Good win to see out Year 2017
Skipper Danny Jordan scored from the penalty spot
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Milton United FC vs Penn & Tylers Green FC 0:2
This was enough to bring a Christmas cheer to Penn & Tylers Green FC with the last game of this year. This was a well-earned away win on the way to convert games in hand into points. This was not an easy game by any means. Compliments to the team, they did show this fixture the respect it and the opposition deserved and they kept plugging away.
Right from the off Penn & Tylers Green FC took command of the game and kept this up to the final whistle. It has to be stressed straight away, our hosts kept working very hard and never gave up. They were trying to keep their shape and certainly ensured that the visitors, playing in the red and black away kit today, had to stay focussed and concentrated. It did not help the visitors that Danny Blatchford had to come off early in the first half with a niggly injury. He was replaced by youngster James Pritchard, who incidentally had an excellent game.
It was good to see Chris Hurst back. He had a very good game. Without going into a minute by minute analysis the game can be kept up as follows: Loads of opportunities created but chances not taken. Before the breakthrough the boys from French School Meadow should have been a few goals but as we all know, if you do not score, the opposition is still in the game. Milton United nearly did just that, when against the run of play, a header from a deep cross went just over the bar.
After this scare the breakthrough came, when after a through ball Chris Hurst burst into the box with the ball trying to round the keeper. Craig Griffith, who had a good game, was adjudged to have brought our centre forward when diving for the ball and a penalty was awarded. Skipper Danny Jordan converted the spot kick well to give Penn & Tylers Green FC the long overdue lead. 1:0 it stayed until half time.
The second half was almost an exact copy of the first. Loads of well created opportunities with just the end product missing. The second goal was needed to make the game safe because with a slender lead one mistake can turn the game. Our nerves were calmed when man of the match Josiah Bridgeman produced another one of his skilful runs down the right flank. His cross eventually ended up just outside the six-yard box, an invitation Chris Hurst could not refuse to make it two nil. A good way to start your return to your old club.
This was the game over and three well deserved points earned. Matt Cannings had one safe to make in the dying moments to ensure that the visitors kept a clean sheet. Well done Giovanni, James, John, Nigel and all the players.
Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.
Team: M Cannings, B Holland, J Fox, A Sethi, JJ Lofthouse-Smith, D Jordan (C) (1), J Bridgeman, D Blatchford, Chris Hurst (1), A Harman, N O’Meally-Newell. Substitutes: J Pritchard (on for D Blatchford A Davis, N Miller, J Gumbs