Coalville V's Bloxwich
Road to no where!
Coalville Town HC 1s vs Bloxwich 1s – 18/11/17
On the 18th November, Coalville travelled to a cold Bloxwich to endeavour to kick start their campaign after a disappointing start to the 2017/18 season. The game started slowly, Coalville struggling to account for the slick pitch with a few wayward passes; however, they soon settled into the game and with a rather orthodox formation of 2-3-2-3 saw some blistering attacking play from wing-backs Gaz Gamble and Ben McDermott. Early on however, Bloxwich found themselves carrying out a laboured attacking play, winning a chain of sloppy 50/50s and somehow finding themselves in the attacking 25 where the attack was met aggressively on the top of the D by Coalville new boy and defensive enforcer Ben Holder with a clean and decisive tackle, playing the ball onto the attacker’s foot. The attacker, with his momentum, took the ball past the defensive line with a not-so-inconspicuous kick. Tracking back players stopped, expecting the whistle to be blown, it was not blown. The culprit squared the ball to an incoming attacker for an easy tap in, 1-0 Bloxwich.
Coalville continued to threaten the Bloxwich defence but couldn’t find the final killer ball. The game began to progress into a large contest, Coalville providing scintillating, quick and direct hockey through all ranks of the field, culminating in direct piercing runs from forwards Joe Clare, Matt Wooldridge and the Browbank boys Mike and James. Where Coalville were intelligent and tricky, Bloxwich nullified attacks and possession in the midfield with physicality, some unjust in the eyes of the umpires, which ended in cards later in the game.
Bloxwich doubled their lead with a goal of some sort. Coalville went in at half time 2-0 down, against the run of play and in need of a change up.
They therefore changed to a back four formation and in the second half that became abundantly clear when the transfer around the back was zipped along the astro with superb ball-pace. Coalville continued to maintain possession while winger Joe Clare picked up the ball in the opposition half and drove with purpose into the D and finished with a sublime reverse stick shot from the left of the D. Keeper. Had. No. Chance. 2-1.
With the clock beginning to turn to the home side’s advantage, Coalville still maintained all of the game’s momentum. The Bloxwich keeper was tested only on a few occasions however; two perfectly executed short corner variation routines ran past the expected the deflections at back post.
With the game still held at 2-1 featuring some very dogged defending by the home side, attacking-engine-room-turned-mute forward Callum Slaney picked up a loose ball in the attacking 25 rounded a number of defenders, then the keeper and despatched the ball off of his back foot a powerful shot ricocheting off a last defender’s leg into the goal. 2-2.
With little time left both teams went for the win but were both organised at the back. Coalville defended a number of wrongly given short corners to see the game out. A point won or 2 dropped? You decide.
DOD = Matt Lilley, okay midfield performance but a number of “Bambi on Ice” renditions made it an easy decision.
MOM = Joint between Connor Sign and Callum Slaney, for being better than everyone else