County Earn Point (Plus Protest Update)
Saturday 13th February '10/3pm
County overcame a shocking first-half display to earn a battling point against promotion-chasing (seriously!) Colchester Utd at EP today.
A woeful first 45 minutes by the Hatters somehow only conjured up three goals, when in truth it could easily have been 3-3.
United were ahead after 10 minutes through a shocking mistake from Owain fon Williams.
David Prutton, new signing from Leeds, floated in an innocuous looking free-kick, but Williams completely misjudged the flight of the ball and dropped it into the net.
Though looking completely terrible defensively, we should have been level on 14 minutes when loanee striker George Donnelly got clear of the defence and ran through on goal. He took his time before rolling the ball past keeper Ben Williams. Summing up the first-half for the Hatters, the ball hit the inside of the post and away for a throw in.
And we were made to pay three minutes later when Anthony Wordsworth, after grabbing a brace mid-week, was given the freedom of EP to jog into the area and fire in an effort over fon Williams.
Ibehre, still causing problems for Colchester, should then have grabbed a consolation when Ben Williams dropped the ball after colliding with ex-County defender Matt Heath. Ibehre pounced on the loose ball before somehow blazing it past the post and behind the netting.
Jabo did get his goal a few minutes later though, Donnelly turned his man and got clear but his shot was saved and parried to the on-loan MK Dons striker, and he rolled it home before pumping his fists to the Cheadle End and turning to run back to the half-way line.
I've gotta say here, the mindless idiots sarcastically cheering fon Williams and booing him every time he caught the ball are completely wrong. Do they not realise how many times he's saved us literally one-handed in his time here? Probably too busy getting their 50 pints of bitter in for half-time to notice what's going on. They didn't realise at the time how it would come back to bite them as County came back to grab a point.
It was all-County in the second half...until we equalised. Ibehre could have grabbed his second straight away as he ran through on goal early in the second-half but poked over the bar. Wasteful, but he was to make up for it later in the match.
With 11 minutes to go, he took down a long ball from Paul Huntington and looked to be offside, but the linesman didn't flag, and Ibehre turned inside Heath and powered in under Williams. 2-2, and we could have won it.
Impressive Richie Partridge bamboozled his man and cut inside, but his attempted curler round Williams was tipped round the post.
Maybe summing up County's second half performance, and a possible change of fortune, Prutton could have won it for the U's, but his fierce shot was faintly tipped onto the bar and crashed back down into fon Williams' hands. There's something to sarcastically cheer for you.
That was that, and then it was onto the Bungalow for the meeting of County fans for an update from Dave Schofield, 'Red Hatter', and 'Liver' from Yellowboard on where we go from here.
aving attended, (and aside from a heckler from the UKIP who was finally ejected from the pub!), I'd say it was pretty productive.
We sorted out and now know the following:
We shouldn't underestimate our own power as fans. We applied pressure on the administrators, they jumped on board. We applied pressure on the Council, and today they've jumped on board in the shape of a substantial fee being donated to the Melrose Consortium.
The terms being offered for a lease by Mr Kennedy to the Consortium are a joke. £14,000 per match and £300,000 towards re-turfing the outrageous playing surface. Mr Kennedy is a highly sensitive man who takes any criticism very personally and likes to be seen in the papers and to the public as a 'sporting philanthropist.'
Therefore, Mr Kennedy is now the one we apply pressure to, to get him on board and offering a fair deal to any buyer.
The question was asked by Liver at this meeting, 'Who here thinks we need to take action against Kennedy?'
which was met with a resounding YES!
So here it is. This coming Friday, Sale play Leeds Carnegie at Edgeley Park. Kick-off, 7:45pm. We start our protests at 6pm. Meet outside Somerfield on Edgeley. Bring banners, scarves, anything. And we protest.
But please remember, this is not action against Sale Sharks supporters. They're just supporting their team, just like us. They've been shafted the same as us, being taken from where they're used to playing their fixtures down to Edgeley Park. So no stick to be directed towards Sale fans, JUST MR KENNEDY. And let's let him know the power we hold.
Animo Et Fide.