Convocation brought a strong side to Moor Lane for this week’s outing, while the Vets were missing one or two of the usual suspects. With Murphy’s knee continuing to be troublesome, his thunderbolt at Shrewsbury now a distant memory, the lack of firepower persists. Killen became Mornington’s latest partner up front, but it would not be right to compare this problem to who opens for England with Alastair Cook. He was much loved and conspicuously skilful.
The opening exchanges were even, though punctuated by loose passing at crucial moments, which was how the first goal was conceded courtesy of Bodey’s brand new Puma Kings. If they were worn in the bath beforehand, it may be that they were on the wrong feet. Five minutes later the second was conceded when he tried to make amends by calling clearly for the ball when a corner was being defended. This caused the otherwise excellent Clay to allow his man to steal in ahead and bullet a header home. Errors apart, there was still much to admire in the attacking football and at 2-0 at the break, the game was far from over.
The second half started brightly and a number of chances were created and missed. With twenty minutes to go, and against the run of play, a penalty was conceded but the captain saved it, as much as a result of gravity as anything else. This had a game-changing event feeling to it, but not as might be hoped. Four goals were conceded in quick succession. Chances came and went again but it is unlikely that we would have scored if we had played until it was dark.
October is not usually a month replete with victories for this side, and that trend is not looking likely to be bucked. But there is always next week …
|October 13, 2018||2:00 pm||Vets XI Fixtures||2018-19|
|14 Moor Ln, Thornton, Liverpool L23 4TW, UK|