This is the second league game of the season against Devizes who are unbeaten so far with two wins.
The starting line-up for Malmesbury is as follows:
GK – Harry
Defence – Tyler, Angus, Max, Samuel
Midfield – Josh , Ryan, Sam (W), Pete
Attack – Jasper, George
Subs – Ben, Jo, Jack
Referee: Jay Martin
Linesman – Andy Booth
Coaches: Jay Martin & Andy Waller
Catering: by Julie Cain
Dan was unavailable due to injury.
The game start with an early attacking spell by Malmesbury, followed by strong attack by Devizes. Malmesbury go on the attack breaks down and turns into an attack by Devizes, who shoot but wide.
A quick break out from defence leads to a crisp pass by Ryan to Jasper who is one on one with the keeper and scores. GOAL.
1 to nil
Devizes respond with a good attack but from a promising position they shoot high and wide.
The coaches ring the changes: Tyler, Samuel and Pete off and Jack, Jo & Ben on. Jack and Jo in defence and Ben in right mid.
M nearly caught early on and concede a free kick on the right wing. D take a free kick which leads to a shot on goal, great save by Harry on to the bar and then made safe by the defence.
M attack again but no real shot made. D make quick break but Harry is out quickly to snuff out any trouble. M return again to the attack great ball from midfield to Jasper who shoots and hits the bar. SO CLOSE…
D go into a period of sustained attack, the ball is crossed by D and is headed in for a GOAL.
1 – 1
The game settles into a midfield tussle, until M attack but keeper wins footrace to ball from M attackers. From resultant throw in Ryan shoots but wide. M attack again a cultured chip from George to Jasper who heads – OOH just over the bar.
D attack but Malmesbury defence works hard to push them wide. Another D attack leads to a GOAL.
1 – 2
M return to the attack but it snuffed out by the D defence. Another quick break out by M with Sam passing a sweet ball to Jasper who shoots, keeper saves by Jasper scores on the rebound. GOAL
2 – 2
But parity doesn’t last as M concentration drops which leads to a shot by D – GOAL
2 – 3
Second Quarter ends with the score 2 -3.
A tactical change by the coaches Ben off and Pete on.
The games start again with D on the attack but Max takes control and clears. Yet another attack D but ball well collected by Harry. D attacking is relentless but move smothered by the M defence but out for a corner. Well taken corner by D and they score – GOAL
2 – 4
Malmesbury come straight back and Jasper scores – GOAL
3 – 4
M continue to attack strong shot by Jasper is saved by the D keeper, followed thrusting run by Malmesbury leads to another shot saved by D keeper.
Third quarter end with M in the ascendancy with scores at 3 – 4
Sam and Samuel are withdrawn.
Ben returns to the action and Ryan is substituted.
M continue in a voracious attacking mood, which leads to several attacks, including a strong shot by Josh just passed the post. Jasper drives in to the box and taken down by the defender. Penalty.
Pete takes a penalty and scores but it doesn’t count, it has to be retaken, Pete is the calmest person on the pitch and retakes the penalty and scores GOAL
Back on even terms
4 – 4
The game continues in a lively manner, Malmesbury attack and D concede another penalty. This time the penalty taker is Josh who scores. GOAL
Malmesbury are in the lead.
5 – 4
D aren’t finished and go on the attack but the M defence shut it down.
Malmesbury return to the attack great cross by Josh, headed goalwards by Jasper. Pete dives to heads on the floor and Ben hammers the ball in the net. GOAL
6 – 4
D make one final attack which again is killed by a tight Malmesbury defence
The final whistle blows with the score at 6 – 4
The M fans breath a collective sigh of relief and applaud the whole Malmesbury team for a determined and battling performance. Well done to all the squad !!!
Next fixture Malmesbury South V Mere 5th October 2014 – COY REDS
Match Report by: Chris Cain