GS: Luke Russell 1-PC Tom Woodruff 1-F Kristian Woolhouse 1-PC (won by scoring end of match overtime corner!)
Woolhouse wins it with the last hit
Back to winning ways at last for the Men’s 7’s, but we couldn’t have left it any later to beat a dogged Huddersfield team.
We arrived at a sodden Abbeydale for the morning game, and had to warm up by sweeping the standing water off the pitch with snow shovels before we could get under way.
Understandably following a series of defeats, we took a while to gain some confidence, but eventually started to dominate the opposition, with the vast majority of possession, while creating a number of good chances.
From a short corner, the ball was worked to the left and a shot found a defender’s foot on the line: Penalty Flick!
As usual, there was a near-stampede to get away from the D in everyone’s hurry to get away from being asked to take the flick!
At times like these, it needs an old and experienced head to take responsibility – so we left it to 14-year-old Luke Russell to step up and score confidently.
This seemed to go to Luke’s head a little (literally), as he was later seen trying to ‘head’ the ball goalwards. You can’t score like that, Luke!
At half-time, we reflected on the fact that we were playing at half our potential, and that we ought to win this one by 4 or 5 clear goals.
So what happens on the restart? Yes, that’s right, Huddersfield score almost immediately from a breakaway.
We resumed our encampment in their half, and eventually created a great goal to take the lead once more.
Ravi Padam (good to have you back, Ravi!) fed Tom Woodruff and his superb run to the byeline ended with him slotting the ball home.
Unbelievably on the run of play, Huddersfield came back and scored again, with a scrappy number.
Once again we laid siege to their D, but as time ticked on it looked like we had lost our chance.
One final short corner, just before the final whistle sounded!
Everyone up at the top of the D.
Matthew Dewhurst fed the ball back to the near post and Kristian Woolhouse’s shot somehow crept in to hit the backboard.
A massive relief!