Clarendon struggled against a spirited Rowley side at Moor Lane on Saturday morning. There is a fair bit at stake now for Clarendon as they maintain pressure on Connect Sports at the top of the West Midland Christian Division one , but St Marys are biting at both sides heels. Second from bottom Rowley, sent a side that was up for the challenge. I arrived just before kick off to Moor Lane. I was not going to bother with a game but decided to do one ahead of my big day out at Wembley tomorrow.
I took a few pictures, then watched the game from my car. Rowley in the sky blue strip took a shock lead on 5 minutes, the tireless number seven was sent through before shooting into the bottom left corner leaving the giant keeper stranded. Clarendon laboured to get a goal but were poor. I have mentioned before, how Clarendon win games but are not a good footballing side at all, and can only be a testament to the quality of this league really. However, they equalized on 40 minutes, with a bobbly effort into the bottom corner.
The second half, was a duller affair in my opinion with few chances. It was mainly Clarendon though who battled for the advantage but could not break down a stern College defence, although Rowley at times rode there luck. Clarendon took the lead in spectacular style as Rowley gave a free kick away about 25 yards out, a super free kick was sent at goal and was to strong for Rowley’s keeper who palmed the ball into the top corner. With Clarendon sitting back thinking the work was do Rowley scored a deserved equalizer minutes from the end, the ball was sent into the box and a player stuck a leg out and sent the ball high into the net.
Admission – None Attendance – 6