Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Harworth Colliery U19 0 v Buxton U19 4 - NUMU19L Div 2

From first team hat trick hero, to Under 19s kit man, in less than a week ;-)
Wednesday 6th March 2013,
at the Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes
North Midland U19 League Division 2
Harworth Colliery U19 (0) 0
Buxton U19 (3) 4
Dan Gilbride 33, Charlie Johnson 43 (pen),
Josh Bridge 44, Alex Airey 81
Admission £2, Programme £1
Harworth Colliery U19:
Tom Hogg, Tom Cameron, Luke Bailey, Jordan Nortcliffe, Jordan Hardman, Chris Higgins, Enzo Guarini, Mitchell Lax, Daine McGrain, Matt Smith, Connor Gresham
Subs - Lewis Francis, Tom Sowden, Danny Siddall, Calum Tiffany, Ben Thompson
Buxton U19:
John Stanway, John Ollerenshaw, Charlie Johnson, Leon Owen, Josh Hall, Zak Heywood, Josh Bridge, Alex Airey, Danny Gilbride, Danny Hopkins
Subs - Giru Felix-George, John Ballington
Although Buxton were deservedly in front at the break, the three goal margin, was a real blow for Harworth, given that two of the visitors goals were netted in the last 90 seconds of the half.
There wasn't very much anybody could've done about Danny Gilbridge's opening goal, that he crashed home off the underside of the crossbar after 33 minutes.
It was typical of Harworth's luck tonight that Gilbridge was only drafted into the starting line up late in the day, after one of their original starting line up, John Ballington, needed to pull out during their pre match warm up and had to settle for a place on the bench instead.
But the needlessly conceded penalty on the edge of the box, in the run up to half time and the AWOL defending at the near post from a corner, that saw Harworth massively contribute to Buxton's 2nd and 3rd goals ... and as a consequence, to their own downfall tonight ... well, the less said the better.
Under 19's football can be a steep learning curve when you come up against a team with quality players like Buxton have in their side; the important thing is to take those lessons on board and iron out any mistakes in readiness for future games.
Harworth Under 19's next game is away against Buxton next Tuesday, unless the bad weather certain pesimistic forecasters are predicting arrives ... and after tonight's disappointing reversal, they'll certainly know what to expect.Ironically, Buxton added their fourth goal, right in the middle of Harworth's most productive spell of the game, when they had collectively upped the tempo and started to make their mark for the last 20 minutes or so.
Next week, I'm sure the Colliery Under 19s will give a better account of themselves, now they've seen what they're up against.
Obviously, Harworth did create several chances tonight and Buxton didn't have it all their own way ... Enzo Guarini forced a double save out of John Stanway in the first half, who stayed on his feet until the last moment ... but the clear cut ones were few and far between.
Jordan Hardman who switched from right back to centre half tonight, because Gaz Bonner was unavailable, continues to show an assured maturity beyond his years and always appears comfortable and composed on the ball, as scouts from several other teams from (slightly) higher up the pecking order of local football have started  to notice.He was the stand out player for the home side tonight, but as a team player, he won't want to be singled out for a special mention, on a night when things went amiss collectively at times.
He's not that sort of person ... and Jordan isn't going anywhere just yet!
It's going to be a tall order to attain a top three finish now, but that is the target.
Onwards and upwards!
Well played Buxton, who, to be fair, looked like the best Under 19s team Harworth have played against up to now this season ... and I told them that as well.
Harworth Colliery Under 19s, 2012-13, the flesh is willing, the resolve and determination is intact and as strong as ever.
We have unfinished work to do and a target to achieve.
Write us off at your peril ... seriously!
Match report from Buxton FC website