First win for the 15 Purples
By Gary Brigden
It's finally happened, as the 15 Purples pick up their first win of the season, and do it in some style.
When you have lost all but one of your previous games, you would imagine the first win would be a scrappy, backs to the wall, defensive action where you scrape through by the odd goal, but no, in a magnificent performance the Purples were great value for their 6-2 win.
The lads got off to a great start and took the lead after five minutes, great work down the right by Joel saw his dinked cross to the back post met by a powerful Jonathan header to put us 1-0 up.
We continued to have the better of things, and not ten minutes later we increased our lead when a move involving Jonathan, Pratham and Tyler ended with the ball sitting up kindly for Callum who thrashed it beyond the keeper for 2-0.
Old I's were not lying down though and looked to strike back, but found our back line in solid form, with Francis in particular winning tackle after tackle, and Adam and Louie on hand to cover anything that got passed him
At 2-0 Old I's introduced their pacy forward who had torn us apart in the first game, and it looked as though he would do the same as he burst through our backline and surged goalwards, somehow, and seemingly from nowhere, Louie managed to put in a stunning tackle to rob him just as he was poised to shoot, surely the tackle of the season and we survived.
Not only that, but we continued to push and pressure from Jonathan and Callum forced a mistake, and Tyler was on hand to bundle home number three, a well deserved goal for one of our most improved players.
Half time came with the lads 3-0 up, and no-one quite sure what to do next.
After some positive words and instructions from Paul and Jack we started the second half where we had left off the first, and almost immediately Tommy found space on the left, but saw his shot well saved by the I's keeper.
With all players now involved in the game, we were continuing to hold firm. Oscar and Callum were repeatedly pressing the I's backline and forcing mistakes, whilst at the other end Francis was marshalling the backline, with Wills, Louie and Pratham continuing their good work.
We increased our lead six minutes into the second half, when a run down the left by Tommy saw him square to Joel who fired home for 4-0, and surely that important first win.
I's did break through at one stage, but Daniel made a great save to with his feet to keep it at 4-0, before they did manage to pull one back. A scramble in the area saw Tyler unfortunately handle the ball to concede a penalty, which was duly converted.
We didn't panic, and went straight on the attack again, and a Tommy strike crashed against the bar. Daniel saved well again and Wills was on hand to hook the loose ball clear.
With ten minutes remaining we effectively sealed the game, when good work in the middle by Claude and Tyler saw the ball go wide to Oscar, he found Joel and his cross was turned home at the back post by Tommy for 5-1.
Old I's pulled one back when a deep cross was headed home at the back post, but we were not to be denied a convincing win, and late on Tommy broke free on the left and as the keeper advanced he lobbed it over him to seal a 6-2 win.
All the players were superb, worked their socks off and worked for each other. It is hard to single out anybody, but Louie's tackle at 2-0 was vital, Francis desire to stop anything passing was superb and the work rate and hassling of Tyler and Claude helped set the platform for the lads to go and win.
Well done boys, standards set now, lets keep them there.