The Malmesbury South team:
Defenders: Joe, Dan, Max, Jack
Midfield: Charlie, Ben, Josh, Ryan
Attack: George, Jasper
Squad update: Angus is unavailable for selection due to injury but was welcomed on the side-lines to watch his team mates. Angus is expected to be back in action early in the New Year.
Coach: Jay Martin
Linesman: Steve Chivers
Catering by:Julie Cain
After last week’s fine cup win Malmesbury are back to the league against Trowbridge Town Wasps.
The referee blows the whistle and the game starts. Jasper goes on run and wins a corner. Jasper takes the corner which reaches Ryan who shoots but it’s blocked and out for a goal kick.
The game settles in to a midfield tussle with both sides battling for the ball. Trowbridge attack down the right, they shoot, Harry saves but Trowbridge score on the rebound.
GOAL 0 – 1
Trowbridge attack but a great recovery by Joe clears the danger. Its Malmesbury’s turn to attack with Jasper in a foot race with the keeper, but the keeper just gets there. Trowbridge attack but Ben shepherd’s it to safety.
The game swings again as Malmesbury break out from defence with Jasper in on goal, but Trowbridge clear for a corner. A sweet corner by Charlie in to the box, Jasper heads but wide.
The games swings to and fro as Trowbridge attacks are followed by Malmesbury attack. Dan makes a great interception of one of the attacks.
George passes to Jasper, and wins a free kick. Jasper takes it but wide. Trowbridge attack but this time Ben stop the attack in its tracks. George battles to win the ball, passes to Charlie who knocks it in to the box, several Malmesbury shots follow but stout defending by Trowbridge prevents Malmesbury from profiting.
After a further period of attack by Malmesbury, Trowbridge break out from defence and attack down the right, Trowbridge in on goal and shoot but the striker hits the post and the danger is cleared by the Malmesbury defence. The Malmesbury fans are nervous.
Trowbridge attack again put great sprinting by Jack gets him alongside the attacker and put him under pressure and the danger is cleared. Malmesbury attack, Ben passes to Ryan, Ryan shoots from close range, keeper saves but Ryan is there first to score the rebound.
GOAL 1 – 1
Trowbridge attack and Malmesbury concede a free kick, but the free kick hits the wall and the danger is cleared. Malmesbury break out with Jasper on the ball who wins a free kick. Charlie strikes the free kick goal bound, the keeper parries to ball to George who shoots but over the bar.
This time Trowbridge go on the attack but great defending by Dan clears the danger. Another break out by Trowbridge who are in on goal, shoot but high. It’s Malmesbury’s turn to go on a charge, lovely skill by Joe to Jasper, Jasper to Ben who surges down the left. Ben shoots but the keeper saves.
Trowbridge attack but great defending by Jack and Dan hold them at bay. Trowbridge shoot but Harry saves and collects. Josh is working hard in midfield to win the ball back to get Malmesbury back on the attack.
Malmesbury are under pressure and concede a free kick, great free kick but Harry saves, the ball stays live and Trowbridge shoot but wide. A period of desperate defending by Malmesbury follows but they hold out until the referee blows his whistle for half time.
HALF TIME 1 – 1
At half time Ben is withdrawn and Pete is on. The referee blows his whistle and the second half kicks off. Malmesbury start the second half in attacking mood, Jasper shoots but keeper collects. A Trowbridge attack is stopped by a great tackle by Pete. Malmesbury return to the attack and win a corner, Ryan takes but the keeper collects.
Trowbridge break out and are in on goal, But Joe put pressure on the defender who shoots wide. Trowbridge surge forward again and are in on goal but again Harry saves – oooh that was close.
Malmesbury relieve the pressure, George passes to Jasper but given offside, Malmesbury continue to attack with George taking a speculative shot but wide. Josh battles to win the ball in midfield, passes to George who hits a sweet ball to Jasper, who shoots but keeper saves. Malmesbury continue to attack, Josh picks up the ball in midfield and hits a speculative shot but wide. Malmesbury continue to lay siege to Trowbridge goal. Great battling by Max wins the ball, passes to Jasper who shoots but just wide. Josh wins a header passes to George who shoots but wide.
Trowbridge return to the attack but again Dan stops the danger. Malmesbury attack down the right with good interplay between Jasper and George, but a great tackle stops the attack. This time Malmesbury attack through the middle, Jasper passes to George who shoots but keeper saves.
Ryan is withdrawn and Ben returns to the fray in midfield.
Malmesbury continue to attack and win a corner. Charlie takes and knocks it to the danger area but a great defensive header stops the attack. The battle in midfield rages on with both side working hard for the ball. Max surges out from the back but his halted by stout Trowbridge defending.
George is withdrawn and Ryan returns to the fray.
Malmesbury attack, Jasper shoots but keeper collects. Pete collects the ball in midfield and cracks it, but high. Next attack, Jasper to Charlie who shoots but wide. Malmesbury continue to attack and win a free kick on the left 20 yards out from goal. Ryan steps and thumps it high in to the top corner. What a goal!!
GOAL 2 – 1
George returns to the fray and Josh is withdrawn.
Lovely passing between Charlie, Ryan and Max but just offside. Long surging run by Pete, passes to Ben who surges forward. Trowbridge return to the attack but great defending by Jack and Pete see off the danger. Dan heads out from defence to Ryan who picks up the ball and cracks the ball from 20 yard plus into the top of the goal. Whoa another great goal for Ryan who has a hat trick.
GOAL 3 – 1
Malmesbury continue attack down the right and win a throw in. Charlie throws to Ben who shoots and scores despite the efforts of the Trowbridge defender on the line.
GOAL 4 – 1
Trowbridge return to the attack but Jack battles to win the ball and see off the danger.
The referee blows the final whistle and brings to and end a great game of skill and endeavour.
FINAL SCORE 4 – 1
Well done to both sides who played with skill and passion.
Match Report by: Chris Cain