Mor­ri­son has lost its magic, says Rosen­berg

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOT­BALL TONY Rosen­berg fears for the fu­ture of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy fol­low­ing AFC Flix­ton’s shock exit at the hands of Faith­fold A.

A soli­tary ef­fort from vet­eran striker Daryl Phillips was enough to send the MGBSFL Premier Di­vi­sion strug­glers through at the ex­pense of last sea­son’s run­ners-up.

Flix­ton joint-man­ager Tony Rosen­berg said: “Our prepa­ra­tions were poor and the game was not much bet­ter. We had three late pull-outs to an al­ready de­pleted squad.

“It­meantwe­field­edascratchteam­but we were never go­ing to for­feit. We have too much re­spect for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I really do fear for this tour­na­ment’s fu­ture though. This was al­ways per­ceived as a big com­pe­ti­tion. It was the high­light of the sea­son. That’s not the case any longer. There is no longer the ap­petite. I will be sur­prised if the Peter Mor­ri­son is still go­ing in five years’ time which is a cry­ing shame.”

Faith­fold boss Dan Beres­ford said: “Flix­ton were a phys­i­cal out­fit and I guess they didn’t come to lose, but we had a game-plan and it worked.

“Our sea­son has been plagued by mis­takes but we de­fended res­o­lutely and pro­duced an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Flix­ton skip­per Adam Tauber ( left) came out sec­ond best against Faith­fold

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