The First team welcomed Kirton to a windy Carlton Park for their final match of 2019 hoping to double our opponents having won 2-1 away a few weeks ago.
It soon became apparent that our opponents were a different side having signed a few new players, in particular in forward positions and they troubled us early on. However our defence stood firm and we started to create chances of our own, the best being a shot from Jack tipped onto the post by the keeper. Unfortunately within a minute of that chance Kirton broke and scored the opening goal with a clever chip from the edge of the area.
We continued to press, with some joy in wide positions, and created further chances but it stayed 0-1 at half time.
As the second half progressed we pushed Kirton back as we went looking for the equaliser. Again we had chances but a mix of poor finishing and bad luck, where the ball would just not fall to us, meant we remained behind. Kirton created chances of their own and only a last ditch tackle by Dale kept the score at 0-1.
With around 5 minutes to go, and throwing players forward, we were caught and found ourselves 0-2 down. Almost immediately we were given a lifeline when Mower was brought down and Jack coolly dispatched the penalty.
Unfortunately we ran out of time and the match ended 1-2.
In summary we had chances to win the game and certainly did not deserve to lose it, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
The Reserves are home next week to Stage FC in the Cup in the final match of the year.