Thackley Complete their Home Programme with Defeat
Thackley 1 – 2 Yorkshire Amateur
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division Tuesday 16th April 2019
Thackley entertained close neighbours and Premiership new boys Yorkshire Amateur in their last home match of the season at Dennyfield. At the beginning of the season the ‘Ammers’ had strong ambitions. Despite having a long history of participation in the second tier of our league they had recruited players this season that they hoped would launch them to the Evo-stik. This was not to be, from a promising start they had slumped to ‘also rans’ with little chance of competing for the league title.
Thackley lacked Alex Marsh but welcomed back Kris Hargreaves, Broadbent was injured and Kieron Thompson was restored to midfield. Boote played in an unfamiliar right back position.
Thackley began the game in the worst possible manner by conceding early. Throughout the match the referee tended to respond to the shouts of the players rather than the action taking place. In the seventh minute the burly Flynn backed into Basi, went down with a shout, and the official awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. Flynn got to his feet and placed an accurate free kick into Wilson’s left-hand corner. The game proceeded in a mundane fashion with no side able to gain midfield domination and chances on goal were few and far between. Thackley’s best chance came when Matthews broke down the inside right channel and tried to square a pass to Mitchell when it might have been more productive for him to take the shot on himself. Yorkshire Amateurs had some half chances which Wilson, as usual, dealt with efficiently. No further scoring ensued before half time and, in all honesty, never looked like it would.
Half Time: Thackley 0 Yorkshire Amateur 1
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first. Both teams striving to score but with little success. By and large many of the battles were being fought out in midfield and Thackley, with the influence of Whiteley, were having more of the play. They were, however creating little to trouble Zaniewski in the visitor’s goal. Yorkshire Amateurs, for their part, seemed comfortable holding onto the one goal advantage. Pat McGuire decided that the way to break the deadlock was to inject new blood and after seventy minutes he made a triple substitution bringing Darwin King into defence for Andy Boote, Matt Hall into midfield to replace Ben Walker and Luke Robinson up front in place of Nicky Matthews. These wholesale changes did not have the desired effect, seven minutes later Fernando Moke picked up the ball to the right of the penalty area and fired in a fierce shot that beat Wilson and put the visitors two goals ahead. After this, the game became a niggly affair with both teams picking up bookings. The referee was still coerced by the appeals of the visitors and compounded this when he should have dismissed T’Nique Fishley when he blatantly kicked the ball into Whiteley’s face as he lay on the ground following a bad tackle by Moke. Instead after consulting with his linesmen he booked Moke and overlooked Fishley’s misdemeanour. Thackley began to exert more pressure and scored a late goal. Basi stabbing the ball over the line when the visitors failed to clear a corner. It was to be the last decisive action at Dennyfield this year in a game in which Thackley were slightly the better team.
Full Time: Thackley 1 Yorkshire Amateur 2
Thackley complete their season a week next Saturday when they visit the banks of the Humber to take on Barton Town.
Thackley team: Wilson, Boote, Hargreaves, Whiteley, Basi, White, Walker, Matthews, Mitchell, Thompson, Normanton. Subs: Robinson, Hall, King.
Yorkshire Amateur Team: Zaniewski, Fishley, Henry, Sharry, Dempsey, Serrant, Hunt, Blakey, Flynn, Moke, St Juste. Subs: Kaba, Zalo, Charlton, Newman-Morton, McLachlan.
Referee: Lee Hible
Photo: Asa Mitchell ‘The Terrace (Saltaire)’ MOM being presented with his meal voucher by Mark Appleby.
Updated 11:28 – 20 Apr 2019 by Steve Paley Original Source