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Old 05-13-2012, 04:53 PM   #333
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Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Behind Enemy Lines in Athens, GA
Mar 12, 2013 (morning)
Our U18s beat Huddersfield U18s 1-0 thanks to an own goal in the 68'. Mostly youth candidates on trial in this one, including one that we signed to a youth contract. 16 y/o ML Ross Armstrong brings pace & decent fitness but has a long way to go before first team football.

Mar 16, 2013
Blyth (6-11-21, 23rd) vs Newport Co (10-8-19, 20th)

At home, with a match that could all but end our faintest hopes of staying up unless we win. They're 5:4 faves, we're 7:4 dogs, we played to a 1-1 draw in our previous meeting.

GK: Hartley
D: Rowbotham, Seery, Purvis, Sinclair
MF: Phillips, Matondo, Hands, Groves, Whitaker
ST: Armstrong
Bench: (Slaughter, Brown, Mole, O'Connor, Knight)

Halftime: Newport 1 - Blyth 0
Sinclair bumps into a Newport player in the area, penalty called, scored 40'
Pretty spotty call just puts our back to the wall
Purvis just misses a header at 44'

Had the ball, just couldn't do much with it

Fulltime: Newport 2 - Blyth 1
We push Whitaker up to AMR at 53'
Azeez banks a shot in off the crossbar at 75'
Phillips corner played to the near post, Seery is there for a late goal at 88:20
3 mins added time

Just not offensively capable of doing anything even when totally sold out in the final 15'. We outshot them 14-7 but only 4 on target to their 3.

Hartley 6.6
Rowbotham 7.1, Seery 7.4 & 1 goal, Purvis 6.6, Sinclair 5.4
Phillips 7.7 & 1 assist, Matondo 6.8, Hands 6.7
Groves 6.8, Whitaker 6.8 , Armstrong 6.5
Subs: O'Connor (70' for Hands) 6.7 , Brown (70' for Sinclair) 6.4
Mole (75' for Groves) N/A

Mar 16, 2013(Postmatch)
Now 12 points from safety, could have been 6 with a win instead of a loss. Longest winless stretch of my career, now at 12 games

I've been warned by the F.A. for my post-match comments about the lousy penalty call, the board is unhappy with the attention I drew & warned me to be careful with my remarks in the future. (What future?)
"I lit another cigarette. Unless I specifically inform you to the contrary, I am always lighting another cigarette." - from a novel by Martin Amis

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