27th February 2010.
In what would have been the last scheduled league game of the season had it not been for the weather in January, Tigers demonstrated just how much they had learned individually and collectively through the season. Despite scoring 3 times in their last meeting with Broughton, Tigers had been on the losing side but as the game started one could sense that this meeting under heavy skies and a heavy pitch would be a different affair.
M&T dominated the game from the 1st minute and looked eager to push on confident in the defense of Nick E, Scott and clean sheet keeper Rob Comer.
Will and James in midfield provided aerial dominance allowing Findley to act as playmaker to exploit Adam Firth’s pace.
With most of the play in the Broughton half it was notable that the first real chance went to broughton from a corner, a glancing header that went wide of the far post.
Tigers upped the pace and the first shot for Tigers fell to Adam whose shot on target was parried for James to follow up.
This was quickly followed by a throw from Findlay headed on by James for Adam to run onto and unleash a first time shot that the goalkeeper pushed around the post.
Flowing football from Tigers created lots of chances that Broughton’s keeper seemed equal to.
With a solid defensive foundation created, Tigers pushed the whole game further up the field and more and more into Broughton’s half.
The deadlock was nearly broken when Findlay picked up the ball from defense and skipped up the line beating the last defender. He fired a fierce shot towards goal that the keeper got to and parried out, Broughton’s defense had recovered to stop Adam from taking the rebound first time. The ball then came out to James, who found Adam now in space to take a shot from outside the area which the keeper saved.
The goal from M&T that seemed inevitable came in about the 10th minute. Will H gathered the ball disrupting again any forward momentum that Broughton could muster, he fed the ball to Findlay in the middle of the park who held and waited for the right moment to release the ball to Adam who slotted it past the keeper into the far corner.
Sensing more goals in the game Tigers pushed forward again, this time James Lemon having the effort on goal.
Broughton looked to threaten Tigers goal but Scott and Nick held the defensive line and organised the team from the back. Nick E appeared to have made the decision that nothing was going to get by him today and it didn’t.
Tigers continued to push on and created multiple opportunities to double their lead. A free flowing move from defense begun by Scott directing his clearing header to Findlay opened up Broughton’s defense to afford both Adam and James chances on goal. Excellent keeping by Broughton’s No 1 denied them both.
Will H released Adam down the right whose cross arrived just behind an advancing James who managed to wrap his foot around the cross and drove the shot towards goal, instinct from the keeper kept the ball out of the back of the net.
Despite Tigers dominance, Broughton had the opportunity to equalise 5 minutes before the end of the half, when from a corner ball the header looped up into the air and rolled along the bar into the arms of a vigilant Rob C. Tigers hunger for more goals though was demonstrated as from the resultant kick out Findlay turned and shot first time, the keeper was quickly down to smother the ball.
It became apparent that Tigers were not going to settle for holding on to their slender lead and a double substitution of Nick C and Rob Sills for James and Will added additional firepower at the expense of a bit of midfield rigidity. This put more emphasis on Scott and Nick to provide the defensive steel and platform to launch the multitude of attacking opportunities. With Nick E in good form, Scott pushed up the field a little which had the effect of pinning Broughton into their own half and allowing the free-roaming playmakers of Findlay and Nick Comer to express themselves.
The result was fairly devasting for Broughton, they now had to contend with both Adam and Rob running at them and it was only a matter of minutes before Tigers had doubled their lead. A corner from Nick C driven hard and low at the near post richoted off the heel of the defender, lightning reflexes from the keeper kept the ball out which came back to Rob Sills who hit the back of the net.
It was nearly 3-0 when Adam once again was denied by Broughton Keeper from close range. The half time whistle blew as Tigers hit the post unmercifully pressing on to score more goals.
The 2nd half began as the first finished, any movement forward by Broughton was quickly stiffled out by Scott and Nick who were vocal in organising the team from the back. They made quite a formidable defensive pairing.
First shot of the 2nd half fell to Rob Sills after a throw from Findlay was touched on by Adam to the feet of Rob whose shot went inches wide.
Findlay looking composed in the centre of the park dictated the play, holding the ball ready to release the decisive pass to create the chances for Adam, Rob & Nick C.
As the half progressed Findley and Nick C were able to create more space for themselves. The 3rd goal came from a little ball to the right to Rob Sills who ran at the defender at full pace, sliding the ball between his legs to create a one-on-one with the keeper. This time he made no mistake and flicked the ball into the far corner with the outside of his left boot to top off a superb individual piece of skill created by the midfield.
To the applause of those watching Findlay and Adam came off to make way for James and Will Garland.
Tigers were not finished with their goalscoring ambitions, Nick C enjoying the space being created by Scott and Nick E, picked up the ball in midfield and pushed forward unselfishly releasing the ball to Rob who was running through at pace, his shot proving too hot to handle and the ball squirmed in to make it 4. No less than Tigers deserved.
With 8 minutes of the game remaining and despite pushing on Tigers were unable to add to the scoreline, they were still chances including a cross field ball from Rob which was within millimeters of the outstretched lunge of both James Lemons and Will Hoggath who had come on for Scott.
An accomplished performance from an organised and disciplined Tigers who looked hungry for the win. Every player was instrumental in the scoreline from Rob in goal who kept another clean sheet through the determined defense & magical midfield to a formidable forward line.
A second 4-0 victory in a row and extends their league unbeaten run which keeps the Tigers roaring.