Romulus (A) 18/19
Romulus FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 30thMarch 2019
Venue: Vale Stadium
Hello one and all. After last week’s 3-1 away defeat to Quorn, United today are back on the road with a short trip to the Vale stadium to take on an in form Romulus side who have won their last four games. The Roms have really turned things around of late and have collected a couple of impressive scalps along the way so this is sure to be a very tough game for United today.
United manager Terry Anderson will have to make sure that his team are fully up for it if they are going to get anything out of this game.
The referee gets the game under way and the game starts off a little scrappy as both teams are trying to suss each out. An early booking goes to United’s Sam Lockley for an incident just off the ball on the Roms keeper Reiss Wagstaff in the 8thminute.
The first chance on goal falls to the Roms from a corner in the 16thminute that sees the No4 Callum Rudd’s free header bring out a good save from the United keeper Brendan Bunn. United respond with their first decent chance on goal in the 22ndminute when they break forward with the pacy Ben Vallance. Vallance then spreads the out to Tyler Haddow who then cuts inside before shooting and bringing out a great save by the Roms keeper Reiss Wagstaff that goes out for a corner that’s in turn easily dealt with.
As the game settles, it’s United who start to see more of the ball and in the 31stminute from a Kyle Carey corner Tyler Haddow sends his header just wide of the target. Although United are seeing a lot of the ball, they are not able to create many clear cut chances against a stubborn Roms defence.
With the first half drawing to a close, there was enough time for the Roms No2 Phillip McKerdy to receive a yellow card for a tackle on United’s Tyler Haddow in the 44thminute. Soon after the referee blew up for half time.
ROMULUS 0 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United start the half brightly and win a throw in within Lewis Ison’s range. Ison sends in a great long throw and as the keeper Reiss Wagstaff goes for it, it slips through his fingers and has to be cleared off the line to deny United a fortuitous opening goal in the 48thminute.
United continue to press and the game seems more open in this half as United move the ball forward again in the 54thminute. Ben Vallance threads the ball into Joe Cairns who finds himself in loads of space. Cairns move slightly forward before unleashing a powerful drive from a full 25yrds out that thunders past the Roms keeper Reiss Wagstaff and into the back of the net for a fantastic opening United goal.
ROMULUS 0 UNITED 1
What a goal that was from Young Joe Cairns and will surely be a late entrant into this month’s goal of the month. United are now on a roll and waste no time in getting forward again in the 55thminute when Sam Lockley is put through but his effort sadly hits the side netting. Sam Lockley was soon inside the Roms area again in the 57thminute but this time he was adjudged to have been brought down and the referee points straight to the spot for a United penalty kick. Kyle Carey steps up to take it and coolly sends the keeper Reiss Wagstaff the wrong way to double United’s lead.
ROMULUS 0 UNITED 2
United now have a bit of breathing space and are fully deserving of their lead so far. United’s Tyler Haddow gets himself booked in the 60thminute for a miss timed challenge.
The Roms see some ball themselves just after the hour mark when they win a free kick in a good central position in the 64thminute. The No9 Luke Keen takes it and his shot smashes into the side netting and out for a goal kick. Soon after the Roms decide to make a change when they take off the No6 Aaron Williams and send on the No14 Dan Scragg in the 65thminute.
With the game being played with both teams showing plenty of passion, good strong tackles were flying in and in the 67thminute disaster strikes for the Roms when their No5 Cameron Lee (capt) is sent off for his tackle on United’s Tyler Haddow. That then sees the Roms having to make another change to counter the sending off when they take off the No8 Luke Delaney and send on the No12 Kris Taylor in the 68thminute.
More changes soon follow when United take off Sam Lockley and send on Dominik Alleyne in the 70thminute and then the Roms complete their changes when they take off the No10 Ashley Jackson and send on the No15 Tory Herbert in the 74thminute. Then to complete the flurry United take off Tyler Haddow and send on Jake Holt in the 76thminute.
The game resumes after all the changes and United win a free kick in a dangerous position in the 79thminute just outside the area. Jake Holts shapes up to take it and his curling shot crashes off the cross bar and out to safety.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and from a Roms free kick in the 85thminute the No4 Callum Rudd pounces on the loose ball and turns it into the back of the net to give the Roms a life line for the remainder of the match.
ROMULUS 1 UNITED 2
Well the game is definitely back on now and the Roms know that as their spirit lifts after that goal. They sense blood as they press for the equaliser. They break in the 86thminute when a fine cross into the box sees the No9 Luke Keen send in a great powerful header that United’s Brendan Bunn fantastically saves to preserve his teams slender lead.
The game is now into added time and the Roms keeper Reiss Wagstaff gets himself booked for a push on Joe Cairns and soon after and what turned out to be the last moment in the match, United’s Lewis Ison is also booked for his challenge and soon after the referee blows up for full time and United manage to hold on to the 3pts.
ROMULUS 1 UNITED 2
In summing up this game I would have to say WHAT A STEELY DOGGED TEAM PERFORMANCE. The game started off rather scrappy but United grew stronger as the game wore on though without many clear cut chances being created by either side. It was no surprise then when they went into the break at 0-0.
The second half was a different story as the game opened up a little and it was United who broke the deadlock with a fine Joe Cairns individual goal. Soon after the lead was doubled from a Kyle Carey penalty. Then with the game nearing the end the Roms clawed themselves back into the game to leave the final minutes a tense affair for the United faithful but thankfully they held their nerve to see the rest of the game out and take home the 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Roms No11 Chad Degville-Cross. His chances were limited to be fair but when he did get the ball he looked like the key to unlock the stern United defence with his direct attacking play.
For United this was a workman like team performance with nobody really standing out from the rest but they all did their jobs manfully. The defence was firm and restricted the home side to very few chances and the midfield had to work hard in a competitive battle that had to be won. The forwards chased and harried all day long showing plenty of spirit and guile but if I have to pick one out of them all I would have to say Lewis Ison is today’s man of the match. Lewis is a great reader of the game and plays the ball out with intelligence and let’s not forget those fantastic throw in’s so very well played Lewis Ison.
Match Stats United Romulus
On target (4) (4)
Off target (5) (2)
Corners (3) (5)
Free kicks (11) (18)
Yellow cards (3) (2)
Red cards (0) (1)
Offside (5) (3)