Axholme Raiders 0
Park Tigers 2
IT’S always a tough game against the Scunthorpe side and Sunday wouldn’t be any different in this Jack Kalson U15s match.
The Raiders started brightly having the early possession and creating the first few chances of the game. Notable efforts came from Hazel and Tuplin who both saw the Tigers keeper save well.
Watchman and Young linked up well to create the next chance which fell to Smith, but the Tigers defence held firm.
At the other end the away team were finding it hard to make the breakthrough with the back four of Watchman, Coggan, Harvey and Walker, holding strong in front of keeper Whiteley.
The Tigers front line was left to having to shoot from distance and Whiteley showed safe hands on more than one occasion.
The next Raiders chance was a long range effort from Burr, who with Hicken had held the centre of the midfield together. With half time approaching the away team were gaining in confidence as chance after chance by the Raiders came to nothing.
A rare corner for the Tigers saw them take the lead after the ball was headed in. The last chance of the half again fell to the Raiders, this time Young seeing his shot saved.
The Raiders could feel a little bit aggrieved to be a goal down at the break after having had most of the possession.
The second half started with both teams battling hard, Young had a shot hit the outside of the post, and it continued to look like ‘one of those days.’ Subs were made, Vernon on the right, Cuthbert at full back and Stewart up front, but the momentum of the game seemed to be swinging in favour of the away team. Then the dreaded long ball over the top found the Tigers forward in space, who neatly chipped the ball over Whiteley to make the score 2-0.
Burdett and Musgreaves were brought on, and a few positional changes were made but the Raiders never really threatened to pull the game back.
Raider’s man of the match was Will Harvey.