Mickleover 2-2 Bamber Bridge
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League
Written by Kerry Goldsworthy
After last week’s controversial defeat, Sports came into this game wanting all three points. Sports manager John McGrath put out a strong 4-4-2 formation with Lewis King in goal. The defence consisted of Jake Scott, Ben Turner, Pablo Mills and Reece Ford. The midfield consisted of John McGrath, Ted Cribley, Ricky Ravenhill and Mason Warren. The two front strikers consisted of Nathan Jarman and Shaquille McDonald.
On the first minute, Sports were underway, and a chance came for Sports to score. Shaquille McDonald was played in and took a shot but was saved by Bamber Bridge’s keeper Danny Roccia. On the 5th minute, a chance came for Bamber Bridge to equalise, but Sports keeper Lewis King saved the shot and kicked it out to Shaquille McDonald. During this period, Shaquille McDonald ran with the ball to have another chance to score but his shot went out wide of the left-hand side of the post. Throughout the last ten minutes, each side had fantastic chances to get on the scoreboard but with excellent defending and saves from each keeper. On the 15th minute a chance came for Bamber Bridge but with the great defence of Sports, the ball was kicked out of their area. Three minutes later and Bamber Bridge get on the scoreboard. An excellent pass came to Danny Forbes from Darren McIntyre went past Lewis King and the all-important lead for Bamber Bridge. Two minutes later, Sports nearly get an instant reply with Shaquille McDonald played through again, but his shot went wide of the right-hand side of the post.
On the 26th minute, a chance came for Sports to equalise. A fantastic pass to Nathan Jarman from Mason Warren saw his shot hit the woodwork after a save by Danny Roccia. On the 30th minute, a chance for Bamber to score again but the mighty hands of Lewis King saved the shot which then fell to Danny Forbes to have another chance again but once again Lewis King saved it again. On the 40th minute, a penalty was awarded. Bamber Bridge were awarded a free kick from a foul outside the box. The free kick was took and allegedly hit the hand of Nathan Jarman. Alistair Waddecap took the shot which went straight past Lewis King to give Bamber Bridge the 2-0 lead at half time.
Half Time: Mickleover Sports 0-2 Bamber Bridge.
Second half commenced and Sports straight away had a chance to score. Shaquille McDonald was once again on the ball, but his shot was saved by the keeper and out for a corner. John McGrath took the corner and his shot was met by Pablo Mill’s head, but his shot was blocked. Sports still had possession of the ball and another chance came for Sports but was blocked and kicked out. On the 56th minute a goal came for Sports after the ball met Pablo Mills head and smashed into the goal. Throughout the second half period, Shaquille McDonald was fast paced and attempted many chances but went out wide or saved by Danny Roccia.
On the 70th minute, a chance came for Sports. A fantastic pass to Nathan Jarman from John McGrath took a shot but was saved by Danny Roccia. O the 75th minute, Sports made a change with Will Norcross replacing Ted Cribley. On the 79th minute, Sports get eh all important equaliser with Mason Warren on the ball after an excellent pass to Shaquille McDonald who sent it to Jarman and smashed it past the keeper. On the 83rd minute, a chance for Sports to grab all three points. Shaquille McDonald’s header was looped over and saved by Bamber Bridge’s keeper Danny Roccia.
Full Time: Mickleover Sports 2-2 Bamber Bridge