Leicester Wildecats - 13 April 2014 (Home)
Terriers ended the season with another positive result, but other scores in the last games of the season could still make all the difference to the final table.
Playing against the wind in the first half, Leicester had chances due to the attacking formation that was chosen for the win-or-bust clash, but as has been the case for much of Wildecats' season, goals were difficult to come by. It wasn't just disappointing finishing that led to their missed chances, but solid defensive work and sweeping up by Jonny B in goal kept them at bay.
At half-time, an attacking change was made by Terriers which saw Conor S being relieved of his midfield target man role and AJ's pace being introduced up front in his final game in the pink and black. The switch had an almost immediate effect too, although not at the right end.
A sloppy opening passage of play at the start of the second period led to a Leicester forward finding himself through on goal, but a mixture of Jonny and Rob G saw that he didn't make any progress, albeit in a manner which didn't endear them to the referee, who awarded a penalty that was duly dispatched.
The goal was the wake-up call that we needed, with more passes finding their marks and good utilisation of more direct balls, to take advantage of the conditions. However, it was from a set piece of our own that we equalised, with a trademark Dom B freekick from 20-odd yards nestling into the bottom corner of the goal, with the keeper motionless.
Leicester had their chances as we pressed on for a winner, but their striking hoodoo continued to affect them. By contrast, our luck was finally in when a hopeful through-ball-cum-shot from James C looped over the despairing goalie to give us the three points. There could have been a third goal to seal the victory when AJ went clean through, but in lifting the ball over the on-rushing keeper, it hit the crossbar and bounced downwards, but not over the line in the view of the referee.
That took us to ten for the season and now we need Leicester to avoid defeat in their final game against HotScots for us to remain in GFSN Division 1.
Man of the match was picked by the manager this week, with it being awarded to Freddie, who had been reintroduced to the forward position which he used to inhabit earlier in his Terriers career.
Credit to Jim H for today's match report.