HUDDERSFIELD 2 ROBIN HOOD ATHLETIC 1
By Matt Wright
Saturday we visited WYL new boys Huddersfield Amateur who have a very good set up that is well equip for WYL football which is refreshing.
Huddersfield have had a positive start to life in the top division and on first look are all well-built, tall lads who would obviously pose problems at set pieces. Today we were without a host of players through injury and availability which is the story of our season, meaning we travel with 12 players.
With missing players comes opportunity for players to come in and make an impact on the squad. Corey Eaton is one who is a young talented player, impressing nevertheless in the reserves and more exposure to first team football is will be beneficial to him.
Prior to the game we spoke about what they would offer, they are quite direct and a threat from set plays. 5 minutes in we conceded a free kick to the left of the 18 yard box, a good delivery followed by a free header bouncing over Alex in goal. A soft goal all round and exactly from what we said they were strong at. 0-1 and again we were up against it. A positive reaction occurred with Josh Corbett and Declan seeing a lot of the ball and playing some good stuff through the middle of midfield. Dale linked the midfield well and it wasn’t long before this trio created the space for Ligger to have a shot from 20 yards well saved. This was after probably our best chance of the opening half when a Jamie Lister shot was only needed to be turned goal wards but Danny Bridges could only glance wide. A few miss placed passes in our own third caused some issue but only to the people watching as i encouraged the players to be brave and play a good brand off football. Playing long to Jamie Lister and Daniel Bridges wasn’t an option today, and we soon again found ourselves in a good position as Cobby was brought down after good build up play. Jamie Listers attempt at the free kick was well saved by the keeper but signs were positive. One last golden chance of a goal came from Declan Parkers Corner kick that was met and should have been converted by Ligger.
We went in 0-1 down and still in with more than a shout of getting a result. Huddersfield to their credit had a number of chances that were restricted to distance but a real threat nevertheless.
After the half we again carried on in the same vein as we tried to play our way through the thirds and the midfield 3 were playing some good stuff as the 2 fwd. worked hard for their openings. As the half went on we struggled to create any real clear cut opportunities as they defended the 1 goal lead well. On the 70th minute as we were attacking a long punt was not dealt with, and quite frankly out of character for Browny as he’s been one of the shinning lights of the season so far. The Huddersfield Fwd rifled home from 25 yards to make it 2-0 we made a change as Luka came on for Rich who had played through injury for me today. Luka instantly got on the ball and good link up play between him and Bulby ended up in us getting a free kick from the exact same place as they did in the first half. Declan Parker stood over the ball and whipped it into the far top corner and made it 2-1. A tremendous goal….if he meant it. We pushed for the equaliser but it never came as we squandered 1 or 2 attempts. The game finished 2-1 and I felt we deserved at least a draw but they did the job to gain the 3 points as they continued to force chances throughout the game.
Disappointment but all 12 who travelled played the game the correct way, they ran themselves into the ground and gave everything they had, a complete contrast from last week. On reflection due to the lack of numbers we couldn’t change much, but right from the back 3 we continued to play short and sharp which was good to watch, we just couldn’t score. On the whole the back 3 were strong and played well dealing with the direct approach, with the midfield 3 looking sharp and clever on the ball. Overall aside from the disappointment of defeat a good performance from Robin Hood, we just need the points now to match that. Declan Parker beating Lewis Richardson to the Man of the Match award, but both were tremendous today reacting positively to my faith in them.