AFTER last week’s win Kings were looking to build on the victory and push themselves into the early leading pack near the top of the Gainsborough and District Sunday League Premier Division.
Preparations couldn’t have got off to a worse start when at 9.45am Kings only had seven players, due to work commitments, injuries and persons choosing to sleep off the night before rather than run it off.
After heated discussions in the car park, Kings promoted several reserve team players and scraped eleven players together.
With five minutes to go before kick-off Kings were still awaiting right back Scott Jones, who had informed the team he would miss kick off as he was finishing off last night’s kebab for breakfast, this meant manager Mark Goodliffe had to get kitted up and make an earlier than anticipated come back from a knee injury until Jones arrived.
The message from manager Goodliffe was “Go out there, graft and make sure you come off the pitch feeling good knowing you couldn’t have done anymore”. Straight from kick off it seemed Kings were in for a hard game as MUSC kept possession well and created chance after chance but the defence of Spink, Carroll, Bloomfield and Dawes were keeping them at bay and anything that did get through, keeper Stanley was more than capable of dealing with.
After 10 mins, Jones arrived which enabled Goodliffe to come off and Kings to push Spink to a more familiar striker roll with Jones slotting in at right back. Special mention to Bingham who did the work of two people whilst Goodliffe was on the pitch.
As the half went on MUSC, were creating chance after chance but it was clear that the manager’s message had sunk in and everyone was putting their bodies on the line to keep the score sheet blank. Keeper Stanley especially pulling off some saves of the highest calibre. It was all smiles again at half time as the players went off for a well-deserved Bingham spring water break. Belief was starting to creep in to the Kings Team and frustration for the MUSC team which spurred Kings on even more.
The second half began much as the first finished with Kings holding firm, the midfield of Taylor, Hughes, M Johnson and Godley were working tirelessly to win the ball then try and keep a bit of possession. After Bingham picked up a knock Spink had all on trying to hold the ball up and give the defence a bit of a breather which he did brilliantly.
Kings were rewarded a rare corner, and it was from this that they took a surprised but well deserved lead. Hughes swung a corner to the far post where the new slim line Bloomfield rose to power a header goal wards where Carroll was on hand to smash the ball past the keeper from fully two yards out, to open his account for the season.
At one nil it was backs to wall stuff again as MUSC piled on the pressure, and just as it looked like they had broken through the Kings solid rear guard, keeper Stanley leapt out of no-where to produce a save of the highest standard, which for Kings was just as good as a goal.
As the half went on, MUSC were running out of ideas of how to break through the king’s midfield and defence and started giving the kings more possession which in turn led to the Kings scoring a great counter attack goal. Taylor burst forward releasing the ball to Bingham who played a neat one two with Spink leaving him clear through on goal and he made no mistake smashing the ball past the keeper.
Still MUSC piled forward but the Kings saw the game out with great defending, Credit must go to Mark Godley, Daz Dawes, Stew Bloomfield and Mick Johnson, who all stepped up from the reserve team and more than staked their claim for a regular first team slot. All the Kings players deserve great credit though for really pushing themselves to the limit and there was some tired and aching bodies coming off the pitch at the end. It just goes to show that all the hard work over the years of creating a big squad from the Kings managers has paid off. If only all the players had the same commitment as the 33 that turned up this week then Kings would be on to great things. Next week Kings first team are away at FS Clumber can all players try and meet on time.
Man of the Match – Chris Stanley