promising attack is cut out by great defending by Ryan. M break out and Dev concede a free kick. The resultant free kick leads to header to Jasper but just wide.

Dev attack down the wing but the ball is cut out majestically by Angus.

Great interplay in midfield between Pete and Josh leads to another M attack but the Dev defence stops the danger. In the tussle of the game two Dev players collide and number 11 is withdrawn by Dev due to injury.

The game restarts and Dev attack but danger is averted by smart work between Max, Angus and Harry. M go on a surging run through midfield and Dev concede a free kick 20 yards out. Charlie takes the free kick from 20 yards, great strike but keeper saves.

The game swings and Dev go on several attacks, great battling by Ryan wins the ball in midfield. Dev attack and their attacker is through on Harry, Harry rushes out gets the ball and collides with the attacker. The referee awards a free kick to Dev and gives Harry a yellow card, but Harry saves the free kick. Well done Harry!!

Jack despite suffering from an injury continued to battle on although clearly in some discomfort doing great defensive and attacking work down the left side.

Half Time Score 0 – 2

M coaches make a positional change at half time with Pete dropping back in to defence and Ryan coming forward to midfield.

M continue the second half as they finished the first, M break out from defence with a great ball from Ryan but Dev kill off the attack. Dev concede a free kick, Angus steps up hits a great ball into the box, but George can’t bring it under control. Dev go on the attack first attack is stopped by a great tackle by Pete. Dev attack, shoot, hit the post and back to Harry – ooh that was close.

M break out from defence with a lovely ball by Josh to Jasper, Jasper shoots the keeper saves but Jasper scores on the rebound. GOAL

0 – 3

M have got their tales up, great footwork by Angus and a sweet ball to Jasper who is clean through but fouled. Referee produces a yellow card to the Dev defender.

Ryan picks up the ball in midfield and goes on a surging run, in on goal strikes and scores!!!
GOAL

0 – 4

Dev attack but threat is dismissed by Pete and Max. The next Dev attack is extinguished by Harry who is quick off his line.

Jasper surges down the right wing, shows great persistence and wins a corner. From the corner, George shoots but the keeper saves, conceding another corner. Great corner by Charlie leads to a header by Josh, but again saved.

Jack hits a great ball to Jasper in the six yard box who heads, but it is gathered by the keeper.

A quick break-out from mid-field has Jasper one-on-one with the defender, who concedes a free kick. Charlie hits a sweet free kick into the danger zone, but there is no space for the attackers to profit.

Dev go on the attack, but the initial attack is thwarted by a great tackle by Pete. Dev attack again and curl a shot into the corner. GOAL.

1 – 4

Dev attack and score, but it is given off-side. NO GOAL.

Dev are still in attacking mood, which leads to a shot and Harry scrambles it to safety of a corner.

A further two Dev corners follow, but these are dealt with by stout M defence.

M relieve the pressure by going into attack, Josh shoots, but it is collected by the keeper. Jasper goes on a break, shoots, but the defender does a great block to stop the danger.

Dev go on the attack and score from a speculative long-range shot. GOAL.

2 – 4

M attack again, and Jasper is one-on-one with the keeper, shoots, but keeper saves. Ryan has a great surging run through mid-field, but it is killed-off by the Dev defence.

M are under pressure and Dev attack, which leaves a striker one-on-one with the keeper, but Harry is brave and collects the ball.

Jasper picks up a yellow card in later stages of the game.

M work hard to defend their lead and the Referee blows the final whistle. Phew!!!!

Final Score: 2 – 4 Phew AGAIN!!!!!

Well done to all the boys for some fantastic football and great battling, particularly Jack who despite carrying an injury played until the end of the match.

Next fixture Malmesbury South v Mere – 9th November 2014 – COY REDS

Match Report by: Chris Cain