Rookie Saints show up well at White­haven

Rossendale Free Press - - Property -

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.

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