The Malmesbury U14 South team:
Defenders: Jack, Dan, Pete
Midfield: Max, Kyle, Ben, Charlie, Josh
Attack: Jasper, Ryan
Substitutes: Angus, Sam
Squad update: George is still unavailable due to injury.
Coaches: Jay Martin and Andy Waller
Linesman: Andy Booth
Catering: By Julie Cain ably assisted by Alison Marsh.
On a grey and cold day at the Red Bull Malmesbury South return to league action after their win last time out in the Cup. Today’s game is against Bradford who on two previous occasions have beaten Malmesbury South. In a keenly contested game with both sides working hard, Malmesbury eventually run out winners in this tight contest.
In the early stages of the game Malmesbury have the upper hand, with one attack leading to Kyle pulling the ball back to Ryan whose shot is firm and accurate. GOAL.
1 – 0
Bradford raise their game but strong defending by Malmesbury by Jack, Dan & Pete stops several promising Bradford attacks.
A lovely long ball from Max was headed on to Ben, who shoots in to the side netting. Oh close.
Malmesbury attack again with a Bradford back header falling to Ryan who shoots and hits the bar. Bradford surge back and Malmesbury concede a free quick in a dangerous position and Bradford take and hit the cross bar.
Several good Malmesbury attacks follow but good Bradford defending stop Malmesbury from profiting. Bradford attack and are in on goal but shoot wide.
Another promising Malmesbury attack follows and the ball drops to Josh who shoots but over the bar.
As the half draws to a close Bradford win a corner, but again the Malmesbury defence clears the danger.
HALF TIME SCORE 1 – 0
At half time the Malmesbury coaches make some changes as Ryan and Max are withdrawn, with Angus and Sam joining the contest.
Malmesbury continue to attack with Ben pinging a long ball though the middle, just too strong for Kyle. Bradford counter are one on one with Harry, shoot but a great save from Harry!!
Bradford attack again but strong defending by Pete curbs the danger. Josh is withdrawn and Ryan returns to the fray. Sam continues to battle down the left wing while Angus works hard in the CDM.
Bradford break out again and are in on goal but again Harry makes a great save. Malmesbury return to the attack and Charlie takes a long range shot but saved. Malmesbury win a free kick, Ryan strikes it goal wards but the keeper collects.
Bradford attack and from a throwing into the box, shoot and score. GOAL
1 – 1
Malmesbury return to the attack with a ball through the middle with Jasper in a foot race with keeper, but the keeper just gets there. Another Malmesbury attack and Jasper is fouled in the box – penalty. Charlie steps to take the penalty and scores. GOAL
2 – 1
After a few tense minutes the referee blows the final whistle.
FINAL SCORE 2 – 1
Men of the Match – Jack and Pete.
Congratulations to Malmesbury for a spirited performance.
Next game in the Cup, Amesbury v Malmesbury South – 11am 22nd March 2015 at Leafy Lane Corsham SN13 0LD.