19:45 - Wednesday 29th March 2023
Muglet Lane, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 7JQ

Maltby Main




Penistone Church

Alexander Hardwick 24

Full Time

Wayne Hughes 45
Josh Brown 71

Maltby Main 1 - 2 Penistone Church: Church are back to winning ways

An even match in the first half won handsomely in the second half by Church
Words By Martin Webb

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Maltby were mid-table at the start of this match. Church were hoping to make amends for their 3 straight defeats. Maltby's sloping pitch looked in good condition with plenty of grass covering a soft surface.  

Maltby kicked off down the hill and booted the ball straight out. The teams then jockeyed for possession. In an action packed opening 10 minutes Maltby put a lovely long ball down the right and Church conceded a corner after 2 minutes. Church cleared the corner and twice opened up the Maltby defence, narrowly missing the second chance with a header that skimmed the crossbar.

Wayne Hughes then hit the right post with a 25 yard drive. Maltby immediately cleared and drew a xouple of good saves from Chris Snaith in the Church goal. 

The game settled down a little, but remained open as both teams stretched each other's formations. 

After 20 minutes a neat lobbed ball from thw Church midfield found Joshua Brown and Reece High running in on the middle of the Maltby goal. Brown's lob just cleared the bar. 

Goal 26 minutes. Maltby mounted a concerted attack down the left. They then switched the ball wide right on the edge of the Church box. Church had 3 nibbles at getting the ball back, but a low cross from the right found Alex Hardwick on the far post. His low finish found the bottom left of the goal. 

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Church continued to play aggressive, attacking football with some spells of neat passing.  As in several previous games the ball just would not run for them in front of goal. 

After 37 minutes Joshua Brown was sin binned and 10-man Church closed ranks to minimise the impact.

Wayne Hughes was again unlucky when a bobbling cross from the left eluded the defence. His lunge at the far post went wide.  

Goal 45 minutes.  A beautiful cross from the left found Wayne Hughes 12 yards out. His crisp far post header went high over the keeper and found the middle of the goal.

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Church were back to 11 men at the restart. The match took a while to picked up. Maltby's Brandon Bagley had a chance from 30 yards that bounced over Snaith and the bar.

Cameron Simpson then dazzled down the left and having beaten 3 players found the keeper, who saved low at the near post. 

Tempers flared afterc55 minutes in the Church box and a bit of push and shove saw the referee book a Maltby player. 

Church's defence dug in and the team threatened going forward. A Leon Hurles-Brook shot was blocked for a corner. Church then pinned Maltby in with 3 further successive corners. Church piled forward in open play, down the left and then the right. 2 more Church corners went begging. 

Goal 71 minutes. Great work in midfield by Hurles-Brook set Tom Charlesworth free down the right.  His low cross found Joshua Brown on the far post. His slightly miss hit finish found the left of the net. 

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Joshua Brown was replaced by Kieran Ryan after 74 minutes in a straight swap up front.  The Church front 4 looked promising and Reece High rounded the keeper, but he then slipped on the wet surface. 

The game was on a knife edge for the last 15 minutes as Maltby pressed high and Church looked for a killer pass from midfield. 

Ben Matthews replaced the injured Cameron Simpson after 85 minutes. 

Church conceded a corner in the last minute of the game. Although they cleared, Maltby recycled the ball and Jordan Coduri saved the day with a goal line clearance. Maltby then in desperation feigned a foul in the box and the second yellow card meant they were reduced to 10 men in added time. 

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A highly entertaining game with chances at both ends saw Church return to winning ways. The squad looked delighted with the win and were applauded from the pitch by their supporters. The win moves Church back up to fourth place. 

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