Albury vs Cobras (words Andy Leete, pics Helen Covey)
The skies remained threatening but the rain had eased with pitch in great condition considering the amount of rain.
The Cobras welcomed back Kelsey 'The Rock' Covey to the heart of defence, returning Ben to the midfield engine room.
From the start the Cobras seemed to have learned from previous weeks and were on the front foot from the first whistle, playing some nice passing football and testing the opposition keeper early on.
Both Harry and Oscar S showing tremendous energy and link up play. Cobras early pressure was causing no end of problems for the Milford back line with panic causing a flurry of Cobras corners. A sublime pin point Willem corner found its way into dangerous areas with a scramble the ball was lashed home by an alert Sam. 1-0 Cobras.
With confidence high and the ball being moved around nicely by the Cobras further chances came with Sam again striking a long range effort past the Milford keeper to make it 2-0. Further Cobras pressure found Sam alert in the six yard box following a rebound off their keeper to audaciously 'rabona' the rebound it to make it 3-0. Nice way to complete your 'hat trick'
This was impressive stuff, Cobras changes followed and it was only then Milford woke up and joined the game. The home side started to assert themselves with a more determined attitude and Barney was finally called into action making several important saves. New boy Ollie making several vital interceptions to repel the re-energised Milford. There then followed a bizarre passage of play with the home team being awarded two penalties and converting both with Barney desperately unlucky not to keep out the first spot kick. Game on ! 3-2 Cobras.
The half time whistle was welcomed by the Cobras who needed to try and regroup. The message was 'not to panic' , keep the ball moving the chances would come but to up the work rate and win those tackles instead of standing off.
Further Cobras half chances came and went but Milford were always dangerous on the break and the back line of Luc, Kelsey and Fin showed great determination to keep Milford at bay. With ten minutes remaining a long range Milford strike gave Angus little chance and the scoreline was now 4-3.
Sensing something possible Milford poured forward with chance after chance, Angus pulling off a string of important saves and interceptions. The inside of the Cobras post was also rattled with a long range shot and rebound rolling agonisingly back across the six yard box with no one able to apply the finishing touch.
With the Cobras finding it hard to get out of there own half the away supporters contingent were worried, could they hold on ? In the dying minutes Milford were still creating chances in dangerous areas, thankfully last ditch tackles were won, shots were blocked and Angus was in fine form in goal.
After what seemed an eternity the final whistle came much to everyone's relief. A gritty performance with great determination shown to get a valuable well earned win.
Well done to Ben and Harry for some impressive performances backed up with a great team togerthness on show.