How unnecessary was that?

Posted: January 21st, 2012 by Andreas

Rayners Lane 3 – Penn & Tylers Green FC 1

During the Middle Ages the Rayners Lane road was used for transporting grain to the mill on Pinner Green. Well at present times there was evidence of tons of sand being transported during the week to make the pitch playable. To be fair the men at Rayners Lane worked very hard to get the game on but the playing surface is definitely suffering.

Grimmo fires them up

On a very windy afternoon Penn & Tylers Green FC went to The Tithe Farm Social Club with reasonable optimism after the last two good performances in the league. The game started off with the boys in blue and white pressing forward slightly having more of the game. Debut boy James Williams-Richardson and Owen Hunte-Millington causing a few problems for Rayners Lane’s defence early on.

Like so many games before this season territorial advantage could not be converted into goal opportunities. Rayners Lane tried to take the game to us but real shots on goal were not in evidence. It was another unnecessary mistake in midfield which gave the team in yellow and green their one nil lead. Once the striker had the opportunity he took the goal well but he should never have had the chance in the first place.

The stretch before the game

An injury to Antonio Sepede meant an early substitution with Adam Weedon coming on. Penn & Tylers Green FC kept battling and despite the state of the pitch managed to create a good move which led to the deserved equaliser with Rino Sepede crossing from the by-line for Owen Hunte-Milligan to finish from close range.

We thought this might be the platform for things to come but somehow slack defending allowed their winger to get the ball in from the left with the ball, assisted by the wind, finding its way over Matt Cannings into the far top corner.

Half Time Rayners Lane 2:1 up.

Still optimistic with the wind now favouring Penn & Tylers Green FC the game followed the pattern of the first half but disappointingly shots on goals and chances in general where just not forthcoming for either side. Leo Dinmore, Chris Hurst, James Louison and Jack Dean kept battling and pushing on but it just would not click today. Dean Munday and Dan Arnett kept it tight at the back but Rayners Lane always threatened to be dangerous on the counter attack. Rino Sepede limped off with a reoccurring injury and was replaced by Luke Cohen.

Entering the pitch

One incident in the second half reduced the boys in blue to ten men. No comment on this forum other than that the game should have continued with 11 men each. Unfortunately this did not help and although Penn & Tylers Green FC kept pressing and taking the game to Rayners Lane the inevitable happened and some lose defending near the end sealed the game in the home team’s favour.

This was another unnecessary defeat. There is no game for the first team next Saturday and then there is the journey to the other side of the world for the away cup tie at Tytherington Rocks F.C. a football club based in Tytherington, near Thornbury, Gloucestershire.

Lonely fan finds someone to talk to

Man of the match: Owen Hunte-Millington

Match report by Andreas Latta (Secretary)