Strong second half to defeat Gordons
By Rob Hopkins
Albion score 5 times to extend their winning streak to three.
With manager Elliot Machin away on premier league duty, Will Hammond stood in as player, captain and manager in a 5-2 victory against Gordons Old Boys with a depleted squad which included a return for the retired Stuart Wade.
On what is quite possibly the smallest pitch in 11 a-side football, it was clear from the start that both sides would have little time or space on the ball and long balls would provide to be a common basis of attack.
It took 6 minutes for Albion to break the deadlock. Tim Pankhurst, picked up possession deep inside the opposition half before playing the ball into Will Hammond who launched a thunderous strike that flew into the back of the net, leaving the opposition goalkeeper with no chance.
Both sides had opportunities to change the score line but chances were either saved well or narrowly missed the target. As the half grew, Albion were starting to adapt well with the size of the pitch and were on course to take the one goal lead into half time. Despite this, conceded 2 goals in the last 5 minutes of the half to trail 2-1. The equaliser came from the penalty spot as Jonny West was judged to have made a deliberate handball in the penalty area and then a free header from a long throw put the hosts in front just before half time.
Albion came out into the second half well and almost equalised with Tim Pankhurst’s strike flying past the wrong side of the post. Just a few minutes later, Josh Hill scored an absolute screamer. Tim Pankhurst played provider again passing the ball to Josh Hill on the right wing, who cut in on his left and unleashed a spectacular curling effort from 25 yards with the outside of his right boot.
From then on, the goals kept flowing. Debutant Dan scored Albion’s third after 70 minutes, with another great strike from outside the area after good hold up play from Will Hammond. Just 1 minute later, Albion got their fourth through Tim Pankhurst, who then sealed the win with 10 minutes to go to net his second of the game to put Albion 5-2 up from a long throw from Jonny West.
Gordon’s Old Boys continued to press for a consolation goal but several well timed tackles from the defensive line ensured that Albion kept hold of the three goal margin to run out 5-2 winners.
Many thanks to Stuart Wade for coming back from retirement when numbers were low, who put in a performance he’d be proud of 10 years ago. Also thanks to Rob for taking photos and Neil for his support. We wish our opposition well for the season.