Norsemen started the brighter of the two sides, and most of the game took place in the home side’s half, however neither side managed to play much football on what was a deceptively bumpy surface. A couple of times Norsemen managed to get Alfie on the ball in a bit of space and got Jay and Clifford one on one with the full back, but the final ball just couldn’t quite get through, but the signs were good. It was against the run of play then, when Old Actonians took the lead form a corner. From Norsemen’s point of view it was a disappointing goal to concede as the corner was mishit, we didn’t clear it well enough and the ball was kept alive and scrambled over the line. A couple of half chances came and went for Norsemen with Leroy just failing to make contact when Darran had flicked on a long throw, and the score remained 1-0 until half-time.
The second half started in the same vein, with the away side looking the more likely to trouble the score board, but without creating too many clear cut chances. They thought they’d done just that after an hour, when a corner from Ben was met with a powerful header by Darran – the ball hit the underside of the bar and dropped a full foot over the line before bouncing up and the keeper clawed it out. The referee seemed in a good position but waved play on. Afterwards he said he wasn’t sure so he couldn’t give it, which is fair enough, however most other people could see it had gone in, so it felt very unjust for the Blue Giants. The make matters worse within 5 minutes Actonians had doubled their lead, the big centre back losing his marker form a corner to send a great header into the back of the net. I’m sorry to say that Norsemen let their heads go down at this point, and conceded two late goals (including a 3rd off a corner) to put a real gloss on the scoreline for Old Actonians.
A tough one to take, but to have been the better side for nearly an hour against a strong team is a definite positive. Broomfield away next in what is a massive game for both teams.
MOM – Ollie did well in an unfamiliar position at centre back, but I’d give it to Alfie – he worked hard for 90 minutes and showed glimpses of quality when he managed to get on the ball. Good to have him back.