Mabe 2 - 7 Frogpool Reserves
Good game played at Mabe, in largely good spirits. Well refereed by Jamie Mooney.
Our first goal came after Dave Leach was brought down, Sam Bromley converted the resulting penalty. A mix-up at the back and a lucky deflection caused the ball to loop Jordan Jermyn in the Frogpool goal 1-1.
The Frogs went in at half time 2-1 up after Sam Bromley scored an absolutely outrageously stunning drive from 20-25 yards that flew into the top corner. Goalie o chance.
We tried a 3-4-3 for the majority of the first half but it didn't seem to work on the narrow pitch so resorted to our familiar 4-5-1.
Craig Rothwell scored a neat third goal after some lovely football. I can't quite remember the order of the goals after that, but after a series of good chances, Jack Main scored a well worked goal, Rothwell added a second to his tally, and Mabe got one back.
Dave Leach scored a stunning goal after running the majority of the length of the pitch, with Jack Froud also on the scoresheet from close range.
Thanks to Mabe for the hospitality. While looking vulnerable early in the first half, when we reverted to 4-5-1 we looked very strong. Tom Campbell was incredibly impressive at the back along with the consistent Lewis Bax and Ashley Johnson.
Substitutes Craig Rothwell and Jack Main scored from the bench and impressed as did young Cameron Hamshaw who came on at left back at half time.
Overall, a really pleasing game that we can take a lot from. More minutes on the board before we prepare for more of the same soon.