Match day 14 and it was the arrival of league leaders Alexandra Park in what was a must win game if we were to keep our hopes of promotion alive. After last weeks disappointing defeat to Old Parkonians we were keen to keep our 100% home form going. Danny Green had to reshuffle the team with various players missing through injury and family commitment but everyone was pleased to welcome back long term absentee Matt Clark into the team. The team was as follows;
Leonard Bartup (Sub)
So the first half got underway and as expected with the stakes so high both teams failed to settle into any sort of early rhythm with chances few and far between. Both teams huffed and puffed throughout the half without really penetrating the goal area. It was fair to say that the away team had the better of the chances with some long balls over the top causing a few problems for the Norsemen centre back pairing. The half ended level with the home team pleased to go in at the break on level terms.
The words from Danny at half time were positive, keep plugging away , keep beliveing and when that chance comes let's take it.
With the second half underway the game started to open up and chances started to flow for both sides but more so for the home team. Midway through the second half and with the match finely poised at 0-0, Leonard was summoned by Green to warm up on the side line, but before he could get on yes we had done we scored. A long ball over the top from Dan Howard beat everyone and Danny doing what he does best anticipated this, playing off the last defender he stole in behind the defence to poke the ball past the oncoming keeper, much to the delight of the Norsemen faithful.
Being a goal in front we could be forgiven for taking our foot off the gas and defending our lead. But no this wasn't the case and it was Norsemen and yes Danny Green who got the second goal. Good work by Paul Amico on the right with an incisive pass played through to Green who slotted the ball into the back of the net. The perfect afternoon was rounded off late on when Joe was fouled in the area and the penalty was cooly converted away by the man of the moment Danny Green. Well done that man!!!
To sum up it was a fantastic result for the 3's now to carry our home form into the away game at Ibis next week. Let's ave it!!!