Late Goal Stuns Brave Jimmies In Ten-Goal Thriller

February 23, 2013

RICKa0853Heywood St James First Team entertained Manchester Gregorians at Phoenix Park last Saturday still looking for a victory that would move them up the league table.

Lying next to bottom of the Manchester League Premier Division, Jimmies have not won a game, nor earned a point, since a 4-1 victory at Leigh Athletic on Saturday 27 October 2012.

For 15 minutes of last Saturday afternoon’s game Jimmies were ripped apart by the quick Gregs forwards and could have conceded two or three goals but for the agility of keeper Neil Mcnulty. But two goals in three minutes saw Jimmies take an astonishing lead.

Both goals came from poor defensive play by the visitors who allowed Aaron Nuttall and then Chris Nuttall to take advantage of errors.Within ten minutes Greg’s gangly number seven had levelled the scores at 2-2 and it appeared that Jimmies had thrown away all their good work. However, after withstanding severe pressure, Jimmies broke away to regain the lead through a quite magnificent goal from Mike Weatherilt.

Receiving the ball in the centre circle the Jimmies number nine spread the ball out to Chris Nuttall wide on the left who ,waiting for the forward run of his “server”, played a suberb cross from which Weatherilt stuck a fierce left footed volley into the back of the Gregorians net.

What a strike!

Then, with half-time looming, Scott Hardy’s pin point pass set Chris Nuttall away and you can guess the rest, Nuttall’s pace taking him through the Greg’s defence then finishing with a fierce low cross shot that angled past the keeper to put Jimmies 4-2 up at half time.

Within minutes of the restart a silly penalty allowed the visitors to reduce the deficit then trying to play the offside game, the visitors took advantage of a sloppy defence to tie the score at 4-4.

In an end-to-end finale Jimmies again went in front after some great play by Ryan Alessandra who beat two men before releasing Chris Nuttall, who gained possession before thumping a rising drive into the top corner.

It was a brilliantly taken hat-trick by the Jimmies winger who should have had a fourth but slipped after rounding the keeper.

With time running out , and Jimmies seemingly with three points in the bag, the visitors threw everything forward and denied Jimmies all the points with a crashing drive that gave McNulty no chance.

What a game – but what a shame.

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