A 3-2 defeat last night at home to AFC and the opportunity to climb six places in the table lost with it.
First 25 minutes we was really good taking the lead with Jay Salkeld grabbing a a debut goal with a neat finish and AFC struggling to get ball off us and it should have been 2-0 when a ball was flashed across the box and three Red shirts didn’t react quick enough.
AFC got back into the game after a nothing ball was picked up and coming down the right hand side the right back hit a cross come shot and just as our luck has been in recent weeks Owen Jones deflected it past Theo.
The game was end to end with Tom McNamara having two good chances but both keepers had little to do for all the players endeavour.
A bright start to the second half and we should have been back in the lead when Liam Morris put it on a plate for Connor Mccarthy who hit the keeper with a close range header and within a minute we was behind.
Josh Dobie winning a header just inside our half and with no reaction to the second ball AFC win it and break way too easy and the finish was simple.
AFC were reduced to ten men when the skipper seen red for a second bookable offence and we looped to step it up but a poor ball from Josh Dobie inside the AFC half seen us countered with ease and it was 3-1.
We got a lifeline when Shay Stansfield was fouled inside the box Connor McCarthy stepping up to score and we thought we had a equaliser also when Shay seen his shot blocked but skimming into the path of Connor’s Mc who put it away but the flag went up.
We huffed and puffed after that, with a few soft long range efforts and with a few lads bizarrely not pulling the trigger when in dangerous areas.
Other than the first 25-30 minutes when we controlled the game, we was undone way to easy after turning over possession and AFC looked the more controlled side in the final third, we can highlight the loss of 3/4 players through injury/suspension from last weeks side who best Glossop away costing us quality but those who in got moved about have to be better.
Montage Memorabilia MOM went to Jay Salkeld on his debut who grabbed a goal and looked our main threat with the ball at his feet. ??
A much needed weekend off for us all after a pretty tough schedule but we go into knowing a massive opportunity to climb the table has been lost and the performance was the story of our season.
Near 200 in attendance last night we thank you all for making the effort on another dismal night for the weather.
Longridge at home a week Saturday is up next.
We Go Aagin.
Up The Breck.