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WESTWOOD 1-6 KSB - SMCCFL Cup Round 1 - The Co-operative Academy - 21.10.17

It had been just four weeks since KSB had made the short journey to the Co-Operative Academy in Blackley to face Westwood. On that occasion the Streeters ran out 4-0 winners in a league match, this time they were hoping to get another victory but in the SMCCFL Cup. Manager Math Pickup had a strong squad at his disposal, including the returning Matt Ashworth, Danny Holloway and Harry Pickup, and Math was hoping that they could keep the momentum from recent wins going.

In many games so far this season, KSB have managed to get their noses in front early on. They did so again when a Jonti Calter long throw was headed towards goal by Math. The Westwood keeper managed to tip it onto the post, but the rebound was gobbled up by  Holloway. A second goal came shortly afterwards, and it was a very similar combination – Calter’s long throw was headed onto the post by Holloway, but he was able to smash in his own rebound this time. Skipper Alex Halliwell’s header crashed against the bar, but there was nobody on hand to convert any rebound.

Two became three when yet another Calter throw was flicked on by Sam Calvert. This time Josh Hughes channelled his inner Marco Van Basten/Wayne Rooney/Adrian Littlejohn to wonderfully scissor/overhead volley into the net. Video footage is available. Westwood did briefly get back into the game, when a counter attack resulted in Holloway bringing a man down in the area. Harry Lord saved a spot kick in the Streeters’ recent league win at the Co-Op, but this time he was sent the wrong way to reduce the arrears.

A fourth KSB goal came before the break, when Calter’s wicked ball into the box squirmed underneath the keeper and into the goal. At half time Math made one change, bringing Neil Horne on to play up front with Hughes, and Calter switched to right wing back. The second half was always going to be a different animal as the Streeters were now playing against the very strong wind.

Westwood did have a couple of chances to get back into the game, but Lord was equal to both, tipping one round the corner and one over the bar. There was then strange period where the referee stamped his authority on the game, dishing out yellow cards left, right and centre (two for both teams). Firstly Matt Ashworth was perhaps harshly booked for dissent, not shouting back at or abusing the referee, but explaining what had happened. Secondly, Horne was incredibly booked after a challenge on the keeper. An incredibly tough decision for the southern striker to take.

Entering the final stages of the game, and more changes had been made; Harry Pickup replaced Hughes up front, Calvert came back on for Ashworth, and Brett Aspden was brought on for Math, with Aspden slotting into the back three and Adam stepping into midfield. Horne managed to get over the disappointment of his booking, and grabbed a late brace.

His first was following good work from Holloway who laid the ball to Harry Pickup. He crossed for Horne who finished precisely off the post. Then another attack, again down the left, saw Calvert get to byline and cut back for Horne. The keeper got a touch to it, but could only tip it onto Horne’s shin and into the goal.

Another good win for KSB, and other than the penalty and the cautions, it had been a pretty perfect display. Next up for Math’s men is a top of table clash at St Philip’s Trinity, in what will be a very very tough test.

Team:

1.    Harry Lord (GK)
2.    Sam Calvert (RWB)
3.    Josh Guest (LCB)
4.    Math Pickup (MC)
5.    Adam Taylor (RCB)
6.    Alex Halliwell (CB) (c)
8.    Danny Holloway (MC)
9.    Jonti Calter (SC)
10.    Ryan Clarke (MC)
14.    Josh Hughes (SC)
23.    Matt Ashworth (LWB)

Subs – 7. Harry Pickup (SC), 11. Neil Horne (SC), 16. Brett Aspden (RCB)

Man of the match – Danny Holloway