An ever growing injury list meant that Jose Welshino was forced into some shape and personnel changes – most notably with a debut for Rhys Parish, a heroic comeback from a bizzare injury for Joe Tilstone and the ever increasingly regular, yet still ridiculously odd, sight of Powell wearing the number 1 shirt.
Against a decent Clements side, a quick start was needed so Welshy wanted a high tempo pressing game. A quality midfield performance by Kyle set the tempo with his 3rd strike in 3 games. The Clements back four were clearly shaken by the intimidating sight of Jake Prince and Luc constantly hounding them. The two work horses upfront created the 2nd goal through sheer determination and a calm finish from Princey set us on the way. Luke went off shortly after to add to the queue for the physio room for Tuesday night but it was his replacement , Rhys Parish who notched his first goal for the cross keys in a similar fashion to Jakes goal. 2-0 and coasting…only for St Peters right back / St Clements striker Nathan De La Haye to spark a mad 20minutes before half time as he toe poked towards his own goal from just 8 yards out, only to be denied a fairly spectacular oggie by the outstretched size 12 left boot of mine. A couple of your everyday one handed one on one saves from myself, and a penalty which was initially given and then un-given (correctly) , later and we had reached half time – miraculously still with a 3-0 lead in tact.
The 4th goal was crucial in the game so when Massi Furness, another new addition to the Peter’s, smashed in his first goal for St Peters the game looked one. The back four, who were excellent throughout, were marshalled by Parker and Blamps and although they had to deal with numerous set pieces, never really looked troubled. In fact it was the defence who started the fourth St Peters goal. In a move which would not look out of place in a stadium like Maracana, or possibly even Elland Road for that matter, we strung together some brilliant one touch passing before some more Parish magic set Princey free for his second of the game.
Despite a minor blip with 15 minutes to go when a volley from 30 yards out from Jordan Spencer of St Clements rifled it’s way in to my top left bin, we looked comfortable. A fifth goal from Luc sealed all doubt, but it was Princey who rounded off the scoring (shortly after a scrappy Clements second) from the spot to complete his hat-trick.
Fantastic effort from all involved but special mentions obviously to Princey, Rhys’s and the centre back duo of Parker and Blamps. Also to Harrison from the U16s who stepped in confidently in the second half. Most importantly it’s a perfect 3 from 3 for the cross-keys. A weekend off next Sunday before the big clash with St Pauls on the 11th October. Hopefully some of the 9 injuries will be back!