Witton Albion Supporters vs Steven Lewis

Sunday 25th Feb.

Kick-Off 3.30pm @ John Deane’s.

Match Fees are ?3.50 please boys.

Is anybody available to do updates on here?!? :wink:

Witton Team;
GK - Crouch; DF - Marshall, Haspell; MF - Green, Blundell(c); FW - Carter, Shaun.
Subs - Carter, Scott (for Blundell); Yoxall (for Marshall); Robinson (for Haspell).
Team Rating ****
Match Rating ***
Man Of The Match - Drew Haspell

A well-drilled Supporters side kept a 2nd consecutive clean sheet, in a game they will feel unfortunate not to have won by a comfortable margin. Lead out by captain Mike Blundell, Albion set a marker today against which all future performances must be judged.
A nervy start saw Witton take a few minutes to fully find their feet. However, with the ever-dependable Marshall now partnered at the back by the super-composed Drew Haspell, Steven Lewis could not muster any real threat on the Albion goal. As the game progressed it became apparent that in Haspell Witton have a real talent on their hands. This boy obviously spent his formative years paying close attention to players of the calibre of Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.
With Green prowling the centre of the field, and the trickery of Carter unsettling the Lewis back-line, it appeared to be only be a matter of time before Witton drew first blood. First it was Blundell who danced through the Lewis defense, bouncng the ball on his knee and thigh, before sending a wild shot over the cross-bar. Then Marshall tried to release Blundell with a lofted ball, which was unfortunately cut out by a defender before reaching it’s intended target.
As the game progressed Blundell was becoming a real thorn in the side of Steven Lewis, and after good approach play he sent a cross over for Carter - who was unlucky not to see his shot find the back of the net.
Again Blundell was creating mischief as he received a ball in to feet in acres of space. However, after a sharp turn and shot, he was unfortunate to claim nothing more than a corner.
It was the next few minutes that really should of seen the breakthrough so desperately craved by the boys in red and white. Marshall sent the ball in to Blundell, who headed it down to Green, who was unlucky not to plant the ball firmly into the bottom corner of the net. This was followed by 30 seconds of play that closely resembled the Alamo, as the Lewis 'keeper made 3 world-class saves before finally diverting a Green shot onto the cross-bar and out for a corner.
As Witton conducted an inquiry into how the game was still goal-less, Steven Lewis managed to fashion their first attacking move. However, this was swiftly halted when Green swept the forward’s legs from under him just 10 yards from goal. Luckily the resulting free-kick did not present any test for Crouch in the WItton goal.
As the 1st half drew to a close Marshall was unlucky with a neat volley on goal, and Blundell saw another goal-bound effort turned away for a corner by the Lewis 'keeper. However, at half time it remained goal-less.
The second half began as the first had ended, with constant Witton pressure. Marshall tried to release the Witton attack with a precise through-ball after advancing some 20 yards out of defense, but the Lewis back-line managed to divert the danger. Good link-up play between blundell and Carter then almost provided the break-through, but again the Lewis 'keeper was equal to the final shot. In an attempt to add further guile to the midfield, Robinson gave Scott Carter the chance to impress by sending him on for Blundell.
As Witton continued to rain shots on the Steven Lewis goal, a long punt from defense was well flicked-on by Shaun Carter, but again came to nothing.Not long after this Carter saw a goal-bound effort turned onto the post, as still the Lewis 'keeper held onto his clean sheet.
As the game began to reach it’s conclusion manager Mark Robinson threw on Yoxall in place of Marshall, and also took to the field himself to replace Haspell. Within seconds Robinson was in the thick of the action as he raced the length of the field to collect an inch-perfect through ball from Green. With the whole stadium expecting to see Robinson drill the ball home, he unselfishly squared the ball to Shaun Carter, who could only hit his shot straight at the Lewis 'keeper.
The last Witton attack of the game saw Green advance to the edge of the Lewis penalty area, before being felled by an absolute horror of a 2-footed tackle. The offending defender was lucky to escape without seeing a card. However, he received suitable punishment in the form of a torent of abuse from Blundell on the sidelines - lesson learned. The resulting free-kick was laid off to Robinson, who put a sublime cross onto the right foot of Green, who wastefully sent his shot flying over the bar and into the car park.
So for a second consecutive week Witton Albion Supporters played out an entertaining stalemate. With Crouch rarely tested in the Albion goal, it was a performance much improved from last week’s effort, and should of been rewarded with 3 points. Speaking after the game, Player-Manager Robinson stated that he was impressed with the work-rate and commitment of his players, and felt that with a little extra composure they could of scored 3 or 4 goals today. With the transfer window yet to close there will be much speculation as to whether or not the purse strings will be loosened sufficiently to allow Robinson to bring in a proven goalscorer. However, with Andy Chadwick yet to return from his latest injury, there is real optimism that the elusive goal-getter may well already be within the Witton camp.

That Robinson sounds a fair player!

Who wrote the report by the way?

It’s all original material from my own quill Mr Rabbit, and you are quite right that boy Mark Robinson really is some player.

Oh, and by the way, you have no excuse for not attending our games now that we are playing at John Dean’s!!!

Oh I see, written in third person! LOL I thought this lad sounded too good to be true! "Robinson put in a sublime cross"!

My only very very poor excuse for Sunday was Arsenal V Chelsea combined with Roast Beef and Yorkshires by the intended Mrs Rabbit.

We have proved this season that whatever the quality of football it is hard to tease the stay-away supporters off their sofas. I promise to do better next week and will come down to join in the growing crowds!

Sublime my ar5e. It reached me at about stomach height, hence the inevitable blaze over the bar :wink:

You are quite welcome at our games Mr Rabbit, you can’t dig our pitch up, it’s astro turf…

The intention was for you to plant a diving header into the bottom corner of the net. It’s not my fault you’re about as agile as Big Stu is it!!

Now, Now Ladies, hanbags at dawn at this rate!!!