After three successive league wins, the 4th placed Whites were brimming with confidence coming into a traditionally tough encounter with the 5th placed Unley. A win for either team would keep us in touch with the top 3, whilst a loss would surely consign us to mid-table mediocrity.
Surprisingly, Steve had a pretty familiar looking squad of 15 coming into the game… Not a single first gamer in the squad. That being said, there were still 7 changes from the previous week!
Glyn returned to goals after a week off, with Kurt joining myself (Saf) in the middle of defence and Bobby and Eddie on the flanks – interestingly Eddie this week playing on the left, with Steve trying to exploit that wing as our area of attack.
The midfield was Saber & Jan in the middle, with James Z and Phil out wide, James B was our target man and Alister sitting just behind him.
After all the rain we’d had, we expected the Unley pitch to be pretty slushy. This was compounded by the fact their 5th team played a game just before us & ensured we had a very difficult surface to play on.
This didn’t deter Steve from his game-plan & nor did it deter the boys, as we immediately took a firm hold of the game, as short passes followed by flowing moves to our wings ensued. James B was getting a lot of the ball up front, but his passes weren’t quite connecting.
He soon made amends though, as a searching run from Eddie down the wing (went past 3 players) resulted in a nice interplay between James & Eddie, before Eddie banged the ball in from about 10 yards!
Not long after we were 2 up, as Phil and Eddie again tore up the left flank before Eddie passed to Saber, who returned the favour for Eddie to score an almost identical goal.
Across the midfield and at the back we’d looked largely untroubled & had been employing Glyn as a sweeping-keeper to good effect.
It came as a shock then to concede a goal just before the break, as their nuggetty forward had space on the wing & his cross somehow drifted into the far post.
This stirred the coach into action as Steve made a double substitution, bringing Jan and Collins on for James Z and Alister.
At half time, Steve was largely happy with the performance. He asked us to kee