Finally I get to report on a United win! It’s an absorbing game with a wonderful atmosphere at Plainmoor from a noisy Yellow Army and the boys deservedly take all three points in an enthralling and nail biting second half. We do it the hard way after allowing Braintree to take the lead, but the commitment is there again and this time chances are taken by Williams and Lee to give us a chance of staying up.
Player Ratings (out of 10):
Gallifuoco 8 McGinty 8 Anderson 7 Turner 7
Lee 7 Young 7 Verma 8
Williams 9 Reid 7 Keating 7
1 – Brett controls the ball nicely and then from outside the area slots it perfectly in the left hand corner. Cue wild celebrations in Bristow’s!
2 – Williams again, with a banging volley from 8 yards out after a ricochet around the penalty area. Excellent technique that gives us the lead. Cue wild celebrations in Bristow’s!
3 – Close range shots somehow don’t find the net (again!) and it’s down to Lee to finish right footed to put the game to bed at last. Cue (you’ve guessed it) wild celebrations in Bristow’s!
Man of the Match:
Brett Williams: It has to be Brett! Two tremendous finishes for a goal in both halves, and also a bizarre disallowed goal before that where United are just about to kick off – before the linesman intervenes. Brett’s all round play is good with clever touches and appreciation of where Ruairi and Reidy are running. He may not run that much, however the striker is our most accomplished finisher and proves it today.
Special mentions also for McGinty (commanding), Verna (great captains display) and GG (confident and composed). All the team showed fight for both Nico and the fans.
Nico rightly goes for the jugular with 3 upfront and the decision pays off. Reidy and Ruairi work there socks off, and whilst there are some gaps in midfield (despite Young and Verms hard work) we are much the better team in the second half and could have easily won 4 or 5-1.
Braintree control much of the first 20 minutes, so their goal is not a surprise. They depend much on set pieces to cause us trouble, and you can see how they cause the odd surprise. They certainly know how to win free kicks/corners and look to get down the channels, tactics which we’ve seen a number of times at Plainmoor this season – and numerous times with better results!
Two key moments really. Williams second goal giving us a lead at a time we were bossing things, and a Braintree header hitting our crossbar midway through the second half. For all our dedication and hard work that chance could have turned the game on its head, we’ve seen it happen too many times before.
Jamie Reid: Jamie does so many things right, from running the channels to sweet touches and bringing other players into play. The one thing he isn’t is a natural finisher and for all Reidy’s super work he rarely troubles goalkeepers. A perfect chance is given to the striker today and instead of calmly taking the ball round the keeper he panics. Hard to be too critical as the work rate is there; I guess if he took loads of chances City would not be loaning him out.
What an afternoon! I barely had any voice left by the second half, and we just couldn’t finish them off. We got there though and the fans are bonded together more than ever in support of their team – together we are stronger. I said before we weren’t finished yet and there’s no reason why can’t do it. Come on you yellows!