The second round of Ability Counts league matches took place on Tuesday 6th June at Harraby.
The Reds two sides had mixed fortunes on the night, with the championship side “the Marras” still coming out as frontrunners following the results. The “Hoppers” had a much tougher time in the Premier league on the night which was something we all expected after May’s games.
CHAMPIONSHIP: In the first game of the night, the Marras played the equally unbeaten Windscale.
The Marras played some good passing football and were rewarded with an early goal.
Despite the Marras keeping most of the possession, Windscale levelled through a speculative effort with the last kick of the half against the run of play.
The Marras continued to press with several good chances in the second half but in the end, the match ended 1-1. Next month’s game should be a cracker again.
Their second game against Reivers Cobras was a convincing 4-0 win for the Marras. And their 3rd against Reivers Cheetahs saw the Marras take a 4-1 win after a close game initially.
The final game saw the Marras beat Whitehaven Warriors 4-1. Squad rotation was extremely useful on the night with the heat.
This has left the Marras with 20 points at the top of the league after 7 games, a point ahead of Windscale.
But the play from all the teams involved has improved since May which makes it competitive and everyone is enjoying playing.
PREMIERSHIP: The Hoppers played Carlisle City Deaf in their 1st game.
Despite Carlisle having about 75% possession, the Hoppers defended well and grabbed two opportunistic goals and the game finished 2-0.
Their second game saw the Hoppers play Carlisle Spartans. On this occasion the team were finding it hard to get going and conceded early.
It was the second half and they were outgunned and conceded 3 further goals without reply to lose 4-0 which was a bit of a deflater.
Game three saw the Hoppers play Carlisle Reivers. After the Hoppers 6-1 win last month this time the Reivers were much stronger and raced to a 3-0 lead at half time.
The Hoppers fought back to 3-2 but before the end the pressing Reivers grabbed a 4th goal to end 4-2.
The Hoppers are now level with Spartans on 13 points, but Spartans are top on goal difference.
However, only two points separate all four teams so its seriously competitive in this league. Results certainly switched around from last month.
Both teams are in contention, which has delighted everyone so far.
Next games are the are set for 4th July, so let’s see how the teams get on.