On Saturday 13th October a long drive to Hull eventually brought the reward of a match well played and won. Having Yorkshire’s biggest fair set up next to the pitch was never going to make things easy especially as the music and waltzers started halfway through the game, but a solid flowing performance from the Men’s fifth team saw a well earned victory against Hull.
The back four of Steve Fealy, Matthew Smith, Danny Croxall and David Smyth held a solid line and moved the ball easily out of danger from any Hull attacks. The midfield of Harry Gunning, Tom Pitchforth, Geoff Birkett and Ben Jackson moved the ball well across the pitch easily able to make use of the left or right side. Elliot Goulding and Peter Gunning led the forward line with both boys looking to add to their goal tallies.
It was Harry Gunning however who scored first with an impressive early run into the D scoring past a frustrated defender and helpless keeper. Great triangular passes and work from Geoff Birkett and Tom Pitchforth saw the ball released to Ben on the wing early to always give attacking options.
Danny Smith made several successful appearances from midfield to defence as some team tinkering pushed Danny Croxall to right wing and after rolling on the ground like an Italian footballer during one tackle he settled well into his new role making solid sweeps and passes that played to his strengths.
Slaz had the game in the bag now so the left and right backs in the shape of Danny Smith and Steve Fealy pushed on for possession and Steve’s fine passing sweep in front of goal saw a panicked defender turn the ball into his own net. Steve still claims it as his own though. Peter Gunning was now hunting for a goal to add to his goal a game claim he didn’t disappoint with a scrambled effort to put Slaz three nil up and eventual victors.