Gornal Start Year in Defeat
By Ashley Davies
Gornal Athletic were downed by two late Allscott goals at Garden Walk
A fair few new faces entered Garden Walk to start 2019 Dreniz Bala was welcomed back up front from Lye Town while Myles Hall also started for the Peacocks in midfield. Adam Bache made his first appearance of the season too, although signed from pre season another great addition for Ash Causer team.
On the bench Callum Gibson has joined from Bustlholme while Sam Prince and Chris Chuks also joined the club.
New faces sorted the game started well for Gornal with Bala showing his ability early on setting up Geoff Hill who could only put his effort wide.
That Bala and Hill connection was the key once more as Bala knocked down a free kick to Hill but again Geoff missed the target.
Allscott then missed a guilt edged chance as Gornal, sporting a somewhat makeshift defence were caught out at the back and Allscott chased in on goal, the striker however could only send his shot wide of Ash Green post with only the keeper to beat.
Imar Shimmer then danced his way into the box but saw an initial shot blocked before being unable to get enough on the second effort which was easily saved by Pilkington in the Allscott sticks.
Myles Hall, who impressed throughout, then saw a shot from 20 yards deflected inches wide of the post. Off that corner Geoff Hill saw a volley blocked as Gornal struggled to ask much of the Allscott keeper.
The second half started with Allscott missing another great chance with Hitchin again just needing to beat Green, the striker turned and put it across goal and wide of the post.
On the hour Shimmer put an effort just over the bar on his weak side, Gornal not yet again missing the target from good creation. An extremely scrappy affair against the Shropshire side.
Bala had his first shot in a Gornal Athletic shirt again but his effort was wide off a Nathan Griffiths corner before Geoff Hill saw a free kick saved with fifteen to go.
Allscott then took the lead with 9 left as Andy Burgess made a great slide tackle to deny the pass to the striker it went across the box and to Lewis Sedgley who from a very tight angle fired it over the body of Ash Green and in. An awful goal to concede but one that summed up the type of game that had gone before it.
Sam Prince has a chance on debut but sent his effort well over after good work from Callum Gibson and Imar Shimmer down the Gornal right side.
Allscott then doubled the lead with sub Steve Meakin who had the easiest of goals to score. A free kick was knocked down and inside the six yard box the 14 just couldn't miss with 4 minutes left on the clock.
That was that, Gornal now have to dissect the game and ready themselves for Old Wulfrunians next week at Brinsford Lane 3pm KO.
See you all there!