Saturday 17th November 2018
Mersey Marauders 5-0 Leicester Wildecats
It’s safe to say that the highlight of the weekend for Wildecats was not their performance on the pitch as they left Liverpool with no complaints after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of a strong Mersey side.
Cats knew they would be up against it with a squad of just 12 making the journey up north. They knew they were up against it when Mersey took the lead with the very first attack of the game. The ball was played through the defence before the striker forced a save out of the goalkeeper. The resulting corner was eventually turned in under little pressure from a stunned Cats defence.
The goals continued to follow for the home side and with only 20 minutes on the watch, the score was 3-0. Leicester eventually managed to get their act together and a slight tactical switch gave them a stronger defensive outlook and made them much harder to break down. The score was 4 just before half time when a rare Cats attack was broken down and the ball was slipped through to allow the striker to make it 4-0 at the break.
Cats came out determined to up their performance for the second half and they did themselves proud, continuing to work hard against a team who had the luxury of being able to make many regular substitutions to keep their team fresh. The away side did manage to muster up a few half chances but the Mersey goal was never under threat. With the second half tamely petering out, Mersey managed to add a 5th goal after a misjudgement in the Cats goal left a simple finish to put the icing on the cake.
Cats can take some valuable lessons from the experience and the game served its purpose with players able to get some much needed minutes on the pitch. A special mention goes to Shannon who completed his first 90 minutes for Cats and didn’t look out of place as part of the team. Also to Tom Jones who put in an admirable performance as the world’s shortest centre back despite suffering from an ankle injury. They shared the man of the match award with Wayne and Ryry who also ran themselves into the ground.
|November 17, 2018||2:00 pm||Friendly||2018/2019|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|