If there was an award for crazy football matches, this would come out winner every time. It could have been a completely different game with different refereeing, but the game was turned on its head after just 30 minutes.
The game started quite slowly, the ball spending a lot of time in midfield, few real chances were created and the teams were holding each other off well. The first shot of the game came from the outside of Louie Watts’ boot, but it curled safely into the keepers hands.
Catton then turned on the heat and won a corner, which was dropped in the 6 yard box to the feet of a Catton striker who poked it goal bound from only a few yards out, but the Anglian goalkeeper was equal to it with a fantastic reaction save.
The first goal of the game was a long range strike from Catton youngster Adam Ellis, who was given too much time and space just outside the box. His shot dipped ferociously over the outstretched keeper. 1-0
The game took a turn for the worse after that, a couple of late tackles caused frustration for both teams, especially when a few decisions were poorly judged effecting both Catton and Anglian. A Catton midfielder was booked for abusive language, before some good build up play down the right by Anglian, Matt Jillings working particularly hard to get past the left back. Anglian won a throw in, which was cleared to the edge of the area. Louie Watts was first one to meet it but his volley went high and horribly wide. In frustration at the poor shot, a very mild use of language was used and according to the referee it warranted a red card. For the first time this season the Knights were down to 10 men.
The boys in white were all left baffled by this decision and were forced to readjust to their deficit, but they took the decision on board and continued to challenge.
Half time couldn’t have come sooner, giving manager Phil and Coach Martin a chance to regroup the team and get them prepared to battle on with 10 men. The team started the second half fired up, but the numerical advantage that Catton had started to show after 15 minutes. They began passing the ball freely and creating space, winning a lot in midfield. Their second goal came when the ball came in across the goal bouncing to the head of the smallest player on the pitch, who couldn’t miss from 4 yards out. 2-0
Catton were in complete control of the game now and were playing free flowing football. However, Anglian managed to grab a counter attack spreading the ball out to Jack Hurrell on the right, who got into the box by the by-line, took the ball passed the defender whose outstretched leg took him down, but the referee waved play on. Minutes later the referee sent off the second player of the game, this time goal scorer Adam Ellis. After a poor shot, language proved enough to send him off too, putting Catton on 10 men.
The third goal came from counter attacking football, the Knights changed to playing 3 at the back, which made life hard defending against this quick, young team. The ball was passed from left to right, the midfielder striding into the penalty area making no mistake in smashing the ball into the net. 3-0
The game took another turn when Anglian were reduced to 9 men, again through some choice language, albeit not malicious or aimed at anyone, but the referee believes it deserved a red.
Catton put Anglian to bed with a fourth goal with a few minutes remaining. The strong midfielder, captained his side brilliantly, receiving the ball in the penalty box and somehow squirmed his way through 3 defenders to tuck the ball away. 4-0 was the final score, but had it been a different referee, the result could have been completely different.
If you want to come and see the Knights play, as it is always eventful, we are playing Mousehold at The Open Academy this Saturday, 2pm KO.