ActiveWin FC have been riding high in both the Cup and League, dishing out some absolute thumpings along the way. But you can’t win them all, and the team got a bitter taste of their own medicine as they fell to a 7-1 defeat against Steel Tips FC.
The Steel Tips line up included two players who are friends of AW FC, but it was definitely not better the devil you know. They tested our metal, and we were found severely wanting.
Player manager Adam Jackson was away and several late drop outs left the team having to call in some last minute reinforcements. Rowley’s ringers did their best, the pick of the bunch being Sean, who was a thorn in the opposition’s side and provided ActiveWin’s only consolation goal.
With key players missing the ActiveWin team never quite gelled and it was easy for a well-organised and skilled Steel Tips side to press their advantage. Liam Tyler had some good moments and Ashley Leith and Adam Rowley tried to recreate the success of their strike partnership, which has proven prolific in previous games. However, it wasn’t to be, and despite Dave Bates efforts in goal, Steel Tips went into the break 0-3 up. Meanwhile, ActiveWin had failed to test the opposing keeper.
Striker Rowley took the decision to put himself in midfield in a valiant attempt to plug some of the holes through which ActiveWin were leaking goals. Despite this, the team never quite got a foothold into the game, and more goals followed. The rain did not let up all evening, and neither did the Steel Tips forwards. Only some brilliant blocks from Eliot Jacob and surprisingly proficient saves from Bates kept the score from entering double figures.
Verdict: The game was lost in midfield but, in truth, ActiveWin were bested in almost every position. It just wasn’t our night, but will hopefully prove an anomaly in a largely impressive season.
MOTM: Once again Jacob excelled himself (apart from his part in the first goal), but Bates not only stepped up to take the place of missing goalkeeper James Alker, he also acquitted himself incredibly well between the sticks. Despite the scoreline Bates was not at fault for the majority of the goals, and actually kept the tally down with a series of athletic saves.
Preview: Next up it’s the final group match of the Summer Cup and ActiveWin should progress, providing they can get past Robbie Way FC. Once again, Jackson is away, so it will be up to Rowley, Jacob and returning Captain Eddie Jordan to elicit the right response from their teammates. Watch this space.