After last week’s deflating draw, Goole U15’s travelled to Rothwell for what should of been a very straight forward win. This was not to be the case after a very disciplined Rothwell made their opponents work very hard for their three points.
Discipline was again Tiger’s downfall after seeing 3 players sin binned in the game and at one point playing with only nine men.
A re-shuffle of the team due to players arriving late saw Goole start we a back three of Proctor, Pablo and Helm with Williams playing in a midfield five to give Gibbon and Gabriel more freedom to play higher up the pitch. Wingers Thompson and Jackson supported Broadly and Robertson well in the fist twenty minutes, but Goole’s efforts were thwarted by a very impressive keeping display from the home stopper.
Goole were soon left light on numbers when Broadley said too much to the ref to earn himself a ten minute rest.
Revell was introduced to liven the front line up and wasted no time in finishing when he broke clear to smash home to take the lead.
Rothwell didn’t offer much going forward and struggled to get over the half way in the first half as they constantly found Williams in the mood to win ever header sitting in front of his defence.
Injuries would also play its part in Goole’s lack lustre display with Captain Gibbon struggling to shake off a recent niggle then Helm followed suit, again through injury. Goole brought on Mollan and Pedro, the latter returning after several frustrating weeks on the sidelines. Goole started to press more now a won a free kick 30 yards which Williams whistled narrowly wide to calls of average from the crowd as the half time whistle blew.
Goole had the advantage of kicking downhill and should of buried their opponents but again top keeping from the Rothwell number one and an excellent all round defensive display kept Goole at bay.
Goole held firmly to their clean sheet again Proctor with some invaluable work in the air and Thompson and Helm’s work at left back putting in solid displays.
Robertson and Revell soon started to cause problems with goal number two finally came. Gabriel found Robertson who crashed the ball home with a sweet strike to give Tigers some breathing space.
Goole had their fair share of corners throughout the second half but just could not finish the game off, until Williams’s fine ball to the returning samba king Pedro saw the wing wizard cruise past two before firing home in off the far post to lead 3-0.
Tigers would again let themselves down though through ill discipline as first Robertson’s mouth landed him a sin bin to cost him the last 10 mins of the game then keeper maw who had an indifferent day between the sticks also earned a sin bin taking his team down to nine men.
Goole managed to see the game out with a clean sheet though and the three points as Helm went between the sticks and impressed with a solid display.
Final score Rothwell juniors 0 - Goole Town Tigers 3
Ref's MoM went to Revell and Williams.
Goole would like to say a big thank you to Donoghue’s cycles for sponsoring the game. (18-11-403 SU)