Rookie Saints show up well at Whitehaven
WEST LANCS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION WHITEHAVEN ............... 1 HAS ST MARY’S ............ 0 SAINTS made the long coach trip to Whitehaven with a very depleted side, holidays and work commitments leaving them with just six first team regulars.
It offered the management team a chance to give reserve and under 18s players a chance to shine, and shine they did. No less than nine of the squad were aged 20 and under, four of them only 17.
Whitehaven started the better of the teams, with the new-look Saints team getting used to one another.
They had plenty of possession, but created very little.
Their goal came from a long kick from the keeper, the bounce on the 3G surface catching out the inexperienced Saints defenders, and their number 10 capitalised.
This seemed to kick start the visitors, and they began to create several half chances 17-year-old debutant Brown working well on the right.
The teenage central defensive partnership of Jackson and another debutant Cook along with Mcgeachie and Welch were holding firm at the back, cancelling out the home team forwards. Still Saints we’re creating half chances, that teenage forwards Hindle and Hall couldn’t just capitalise on.
Keeper Monahon was mainly a spectator by this time, as skipper White alongside Martindale held firm in the midfield areas, Hanley causing concern with his penetrating runs.
On 70 minutes substitutes Murray and Hammerton, both 17, came on, adding fresh legs to the contest, but the home team held on for the points.
Manager Anthony Halstead said: “I didn’t think we’d get a team out come Thursday, but the management team pulled together and we travelled with a full compliment, albeit with a little trepidation.
“I needn’t have worried as the boys did brilliant, in both their listening to instruction and their application, they certainly deserved at least a point, for their hard work.
“It certainly gives us good problems with our team selection, a good problem to have in our current position.”
St Mary’s are at home on Saturday to Southport Hesketh with a 2pm Kick Off.