FFSW 3 v FMR Raiders 1
After a four week break from the game the FMR Raiders travelled to Busselton on Saturday to take on the much fancied FFSW team.
With a full team to choose from and plenty of enthusiasm you could sense we were all in for a great game.
The game began with the FFSW knocking the ball around and trying to break down the FMR defence, but it was the Margaret River boys who began to find their feet and set to work on FFSW.
With a new forward line of Noah Cummins and Nick Gaman things looked positive for FMR as between the two of them they put plenty of pressure on the opposing team.
The midfield were holding their own also with some great play and good tackling from Kilburn Booth and Liam Mattinson in the centre. Brenton Tebbutt and Donnie longmore made space wide and were finding lots of the ball and delivering some good through balls.
The FFSW team are known for very good at passing and making the ball do the work and continually put the FMR backline under pressure .
But when you have Goalkeeper performing like Jykia River is at the moment you know your team would be hard to breakdown.
Unfortunately the pressure paid off with a solid and well taken header from a corner to put the FFSW team 1 up.
The FMR boys picked themselves up and got stuck in with some real forward momentum leading into some great attacks . Eventually after a number of attempts the FFSW keeper spilled the ball to allow Brenton to calmly slot home the equaliser.
Then Nick had a taste for goals and drove into the box with a great individual run only to be brought down for what seemed a clear cut penalty but it wasn’t to be and both teams ended the half with scores level.
Second half for the Raiders was all about carrying on to the end and to keep passing and putting the pressure on FFSW.
Alister White in central defence was leading by example with some last ditch tackling and blistering runs up the wing, very inspiring to watch indeed.
Pascoe Paice not to be outdone tried his hardest and was nearly rewarded with a goal but was thwarted by the desperate FFSW team.
The Raiders slowly began to tire with a number of them already playing earlier in a physical encounter for the YLB Boys with FFSW adding another 2 goals, but to the credit of the FMR boys, they battled hard to then end and gave a fantastic account for themselves, supporters and the club alike .
In the end it may have been a 3-1 loss on paper but it was moral victory in itself with the pride shown in pulling on the FMR Jersey.
Alister and Jykia received players Award for both having excellent games.
Well done to all..