“Had our keeper Peter Monteith not been as alert as he was, making two excellent saves in order to keep us in the game after we had gone one goal down then things may not have gone our way.
“Surprisingly we did not start well, the ball was not being held up at the top end of the pitch, we had players trying to check and turn, taking too many touches and inevitably losing the ball on what was not the best playing surface. This meant we would lose possession and put our defence under pressure. When we conceded it just reminded me of the Widnes game when too many players failed to put pressure on the ball. Us not doing this allowed their impressive Liam Morrison to put his side into an early lead.
“I was impressed with Irlam, they had a good mixture of talent and aggression and in some players they had both. None more than Morrrison who led Irlam well, the impressive player certainly left his mark on the game for his team and left a mark on our Matthew Bryan at the end of the game meaning we finished the game with 10 men.
“We needed a break to get us going from the way we had started, this came when a perfectly weighted through ball resulted in the young Irlam defender committing a cynical foul to prevent a certain goal to see red and a penalty was awarded. Once again the impressive Kelvin Trippier, to whom rightly so got the Man of The Match award from the visitors, struck the ball away well from the penalty spot. This was just the tonic we needed to get us to where we should be performance-wise. This goal and some fine tuning at half time in order to get us back within our team shape certainly set us up for an impressive second half team performance.
“It was good to welcome back Tom Black following a three match ban that has taken almost three months to clear, whilst It was inevitable Tom would be introduced at some stage, with his lack of game and training time he was never going to be an early substitution. When he was introduced it was clear by the way he finished his goal cooly slotting the ball in the narrowest of gaps proved there was no rustiness within quality from his time out.
“Our third goal was really something special with exquisite one touch play that eventually went out wide left and was cleverly worked across the area to the right side with Josh Walne having made a late run from deep, smashing the ball into the net. The way all of the players executed that goal and the finish was a goal to savor.
“Our fourth goal resulted in Tom Black chasing down a lost cause from which the Irlam keeper under his pressure put the ball in his own goal meaning we scored four two games in a row. From an indifferent start the boys pulled it around to once again put in a display of quality to rightly so deserve the three points “