Player of the Day – Dan Cranstone
Manager Nick Bell was taken ill with a bug overnight and having chosen the line up and tactics it fell to Clive Spooner to manage the team on the day.
Clive’s contribution was to supply M&S Merry Percymus piggy sweets (other sugary treats are available) after a similar gesture that resulted in a win earlier in the season.
The opposition did the double over Mytchett last season (2-1 and 1-0), so a close encounter was expected.
From the kick off Mytchett were dominant with the midfield and strike force creating early chances.
In the 20th minute and against the run of play the visitors took the lead after a hopeful punt from distance looked to be heading to the reliable safe hands of Tobi Daniels in the Mytchett goal when an invisible force (possibly a sniper or earthquake) took his legs away and he fell to the ground with the ball nestling in the net – a good advert for metal boot studs on this sticky surface.
The Mytchett response was immediate and within a minute Ryan Bell had levelled the score.
A few minutes later the goal machine (Dan Cranstone) put Mytchett 2-1 up.
Mytchett continued to dominate with the five man midfield (Will Yalden, Luke Usher, Will Brown, Ryan Bell and Tom Dutoit) playing some excellent pass and move football to supply Liam Henchy and Dan Cranstone up top.
With the half time score at 2-1 Tim Manson was introduced in place of Liam Henchy as Mytchett went to quickly close the game out and after 47 minutes Dan Cranstone scored his second after some excellent build up play by Tom Dutoit and Ryan Bell 3-1.
Minutes later a superb ball from the impressive Will Brown resulted in an superb goal by Tom Dutoit 4-1.
Liam Henchy was reintroduced for Tom Dutoit after 60 minutes and Mytchett were soon 5-1 after Dan Cranstone turned provider and a diving bullet header was converted by Luke Usher.
In a rare effort Tobi Daniels pulled off a superb save from what looked like a certain goal for the opposition without knowing the referee had given an offside decision.
With 15 minutes to go Dan Cranstone got his hat-trick after some more excellent play.
Mytchett took their foot off in the closing stages and two quick goals by the opposition meant the game finished 6-3.
So many positives to talk about in this excellent team performance:
- the defence of Ryan Bell, Dan Spooner and Dan Redmond giving another solid performance and Will Yalden playing as the holding midfielder allowing Luke Usher, Ryan Bell, Tom Dutoit, Tim Manson and Will Brown to create chances for Liam Henchy and Dan Cranstone.
- Liam Henchy has made it a hat-trick of games without picking up a yellow card.
- Other teams need to look at the benefits of Merry Percymas sweets for motivation.