Thursday, 15 August 2013
Albion Sports survive late Garforth Town comeback
Albion continued to attack and a second goal was inevitable. Charlie Flaherty was allowed to run down the left wing and his cross was sent into the Garforth by Miners midfielder McMurrough.
The score-line remained at 2-0 at half-time, but it could have been a lot worse. Dugdale had missed from close range and Garforth defender Andrew Hawksworth had cleared the ball off-the-line from Facey and Elliott Holmes efforts.
Although it mainly backs against the wall stuff in the first half, Joshua Greenhalgh did miss an open goal during injury-time.
The money was on more Albion goals, but the withdrawal of striker Facey, who was holding the ball up for Albion, gave Garforth a way back.
The RIASA player then conjured up more magic with a strike on the edge of the box to suddenly bring the Miners back from the dead – with still five minutes on the clock.
Albion needed experienced defenders James Stansfield, who won the 2003 player of the season award at Bradford Park Avenue, and Brown to steady the ship.
Garforth head coach Graham Nicholas, who confirmed that a penalty-taker will be appointed at training tonight, was upbeat because of the late rally.
“We need to apply what we have done in the last 25 minutes at the start of the game. I think we went off with a positive attitude, but its sloppy play that has cost us,” he said.
“We knew we were vulnerable from set-pieces and we mentioned that before we went out because we do lack the height and strength in the air. We conceded and then went onto score an own goal so we were up against it.
“I wouldn’t look at the defence, we out-run in the midfield. They were clever in terms of our two-wide players weren’t tracking back enough for me and they (Albion) went to a diamond four which outnumbered our two central midfielders.
“That is where the game was won and lost. At 3-0 down I was fuming, but we weren’t having the luck. We have to defend better, but in the last 25 minutes we were superb.”