New side TSC FC have had a baptism of fire in the Sunday Alliance. After losing their opening game against Skye FC 5-0 last Sunday they were then beaten 8-0 away at leaders Blackpool Rangers in midweek. Still without a goal the Tesco Sports Club were out looking for some improvement in the 1st Round of the Gledhill. New manager Jason Cross had recently taken over from Alan Ball who was playing at centre half.
Today's opponents were another new Alliance side Tec and Elec FC. Based at the Old England Pub their manager Danny Corbishley had brought in a couple of players from last season's Anchorsholme Park Rangers (including himself) as well as the kit. Last Sunday they became Ansdell FC's first victims in the Alliance as last season's bottom club notched up their first ever win against them. Neither of these Cup minnows are going to get anywhere near winning the trophy but a win today could set up a money spinning tie in round two against one of the Premier Division big guns.
After the boot check referee Colin Brownsell finally got us underway at 11:07 on pitch 6 with Tec kicking off towards Bispham Village in the white kit. Claremont Cons have an 'It's a knockout' kinda thing going on in the background.
Tec kick off
Tec stopper Carl 'Carlo' Greenhalgh
Tesco striker Ben Price (Left)
The first twenty minutes of the match were fairly even as both sides took time to settle down. Tesco manufactured a decent opportunity when after a failed over head kick the ball fell to Jason Richardson who's volley was well held by Carlo. At the other end Moss and the Hamer's were looking dangerous on the break.
Tesco keeper Palmer keeps a close eye on the Tec striker.
On 33 minutes Tec made the breakthrough and it was a bad goal for Tesco to concede. A Tesco defender miscued his clearance with the ball spinning high and viciously back towards his own keeper. Palmer went up to catch along with a Tec forward. As a result of the collision the ball fell from the hands of Palmer and across the front of goal for Terry Hamer who couldn't miss from a yard out. Palmer looked to have the ball under control before being impeded but the Ref cast all claims for a foul aside and the goal stood.
The goal inspired added confidence throughout the Tec team as they applied constant pressure on Palmer's goal. On 38 minutes the pressure paid off with a second. A break down the left resulted in a pass along the edge of the box and the other Hamer lashed it high into the roof of the net giving the keeper absolutely no chance.
Palmer gathers for Tesco
A minute later and with the Tesco defenders looking shellshocked Tec went three up. Busy forward Ant Moss went on a solo run down the left, beat three players and drove it across Palmer into the far corner. Half time couldn't come quick enough for the Tesco defence who were now looking as nervous as the shuttle crew on re-entry. On the stroke of half time Scott McCabe made it four.
Half Time : TSC FC 0 – 4 Tec and Elec FC
Tesco players take on board refreshment during the half time break.
Carlo hoofs it up-field for Tec and Elec
A couple of Tesco players who'd turned up 30 minutes late were brought on at half time. They'd never have got a game in my day. However, the introduction of Lee Johnson upfront and the number 8 in midfield added a new dimension to the team as both players worked hard as they tried to atone for their earlier tardiness. The performance was much improved but slightly against the run of play Tec & Elec made it five. Another break, this time down the right found McCabe. His cross fell to Moss at the far post who made no mistake firing the ball into the top corner.
Moss acknowledges the crowd's cheers after his goal
Tesco's second half striker Lee Johnson
Five minutes after going close only moments before Tesco scored their first ever Alliance goal after 235 minutes of trying. Good determination from Ben Price saw him through on goal and this time his sweet left footed strike flew past Carlo into the bottom corner, the goal sparking a major celebration from players and supporters alike.
Tesco break their Alliance duck with a goal from Ben Price
Despite the goal Tesco were still giving bargains away at the back as Tec looked dangerous on almost every attack. After a good save from Palmer the ball cruelly fell to Moss who scored with a simple tap in. At the other end Tesco scored another following the best move of the match. A neat pass into the outside right channel found Price and this time he turned provider as his cross from the byline found the head of Ryan Gladwin who nodded home.
Further goals from Tec & Elec including a neat finish from player manager Danny Corbishley made it 8-2 before Scott McCabe, completely unmarked, took advantage of complete lack of concentration from Tesco defenders as he got on the end of a quick throw-in before firing past Palmer to make it 9-2.
Man of the Match Scott McCabe (Left) for Tec and Elec FC
With time running out referee Brownsell blew for a push in the box and awarded Tesco a penalty. Ryan Gladwin stepped up and slotted it home with great composure.
Tec and Elec's Ant Moss who back-chatted all the way through the game receives a strong talking to from Brownsell. Anymore and you're off that way.
It's all over as Brownsell blows the whistle to bring the game to an end. Nice new haircut Colin !
Final score : TSC FC 3 – 9 Tec and Elec FC
Another tough game then for Tesco who still look some way off getting that first win. At the beginning of each half they looked comfortable but at the end of each half they were all at sea. Morale is still high and manager Cross expects a big improvement as soon as his team adapt to Sunday football and fitness improves. They have to get more organised at the back if they're to stop leaking goals, They have the personnel up front to score a few but all too often they get little supply.
After a nervy opening Tec & Elec played some good football and deservedly went through. Young Moss is a handful and his mazy dribbling will attract a lot more attention from defenders as the season goes on. He'll have to keep his cool and leave the refeeeing to the recognised officials. Scott McCabe, the ex Bispham Hotel player had a great game. He was all over the pitch for the full ninety minutes bossing midfield and creating the vast majority of his team's chances.
Good luck to Tec and Elec FC in the next round.