MATCH REPORT – UWMMCFC 0 – 1 PPE
An unfortunate day at the office for the boys in our first game of the season. UWMCCFC played against a very organised outfit in PPE, who held trials, train weekly, and even have a coach with a clipboard. We came out on the wrong side of a close game where we arguably had the better chances in both halves. The game started with PPE on the front foot, but we did well to absorb the pressure and bounce back, taking the ball down the other end creating an excellent chance that should have seen us take the lead. The skipper then gave the ball away leading to a PPE attack, when a flukey cross from their right winger found its way into the back of our net. Gutting.
We were still very much in this game, with PPE struggling to break down the Great Wall of Ollie Hotchin, Joshua Bennett, and Sam Hawes. Very little happened for the rest of the half, and we headed into the break 1-0 down but knowing that we were still in the game.A second half change in the tactics gave us a bit more control in the middle, and PPE responded by passing the ball around the back for 10 minutes. A long throw from Cooper Smith caught the opposition (and us) by surprise and gave us one of the better chances of the game, but we couldn’t convert. PPE continued to pass the ball around until the last few minutes when their panic stations began to set in. A sudden burst of energy from UWMCCFC saw us win a corner. Henry Wilson whipped in a peach of a ball straight onto Josh’s head, who stuck a free header from 6 yards out straight at the keeper. Summed our game up. We didn’t give up there though, a bursting run down the right hand side saw Tom Dallmeyer drifting a cross in towards James Patient, but the PPE keeper did well to deal with it.
We continued with our bombardment of the PPE defence and won another corner. Goalkeeper Will Tall decided to go up for the corner, clearly confused by his own last name. The corner was cleared and played towards our now empty goal – I thought the game had 2-0 written all over it, that was before some excellent work from Will, who did well not to give away a penalty in a last ditch challenge. The whistle was blown on a dark day for UWMCCFC. We go again next week.