Men Against Boys
Shildon AFC are now 3rd in the league after an emphatic 3 – 2 home victory against local rivals Newton Aycliffe on Saturday 8th October 2016. The score line however does not reflect the true differences in the teams on the day as Shildon dominated play from the kick off and should have won by a far greater margin.
As expected, the match kicked off in a rough fashion, with No 9 for Aycliffe Dennis Knight going into the book after just 5 minutes.
Seconds later Aycliffe’s Andrew Ferrell cleared off the line, before Micky Rae opened the scoring from close range on 6 minutes.
The Railwaymen were in control, dominating play. Micky Rae shot just wide, then his glancing header just missed the target.
It was one way traffic and all the pressure paid off on 38 minutes when Micky Rae found Paul Connor who scored with his first touch off the ball after coming on as sub.
Ninety seconds later a great David Ferguson left wing corner saw Billy Greulich-Smith glancing header beat keeper Lewis Brass for 3 – 0.
On 45 minutes Aycliffe’s Dennis Knight pulled a goal back with a long range free kick, their only shot on target for the whole of the half.
Half Time: Shildon AFC 3 Newton Aycliffe 1
Shildon kept the pressure up in the 2nd half with a David Ferguson shot well saved in the first minute, before a defender cleared the ball off the line.
More chances fell to Paul Connor, Bobby Moore and David Ferguson, before Aycliffe scored again. Once again, their first attack of the half. A cross from the right went to Dennis Knight who clinically finished from 10 yards out.
Shildon were unlucky not to add to their lead when a David Ferguson header hit the inside of the post and bounced out.
On time added on Aycliffe’s goalscorer Dennis Knight was given his second yellow card.
Final Score: Shildon AFC 3 Newton Aycliffe 2
Goalscorers: Rae6, Connor 38, Greulich-Smith 40.
Subs: Connor for Wing 38, Purewal for Rae 65, Capper for Greulich-Smith 78.
Bookings: (Y) Harwood 45, Hodgson 56, Robson 90.
Man-of-the-Match: Micky Rae
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “It was men against boys today. We totally outplayed them for the whole of the game, and we were worthy winners. Thy had two attacks and scored two goals. We could have had a hat full”.
|Matty Robson||Yellow Card|