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Newhall U9 Tigers (1) v Barton Rovers Hercules (2)
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Date filed: 07 Nov 2012
Played: 3rd November 2012
So, both sides played their part in a cracking game two days before bonfire night!!
At times, Newhall and Barton looked like mini Brazilians as they counter attacked each other from start to finish. Barton could have been two up inside five minutes, had it not been for two excellent Collins saves. But the Tigers were soon on top and Taylor was just blocked out after a lovely run and interchange of passes with Fantarrow. Then, Sharp was denied one on one by a fine save by the Barton keeper. More excellent football from Sharp and Fantarrow ended with Fantarrow just shooting wide.
It was Barton however who took the lead against the run of play. A free kick wasn't cleared properly and the ball fell to a Barton forward who chipped the ball over a despairing Collins from five yards out. Within an instant the Tigers were level. Fantarrow looked like he was on skis, as he slalomed down Newhall's right, before hitting a rapier like shot through the legs of the keeper. Half time, 1-1.
The pace of the second half did not slacken, if anything it got quicker! Elks worked the keeper early on, then Sharp nudged the ball wide after a stinging cross from Shakespeare. Barton then sprung the Tigers on the counter with three incisive passes before a long range effort struck the Tigers' post. But the Tigers came again and Sharp saw a brilliant effort from the outside of his foot sail just wide after more good football from Fantarrow and Shakespeare. Collins was then on hand three times to save the Tigers after intense Barton pressure, before once again after a Tigers breakaway.
With everyone commenting just what an end to end encounter this was, another Tiger's chance saw Sharp's seamingly goal bound effort somehow fall the wrong side of the post and with the Tigers' coaching team considering tactical changes, the Tigers were undone late on once again.
The ball bounced round the Tigers area from a Barton throw in before being stabbed home from close in for the Barton winner. In the final minute the Tigers nearly equalised, a spectacular Shakespeare bicycle kick going over the bar from a free kick taken by Sharp.
But it was not to be though, and Newhall once again deserved better. Lady luck is no friend of the Tigers this season. The performances are there, the results will surely follow.
Tigers star man... Dominic James... an unsung player. Broke up attacks. Started attacks. Kept going. Brilliant performance.
Report by parent, Chris Taylor
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