Squad : Neo, Nathan, Charlie C, Charlie D, Liam, Tom, Chris, Harry, Will, Fletch. Declan, Ethan, Rowan, Alex
Goals : Liam, Alex, Chris
The Magpies finished the season with an entertaining encounter at Plaistow FC. In what has been a highly competitive league season, the games have all been close and this was no exception against a spirited Milford side.
In the first half the whites started strongly and soon found themselves 1-0 up after Liam’s speculative effort ran under the keeper. Alex then made it 2-0 after his cross-cum-shot sailed over the keeper’s head into the corner. At this stage the magpies were looking strong but Milford still posed a threat with a strong and direct midfield and a dangerous striker, and they pulled one back after Neo’s good save fell to their striker to poke home. And then just as the half time was about to blow a through ball from Milford ran through and they converted to even the score.
Roll on to the second half and the intensity of the game grew with a nice ebb and flow to it. The pattern taking hold being Loxwood applying the pressure and Milford looking dangerous on the break. And indeed it was from a Loxwood corner where Milford broke with pace to score to go 3-2 up!!
This was a real emotional test for the whites but to be fair no-one’s heads dropped and the pressure and physicality continued apace with Chris really unlucky when the keeper made a fabulous save after a half volley, then Rowan nearly converted – shooting just wide after a good cross from Will. Eventually Loxwood did draw level when a long ball was flicked on by Fletch and Chris tucked the ball away to make it 3-3. The pressure continued with Rowan having a header cleared off the line and Neo’s header being tipped round the post by the keeper. But the whites just couldn’t quite convert these chances to score the winner and into the final minute it was Milford who had a free kick in a dangerous position which Harry athletically turned over for the last action of the game as the final whistle then sounded to signal the end of a highly entertaining encounter.
What was so pleasing from this performance was the attitude and resilience from the magpies having gone 3-2 down and they were so unlucky not to come out on top in this match. Man of the match this week goes to Tom who played with great energy, determination and skill – well done Mr. Bonney!!