With cricket having taken over from football at Tally Ho!, Moors Academy FC’s final home game in Division Two was played on their opponents’ ground. The club thanked Hampton FC for their co-operation and generosity.
Moors began brightly, with Blessing Nhundu making the byeline in the second minute, but the cross was too close to the ‘Keeper who claimed it with glee. No to be daunted, Nhundu tried his luck from eighteen yards, but was wide.
Then disaster struck. With just four minutes on the clock, a miss-placed pass in midfield exposed the Moors back line and Morrison took full advantage to open the scoring.
Nevertheless, Moors set about re-dressing the balance. They found it tough going against a determined Hampton side. Moors had all the play, and spent most of the remaining time up to the break in their opponents half of the park. Yet clean-cut chances were few and far between. A strange reluctance to shoot was to prove expensive. There were times when an old-fashioned punt at goal might well have produced a result. The young Moors tried to tee-up the perfect shot, and before you could blink, the chance had gone.
We reached the half-way point with Hampton a goal to the good. It was a different story after the re-start. Moors really set about gaining that equalizer. In the second forty-five minutes they notched up no less than fourteen attempts on target and another five off target.
To compound their frustration, nineteen fouls were awarded against Hampton, and just five against Moors in the entire game! Hampton managed just four shots on target in the game. But then, they did not have to exert themselves up field. All they had to do to win the game was keep the Moors out. They did this by “parking the bus” in front of goal. Try as the Moors might, they were unable to break down this stern resistance.
With 80% of the play, technically superior to their opponents, and Hampton moaning to Referee Sudbury all the time, Moors just could not get that goal. John Purvin in Hampton’s goal, led a dual life of real brave and decisive play and sheer good fortune. Whatever, he and his defence kept out a fierce barrage of attacking play by Moors.
At the end, it was frustration for the Moors. Yet again they had out-played the opposition, and got nothing.
With just one game to play (tonight at Burbage), Moors Academy FC are in 7th place in Division two of the Total Motion Midland Football league with 39 points from 29 games. Whatever happens now, they will end the season with a creditable mid-table position.
Moors: Maxwell, Nhundu (Clarke), Sephton, Bennett, Chisholm, Lupano (c), Khooshkoo (Bourne), Martin, Pryce(Pickering), Mahmood, Hirst. Sub not used, Barkers and McNally.
Officials: Paul Sudbury, Joe Ellis & Josh Sudbury.