Saturday 21 April 2012
GLOUCESTER v VALE OF WHITE HORSE
At Longlevens School, Gloucester
The VALE opened in a very determined fashion and within a minute had gained a corner which found its way to Standbridge who was unable to turn and get in a meaningful effort on target. This was probably the worst thing the VALE could have done as the Gloucester boys proceeded to gradually take the game by the ‘scruff of the neck’.
They dominated the midfield with their very slick passing and movement. There were times when they appeared to have far more than 11 players on the field and the visitors were chasing shadows.
In the 11th minute Allum headed a goalbound shot for a corner but from a pin point accurate set piece Morrissey headed powerfully past a helpless Crowther.
Within two minutes a slick move by the home team created a chance for Clift which he slid past the on rushing Crowther.
Smith took over as custodian of the VALE goal and his first piece of action was to make a brilliant reaction save which went for a corner. Again it was delivered with pin point accuracy and Smerdon met it perfectly to add another to the already ominous scoreline.
Within a minute Masters had created a chance for himself after good work by Blackwell, Sykes and Wallace but his effort was very well dealt with by Austin in the home goal.
The VALE midfield were chasing shadows as the League leaders were totally dominant and scored three more goals before half time. The first was an excellently constructed goal finished by Agg and the second was a solo effort by Clift (his fortieth of the season). The third one was an unfortunate own goal by Allum as he attempted to head a goalbound cross shot wide of the goal.
Ormrod, Wallace and Webb had been blotted out completely by the strong well organised home defence.
HALF-TIME: GLOUCESTER 6 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 0
Within 5 minutes of the restart Emmett had scored two almost identical goals when the VALE failed to clear the ball after it had been crossed and he rammed the ball home from about 15 metres.
The VALE managed to maintain the scoreline with Farmer, Fleming and Sewell working hard in midfield supported by Blackwell and Woodall.
Crowther prevented the home team from increasing their lead with three very good saves whilst at the other end Austin had to make two smart saves to prevent the VALE from scoring.
In the 17th minute he was called upon to make a very brave save at the feet of Sykes after a really slick, flowing move involving Sewell, Sykes, Masters and Standbridge.
As time was running out Clift was on target with two shots, one in the top right corner and the other in the bottom left to increase the lead and giving Smith no chance in the visitors’ goal.
To their credit the VALE boys never let their heads drop even though they were well beaten. Gloucester’s finishing was absolutely clinical and the clean sheet was their seventeenth of the season.
This was not the ideal way for the VALE to end their season but it could have been much worse – it could have been the first game of the season!
FULL-TIME: GLOUCESTER 10 VALE OF WHITE HORSE 0
VALE SQUAD: Matthew CROWTHER; Ben SMITH; Jamie STANDBRIDGE; Joe BLACKWELL; Dominic ALLUM; Dylan WOODALL; Jamie MASTERS; Joe FLEMING; Jake FARMER; Calum SYKES; Daniel WALLACE; Jack SEWELL; James ORMROD; Scott WEBB.