Report: Colls 5-3 Daisy Hill

Friday Night Football made its debut on Friday 10th October as the Collieries played Daisy Hill at home in the NWCFL. The last time the two clubs met came last season when Atherton beat local rivals Daisy 5-0 at Alder House on Monday 25th November 2013. The game started out brightly for Colls, controlling the game from the start. On six minutes, Mark Truffas twisted and turned his way into the Daisy box but fired well over. However, this wasn’t a problem as a minute later he found the back of the net after some fantastic build up play. Right back Jake Kenny had advanced into the final third and chipped the ball down the wing to Ben Hardcastle. The ball was then fired in and Truffas hit a sweet volley into the bottom right hand corner. On nine minutes it was the turn of captain Andrew Heald to have his first effort of the game. Heald collected the ball in midfield after it was headed to him and he fired the ball just over the Daisy Hill cross bar. Daisy Hill registered their first real effort on goal on 21 minutes through Sakeel Abdullah. The striker was making his debut for the club having returned from a spell at Premier Division side 1874 Northwich. Abdullah cut into the box and curled his shot across the goal; well wide of Danny Taberner’s right hand post. From the resulting goal kick, Truffas had another effort on goal, this time thirty yards from goal. However, his shot flew narrowly wide. With 36 minutes of the game gone Colls’ Mark Battersby found himself on the edge of the box in possession of the ball. With time and space the league's top goalscorer unleashed a stinging effort which was well saved by Aaron Ashley in the visitors goal. Daisy found themselves level on 42 minutes thanks to a Jordan Hussey penalty. The penalty was awarded when Abdullah stormed into the area and was adjudged to have been brought down. As in the penalty shoot out against Radcliffe Borough, Danny Taberner got a hand to the penalty but power took it past him into the back of the net. With the half time whistle fast approaching the referee awarded a penalty to Collieries. The awarding of both penalties had been slightly contentious, but the referee had a superb match nonetheless. Mark Battersby stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner, with Ashley diving the correct way. Half Time – Atherton Collieries 2-1 Daisy Hill. Four minutes into the second half and Colls found themselves with three goals to Daisy’s one. Mark Battersby crossed the ball in for his strike partner Kris Holt to head in, a great link up between both players. Ten minutes later and Daisy had a goal back. Colls gave a daft free kick away on the edge of the area and Daisy’s Jake Foster scored a sublime free kick. The ball curled over the wall and hit the underside of the bar, bouncing into the back of the net; Taberner could do nothing to stop it. Daisy had pressured their hosts well and had matched them in midfield at times. However, as the match progressed the home side's fitness levels paid off. A man of the match display from Mark Truffas helped Colls edge further in front, but this wasn't before more chances had been squandered. Truffas cut inside the Daisy area and sent a teasing ball across for Mark Battersby who fired just wide. Minutes later. Kris Holt also missed a fantastic opportunity to put the game to bed. With just six minutes of the game remaining the Collieries made it 4-2 through Truffas. Starting out on the wing he had the ball played through to him on the right side of the Daisy box. Keeping a cool and calm head, he turned in on himself before curling the ball into the bottom right hand corner. However, a minute later Daisy, not wanting to give up, scored again. Substitute Michel Gervin heading in from a corner. As the game was coming to a close Atherton had full control of the game and were passing the ball confidently. They scored again on 90 minutes. Westley Bancroft's free kick was deflected off the Daisy wall into the feet of Battersby. All he had to do was shoot at goal and he would score, he did just that, adding to his already impressive goal tally. Full Time – Atherton Collieries 5-3 Daisy Hill Another fine win which keeps the 100% record so far this season going. Our opponents, Daisy Hill, played well throughout the game and never gave up when others sometimes would have done. A big thank you must go the 607 of you that turned up to watch this entertaining NWCFL tie, your support really is appreciated by everyone at the football club and you are welcome to a game again any time!

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