Report and reaction from another solid win for one of our Academy sides…
By Matty Paddock - 28/02/2019
Posted 8 months ago
Harriers Academy earned a valuable clean sheet and saw off Tresham College in the English College FA Premier League, writes Elliot Ball.
Even before kick-off, Harriers were facing a goalkeeping crisis, which saw an outfield player start in goal for the Reds.
After a quiet opening, Harriers were in front after 21 minutes. McCarthy picked out Lowth, who hit a wonderful first-time cross to find Collins to divert the ball past the Tresham College goalkeeper.
Harriers so easily could have doubled their lead minutes later when a lofted free kick into the Tresham box fell for Beardsmore, the youngster did well to beat the keeper, but unfortunately, also beat the crossbar.
Both defences held strong as the sides were very well matched. However, the Harriers blockade failed to stop a dangerous Tresham free kick in the 36th minute when the ball found its way through the Reds’ wall, only for Davies to make a smart save to keep the score at 1-0.
I think second half we had a lot more control over the game… Mark Muddyman
The Reds almost made it 2-0 with the last kick of the first half when Merriman cut inside to deceive the Tresham defender only to see his effort comfortably held by the goalkeeper. Luckily, Harriers weren’t made to pay for their missed chances when McCarthy coolly slotted past the goalkeeper to make the score 2-0 to the Reds just before the hour mark.
Ten minutes later, Harriers had added to their lead further to make it 3-0. After Worthington saw everyone in the box fail to get on the end of his dangerous looking cross minutes earlier, he was able to meet the next cross himself with a sublime volley to beat the Tresham goalkeeper.
Moments after the restart, the youngsters thought they’d made it 4-0, but Merriman’s goal was chalked off after the referee brought play back for a foul. It just wasn’t Merriman’s day, as late on he saw his brilliantly struck volley crash against the post and then away.
Academy Coach Mark Muddyman reflected on the hard-fought victory, saying: “We had an outfield player in goal today so we asked the boys to play a little more forward than we would look to normally and I think it worked.
“I think second half we had a lot more control over the game and a lot more territory in their half.
“We created more chances and the second and third established the result and we could have had four or five on another day.
Ed McCarthy commented on his much-deserved goal by adding: “It was nice to get the goal that killed the game.
“It’s two goals in two games for me now, so it’s not too bad.”