City leave it late against Lye Town
By NIGEL UPSON
City pushed hard be determined Lye Town squad and Allen seals the victory.
City knew this was going to be a difficult game and with key players unavailable at the last minute they had to dig deep as a sqaud supported by the U16's as well.
City took the initiative early on in atrocious conditions and should have been 3 up 15 minutes. However, again the finishing wasn't quite there and chances were squandered. Lye siezed the initiative and began to press hard and create opportunities. When they took the lead and deservedly so, at 0v1 suddenly City looked vulnerable. City then conceded a penalty which Lye then missed. A let off.
City then managed to rally and Joe Clarke squeezed an equaliser home and at 1v1 the balance was restored.
1v1 at HT.
With the rain lashing down City made changes and immediately the momentum swung. Great work by Gabriel found Patrick-Rivers and he rounded the GK to finish neatly for 2v1 and City were back in front.
However, Lye kept coming and as City again missed 1v1 chances cleverly set up by Olly Berry and Thomas Mills but not taken, Lye then forced an equaliser and suddenly City were all square again. Hard working Nathaniel Nisbett took a well earned rest and with Zachary Bowater, Thomas Griffin, Ethan Sherwood and Ish Mahmood in defence looking determined not to concede again, City pressed hard. With minutes left, the ball fell to man of the match Tom Allen 25 yards out beyond the D and he smashed a half volley home like a bullet for 3v2 and City were ahead again. A wonder goal worthy of winning any game.
With the weather as it was, both teams did well to deal with the game and to play such end to end football. Lye were excellent throughout.
City just edged it at the whistle and managed to dig deep for their victory.