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16 September 2007 | spuff

Twinwoods Thistle were beaten 5-2 by Meltis Corinthians in yestersdays division 3 clash.

On a hot summers day TTFC lined up in their usual orange strip against Meltis Corinthians side who looked hungry for another victory.

TTFC started brightly linking up play between defence and midfield, with only the final ball letting them down. It wasnt look before Meltis broke through the ranks before claiming their first goal. A corner down the right wing saw 3 unmarked players at the back post - one of them gaining a free header to break the deadlock.

TTFC picked themselves up once again with skipper Craig Cook running his socks off trying hard to break through the oppositions ranks. Meltis won a dubious free kick 35 yards out down the left wing at the 25 minutes mark. A quick free kick saw the Meltis midfielder unchallenged to flick the ball passed the outstretched James Gleave to make it 2-0.

With this big Kenny Stevens requested to go midfield, which was agreed by Manager Neil Hannam observing from the sideline. With this, he put on his war paint and started to show some great footwork, controlling the midfield.

TTFC continued to pound the Meltis defence creating chance after chance, but never really troubling the keeper. That was until the 35 minute when Nick Payne grabbed a fine goal poachers goal, and one that he deserved.

With TTFC controlling the game now they continued to dominate the game. It wasnt long before Kenny Stevens finally made it 2. Picking up a loose bouncing ball 45 yards out he fired in a half volley that seemed to roll down his shin and rocket towards the goal. The Meltis keeper was caught out as he dived down only to find the ball find the corner of the net.

The half time whistle blew and the side were even.

After a team time discussion, and no changes the teams kicked off again. This time Meltis were the quickest to react and pinned TTFC back in their own half for 20 minutes as they continued to pound the defence. The ball broke down the right as Ali Inwood was brushed off the ball for the winger to slot in a cool cross for the oncoming striker to slot home 3-2.

With Steven Payne pulling a groin strain, Neil Hannam introduced Alex The Kid into the centre of the park. He got stuck in straight away showing the opposition that size does not matter.

Meltis broke down the left wing this time catching out the normally reliable Tom Gregory before the ball was played across the goal for Meltis to score another, bring their goal tally to 4.

With the sun continuing to beat down, and players starting to get tired, Neil Hannam made a double substitution taking off Ali Inwood & Ben Ewang and replacing them with Joe Something or Other and himself.

TTFC started to look tired as Meltis proved their fitness dominating the game and winning the ball too easily. Before long Meltis hit 5 after a neat ball was played over the top, catching the backline flat on their feet for the striker to race on and put the ball passed the keeper.

The game finally came to end and Manager Neil Hannam stated he was pleased with the boys as they showed great spirit and courage to come back from 2-0 down against a well established side. Games like this are a learning curve and he was sure the boys will take the positives from this game and battle on.

Next week TTFC mid table Stewartby with Hannam looking to make a few changes to the starting line up today.

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