Going into the match we knew this was going to be a tough game with us top of the league and them in second and we had also beat them before the Christmas break. They also had several first-team players involved, so this was a good challenge for us, which we embraced. We started the game looking to get in front early and created a few decent chances but nothing came of them.
We moved the ball really well and combined well in the attacking third. The opposition was also pushing for the lead early on which made it fast tempo, end-to-end action. After 26 mins we got a well-deserved goal, to take the lead, with Omar Damba sliding the ball to Victor Davis who kept his composure and slotted the ball into the top corner from inside the box. (0-1).
It did not take us long to double our lead, with Omar Damba guiding the ball over the keeper after some great pressing from Devin Garcia. (0-2) Minutes later we conceded though with Curzon Ashton pushing for a way back into the game. (1-2)
We went into the second half knowing that they would push forward looking for the equaliser but we knew that we could cause them problems on the counter-attack. The game was wide open with them committing players forward and us looking threatening on the counter. Adam Syzmaszek made two fantastic saves to deny the opposition. Omar Damba and Colin Clarke both had good chances to score but was unable to convert them.
With 10-15 minutes remaining and the temperature dropping close to freezing, we knew we had to defend our lead and see the game out. Elijah Thompson summed this up with a fantastic recovery run and even better tackle to deny them going through on goal 1v1.
The guys showed great character and desire to see the game out and claim the three points against a very strong opposition. We defended for our lives at times but we also created many chances and caused them real problems throughout the game. I was extremely pleased with everyone and the effort and character they showed.