What a difference a week makes.
After a disheartening performance against bottom-placed Lloyds TSB last week, the reserves returned to winning ways in an emphatic 3-0 victory over EBOG II.
Right from the start AP were a different side from the previous game – showing energy, poise and even (dare we say it) some passion. AP made the breakthrough early in the first half – Shaw-Morris driving home from the edge of the box after a goal area scramble. Shaw Morris was at it again not long after – delivering a quality low ball into the area for Tabram to side foot home. Tabram should have made it 4-0 by half time – hitting the post twice. While a first half hat trick in his first game for 2’s would have been roy of the rovers stuff – his presence in the side was instantly felt; work rate, touch and positioning. If only he wasn’t from Swansea?
Second half EBOG came at AP hard for 20 minutes, but the back four stood strong – well shielded by Hancock and Sly. However after a strong period of play from the visitors AP started to claw their way back, and Manu was rewarded for another good display with a well taken goal 10 minutes from time.
A final note of two other notable performances: Simmo at right back (yes you read that correctly) had a storming first half, and a near heart attack in the second, while new Goalkeeper Andy Quinn looked quality. However the best moment had to go to Macca for exploding with rage after someone slipped and gave the ball away – with 30 seconds to go and at 3-0 up. He was less emotional at his own wedding.
MOM: Frazer Shaw-Morris/Alex Tabram