Match Reports 2016/17
Saturday 26th November
Bury Astros All Stars V Tigers
The Tigers ran out comfortable winners against a spirited Astros side. The home side were close to opening the scoring from the penalty spot, but Alfie in goal pulled of a fine save to keep the scores level at half time. Both defences where on top with some excellent defending from Daniel and Elliott.
The Tigers started the second half on the front foot and the opening goal eventually came. Sam forcing the Astros keeper into a save and the ball fell kindly to Mason who tucked the rebound away. The Tigers pulled further ahead with another couple of goals from Mason. The Tigers performed well with some excellent passing and defending.
Saturday 19th November
Wardle FC Black V Tigers.
The Tigers lost out in a close game that was played in some difficult conditions. The team arrived to a pitch covered in snow and the match was looking in doubt, but some fine work by the locals helped clear the pitch. Wardle were fast out of the blocks and before the Tigers knew it they where trailing.
The Tigers managed to rally themselves and got themselves back in the game in the first half.
The Second half saw the Tigers put up a spirited performance and it was until the closing stages that Wardle wrapped the game up after the Tigers where caught on the break trying to look for what would have been a deserved equaliser.
Saturday 5th November
Tigers V Bridge FC Eagles.
The return fixture from the previous week saw Bridge at ST Marys on a fine sunny morning. The Tigers were on the front foot from the start in was was a well contested game. The first half both defences where on top, Alfie especially for the Tigers in his man of the match performance. The crowd thought the scoring had been opened when Dan hit a lobbed effort from out on the right wing that caused the Bridge keeper to spill the ball. The crowd thought the ball had gone in but the referee didn’t give it. The first half came to a close with the score goaless.
The second half started much as the first with the Tigers pressing for the opening goal, but it was bridge who opened the scoring. This spurred the Tigers into action and Mason levelled the match. The Tigers were pushing hard for more goals but this left the Tigers defence exposed and Bridge pulled further in front. A succession of fine corners from the Tigers saw Sean on a couple of occasions nearly grab a goal back. A fine passing move which started with Dan in goal saw the Tigers almost grab a fine goal but they were denied by some resolute Bridge defending.
The Tigers pulled a goal back with Sean finishing smartly but for all the Tigers efforts they just couldn’t quite breach the Bridge defence again with the Bridge goalkeeper making demo fine saves.
Saturday 29th October.
Bridge FC Eagles V Tigers.
Todays match at Bridge was a bit of payback for the Tigers after suffering a defeat a few weeks back against the same team. The Tigers were at full strength with new signing Alfie making his full debut. The Tigers started brightly with some excellent passing and movement on what could only be described as a boggy pitch. This paid off early on with some swift passing in midfield, the ball played out to the right wing where Sam produced an inch perfect cross for Mason to tap in at the far post. The Tigers were in no mood for a repeat of the previous meetings scoreline and some excellent defending by the always reliable Elliott and Sean along with Dan in goal they kept the Eagles out. The Tigers pulled further ahead with Sam smashing in the second goal. The Tigers went in search of more goals with Rowan, Raquami and Alfie working well in midfield but it was the Eagles who were next to score and the half ended with the Tigers deservedly in front.
The Second half saw much of the Same from the Tigers with some great passing and running for the attacking players. This paid off again with Ronan grabbing the Tigers third goal. This seem to open the game up and the Eagles where now more of a threat going forward, this period of play saw them grab another goal. But within less than thirty seconds Sam and put the Tigers further in front. Further goals from Mason, who ended up with four in total and Sam put the Tigers in control of the game. The Eagles pulled a couple more goals back in the closing stages but the Tigers held firm for a deserved win.
Saturday 15th October.
Roach Dynamo Greens V Tigers.
The Tigers deserved more from a game they dominated for long spells but a few lapses in defence meant they came away with a draw. The Tigers started brightly with Mason, Sean and Felim creating chances in the opening exchanges. They were only denied by some fine goalkeeping and last ditch defending from the home team. The Tigers fell behind with what was the Dynamos first attack of the game. The home team soon doubled their lead against the run of play.
This then saw a sustained onslaught of the home goal with Sean grabbing his first goal of the game with a neat finish into the bottom left corner of the net. This was soon followed by a fantastic volley from a corner, Sean sweeping it home giving the goalie no chance. The Tigers where pushing hard to get in front but they where caught twice more before the half time break to give the Dynamos the lead.
The Tigers began the second half again with sustained pressure on the home goal, Sean coming close to grabbing his hat trick on numerous occasions. The Dynamos were still looking dangerous on the break but with Dan and Elliott at the back they where limiting their chances to pull further ahead. Even when the Tigers back line was breached Felim was in good form in goal pulling off a number of fine saves. The Tigers finally made their pressure pay off with Mason getting on the scoresheet after one of his mazy trademark runs saw him cutting in from the left byline and slotting in past the keeper. The Tigers came forward looking for the equaliser they deserved and Dan almost provided it with a long range looping effort that left the goalkeeper thanking his crossbar.
Rowan, Raquami and Ronan were working hard in midfield breaking up the Dynamos play and providing some lovely through balls for Sean and Mason. The Tigers finally pulled level when Sean scored a fantastic goal picking up a loose goal kick from the home goalie and sending it back with interest, the ball nestling into the top corner. Both team then pushed for the winner in the closing stages, but again the Tigers defence held firm with Felim making a vital save to keep the Tigers level. The match ended and the Tigers deserved at least the draw and were unlucky not to get more from the game with a fantastic passing and attacking performance from the whole team.
Saturday 1st October.
Westbury Vikings V Tigers.