15:00 - Saturday 18th September 2021
The DSM Memorial Ground Church View Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6AT
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PCFC 4 Thackley 0
A beautiful afternoon for football greeted Steven Lental's debut as Church's first team manager. He is Church's third manager in two weeks, taking over from Brett Lovell. Church had also lost three players in the last week, so these had been turbulent times for the club.
Chris Snaith made the first clearance of the match with a clean punch under pressure in the 6 yard box.
After 2 minutes Nathan Keightley took a well struck shot from 20 yards out that flew into the right side of the goal.
Church 1 Thackley 0
Thackley had their first shot after 6 minutes. Although it went wide right of the goal it came after some good Thackley work on the edge of the Church box.
A 10 minute spell of end to end football resulted in half chances for both teams. Nathan Keightley's pace and creating the best of the openings.
After 18 minutes Nathan Keightley set Luke Stewart free on the half way line. He took the ball at full pace in on goal, a sway sent the goalie the wrong way and Luke finished low and hard to the right of goal.
PCFC 2 Thackley 0
Immediately from the kick-off Church moved the ball well and there was contact in the penalty box. Church's claims for a penalty were turned down
30 minutes Thackley took the ball from midfield and a looped pass found Lewis Waddington in space on the right. He took the ball into the box and shot wide across Chris Snaith.
31 minutes a corner to the right found Ash Ellis on the far post. Tom Brennan converted the nod back with a header low to the middle of goal.
PCFC 3 Thackley 0
Cameron Simpson played a great ball to Nathan Keightley in space on the half way line. The goalie managed to save with his feet.
Again both teams worked each others defences, but there were no further goals.
Half time PCFC 3 Thackley 0
Church opened the second half with some robust defending and sporadic spells in the Thackley half.
53 minutes Church exploited space down the right, but Cameron Simpson could not get to the cross on the far post. Jordan coduri collected the ball and played a neat cross in. The ball fell to Elliott Firth whose dinked cross was met in the middle of goal by Luke Stewart with a powerful header.
PCFC 4 Thackley 0
Reece High replaced Elliot Firth and Church reshuffled their team. The game was being managed well by Church.
After 75 minutes Cameron Simpson was replaced by Callum Lee.
Luke Stewart almost scored his hattrick goal with a looping header at the far post. The goalie saved at the last moment in the top corner.
Church managed the end of the game well, snuffing out Thackley chances.
80 minutes Wayne Hughes was replaced by Lewis Dickinson.
Church won a corner to the right and Ash Ellis on the far post created further havoc in the Thackley defence, Church could not convert the difficult chance.
90 minutes Thackley had a good chance, but the first time shot from the edge of the box cleared the right corner of the goal by a foot.
Full Time PCFC 4 Thackley 0
This was a spirited Church performance and they took the chances that in previous games had evaded them. Thackley are a good side so this made the victory even more significant. A wonderful start for Steven Lental and his new team.