Not too long ago, this same fixture brought Colburn an emphatic 9-1 win. Last year we improved and despite being in the lead twice, we narrowly lost the game 3-2. It was going to be a close, hard fought game on a windy Saturday afternoon at Jaffa, or that is what everyone had thought. Our performance and the result showed just how far we have come in a few seasons.
There maybe some talk of “first teamers” coming in, which swayed the result in our favour. The truth is that Jason who was coming back from injury hasn’t really featured for the first team this year (came off at half time looking after his calf). Adam, has also been injured and needed some football (ended up at left back after Forbesy got injured). Gilroy was with us all pre-season any way (and came off just after half time) and Andy came into the nets and was generally a spectator anyway (cheers for helping out Andy, top lad mate).
When you consider that Kyle was missing, Andy Davo was missing, Nathan is still injured, the Walker twins weren’t available and Swanny is still to come in; given the performance we would have won this game anyway, maybe not so emphatically, it would have still been 3 points to Town Reserves.

The game kicked off with one enforced changed. Jamie was to start at RB following Kyle’s absence only for him to turn up just before kick off, so Tyler stepped in a right back and had a brilliant game. Our early pressure all over the pitch meant that Colburn couldn’t get the ball down and play and usual danger man Tom Sweeny had limited touches of the ball. We had some early chances too, the most notable one went to Eddie who tapped the ball wide from close range. The break- through came when a general scrabble around the box had Eddie passing the ball past the Colburn defender who slipped on the line and in doing so stuck out his hand to stop the ball crossing the line. It fell to Lewis who was offside and he tapped it in. The ref had a call to make. It was a goal or PK and sending off. In good spirit the goal stood.
Shortly after that, Gilroy had some good chances which he would have usually dispatched well, only for the keeper to make some decent saves. The second came when Gilroy became provider after a slick passing move up the pitch, had him slide the ball onto Eddie who passed the ball into the net for a great first time finish and a quality team goal.
Colburn pressed on to get back into it. Most notably down our left hand-side when Dan Deeney showed great pace down the line and then crossed the ball. The ball was slid into the corner by Colburn, generally against the run of play. After that it was one way traffic, and we got our third when Gilroy was clean through and the Colburn defender slid in, pretty high, wiping out the winger which resulted in a PK. The defender received a yellow for the challenge but could have seen red as it was a little naughty. Eddie was cool and tucked the PK away.
3-1 at half time and we had been by far the better team. Rammer instructed the side to keep doing the same and build on the lead. Changes were needed as Newall’s calf was tight and so Jamie came on at RB and Tyler replaced Shaun at LB. Captain Lugs came in to CB with Stead.

Shortly into the second half, Gilroy had an effort which came off the post and Walker who was a menace all day scuffed the rebound into the keeper. Shame, as the speedy forward deserved a goal for his general all-round play. We continued to stifle any attacks from Colburn with Harry and Lewis creating a formidable partnership in the centre of the park winning everything, and a defenders simply mopping anything else up, it was a joy to watch. The fourth goal came from Eddie who completed his hat-trick with a great volley from 25 yards. (just bloody shoot more Eddie, you dont need to run it into the nets lad). 4-1 and it really was game over. Colburn tried breaking down the right this time, but between Jamie and Steady, it came to nothing and Tyler had Deeney in his pocket in the second half. With Colburn trying to get something, there was more space now and our counter-attacking could have resulted in a goal nearly every time. Gilroy was off now with a knocked ankle and Rob Foth came on. Some good early runs from him and he was through with just the keeper to beat who ended up making a good save. Tom CB who helped dominate in midfield and attack was judged to be up ended in the box and we had another PK. Eddie stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way for 4 goals. He wasn’t finished though as he beat the off-side trapped and tapped the ball passed the keeper. That is 5 goals in 2 league games this season for the young winger.
Frustration was setting in for Colburn and with their CB getting sin-binned and then shouting something, saw a red card from the ref who thought it was directed at him. Colburn down to 10 men, the game totally out of sight.
After not featuring at all last week, Jordan came on for Tyler,to play left back and after 2 minutes, landed awkwardly dislocating his shoulder. He came off and it was back to 10 v 10. With only a few minutes to go, Colburn 6-1 down, Lewis decided he wanted to show exactly what he can do. Picking the ball up just inside his own half, the midfielder went on a mazy run, defenders were falling over as he weaved in and out of them, and getting into the box, his team mates urging him to shoot. Lewis had other ideas. He invited more defenders onto beat and one more obliged only for Lew to beat him too and then rifled his left footed shot in the bottom corner. A goal of the highest quality.
The full time whistle went shortly after and Colburn were probably happy it was over.

What did we learn lads:

1. Easily the best crop of young players to have at the club and will only get better.
2. Eddie needs to bring his girlfriend more often if he is going to get 5 goals a game.
3. Forbsey gets more injuries than Danny Weatherill (previously thought this was impossible)
4. Matty Turnball’s attitude is exemplary (sorry you didn’t get on Matty)
5. Working together, having great attitudes and working hard pays out with good performances and goals
6. Jay loves tomato sauce and mayonnaise mixed together (“makes brown sauce” weirdo)
7. More goals makes for longer reports and Kenny doesn’t have time for such long reports.
8. Sean was so far up the ref’s arse, we could only tell where the ref finished and Sean started as his ears wouldn’t go in.

Hawes at home next week boys. Nathan is hoping to be back, Davo and Kyle also back in and Walkers also back in (crossed fingers). Matty T starts (go team Matty). Let’s keep it going next week team.