Marshalls triumph in scrappy encounter

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Scunthorpe Jack Kalson League

Marshalls Sports U12s 3,

Brigg Town U12s 2

SPORTS consolidated their sixth place in the Barclays Corporate Division as they moved to within two points of their opponents in fifth.

After their high octane performance the previous week, Marshalls were below par in a very scrappy match where neither side really dominated. They again made changes as Tom Wood partnered skipper Joe Pettit at the heart of defence with Simon Hooton and Joe Tennyson at full backs. Will Goddard, Declan Mulholland, Spencer Robson and Sean Lawrence occupied the midfield, with Jack McMenemy and Ewan Miles leading the attack.

Corey Holt and Bradley Shaw started as substitutes as the visitors controlled the first five minutes without testing Josh Johnson in the home net before two quick goals gave Marshalls the advantage.

Playing on the right of midfield, Robson battled to win the ball before laying it off to Mulholland, who reacted quickest to his first effort being blocked to curl the ball superbly with his left foot into the far corner.

This was quickly followed by a burst down the right by Robson, who shot from a tight angle to score his sixth of the season.

Brigg reacted immediately as Johnson had to be alert at his near post to turn the ball round for the corner before he made the save of the match. The Town striker latched onto a through ball before shooting on the half volley. The ball was destined for the top corner before the outstretched fingers from Johnson touched the ball onto the crossbar.

With Sports failing to create in the last third, the visitors found a way back into the match with a fortuitous strike from distance which Johnson failed to judge with the sun in his eyes. This lifted the visitors as they began to shoot more from distance, but Johnson was alert to any danger to make some comfortable claims.

The scores were level on the stroke of half-time as a corner was not cleared and the ball was tapped over the line from a yard out.

A slight shuffle to the Marshalls line up was made and they began positively in the second period as McMenemy started to see more of the ball. Unfortunately, Sports were unable to capitalise on increased possession as the match settled into a midfield battle with both keepers virtual spectators.

The winner came as a free kick from Pettit was blocked, but Wood knocked the ball into the box. With Brigg appealing for off-side, the match official allowed the play to continue and, as the ball fell to Goddard, it ricocheted between him and Shaw before the latter scored with a scruffy finish. The visitors attempted to rally, but they could only muster one chance in the last five minutes which was volleyed wide of the mark. With four matches left this season, Marshalls will hope to finish their first season in 11-a-side football with wins in them all.