Glendale were on the end of a thumping on Saturday when they traveled to a wintery Tarves with the home side scoring 8 goals to leave Glendale deflated and embarrassed at the end of a torrid 90 minutes.
A trip to Tarves is always considered one of the hardest away fixtures on the soccer calendar and Glendale’s cause looked as bleak as the snowy conditions when they conceded a goal with only 3 minutes on the clock. A cross to the back post reached Barrack and his cross back into the middle saw GRIFFITHS from 6 yards head beyond a badly exposed Derek McKenzie. Glendale’s response was immediate and James McMahon crossed for Mark Robb who headed narrowly wide. Playing up the hill Glendale were giving as good as they got and a long range effort from Michael Thomson just cleared Jack’s crossbar. Two stunning reflex saves by McKenzie kept Tarves at bay while Glendale continued to play well up the slope just lacking that final pass with which to provide the equaliser. Alex McMahon, playing at right back was a constant threat always willing to step forward to help in attack and with both sides seeming enjoying the wet conditions allowing some meaty sliding tackles it provided a good open game for the now drookit supporters. On 25 minutes Tarves scored again when from a cross into the box GREGOR found himself free to grab the first of his hat trick. Glendale pushed hard to get back into the game before the break but the half time whistle brought some relief with the feeling they had done not too much damage with the conditions and slope in their favour in the second half the game was still in the balance. H.T 2-0.
As the snow continued to fall during the break the teams re emerged to what looked like a scene from a Christmas card with the ground now covered in snow unfortunatley Glendale’s defence entered into the spirit of the occasion as they went on to present Tarves with a gift only 3 minutes after the re start as Barrack broke free on the left to cross for GRIGOR to score. The Tarves front line now were enjoying the freedom they were being afforded with their movement,speed of thought and intelligent play too much for a harassed looking Glendale defence and when a goal kick by Jack was allowed to sail over the square Glendale back line DAVIDSON was on it like a flash to score past McKenzie. Glendale were awarded a penalty when James McMahon was wiped out in the box, McMahon picked himself up to take the spot kick but Jack spread himself low to his right to block the effort only for MICHAEL THOMSON to follow up and ram the ball home. Any thoughts of a comeback were dashed straight from the kick off when Tarves went up the field and GRIGOR completed his hat trick to make it 5-1. DAVIDSON claimed a double to make it 6 then an out of sorts CRAIG McRAE got himself all mixed up as he scored an own goal to make it 7[seven]. JAMES McMAHON atoned for his penalty miss by turning inside the box and scoring with a fierce strike but a swift break up field by Tarves right at the end saw substitute PATERSON complete an eightsome reel for the home side.
No wonder Glendale’s management team of Simon Darwin and Michael Johnson looked shell shocked at the end. Nothing wrong with the selection or tactics employed and all the subs were given a reasonable amount of time to make an impression but the scoreline tells it’s own story simply not good enough the players now owe their management team and club big time as a huge task is before them to avoid relegation.
M.O.M Ross McKenzie.
|Michael Thomson||GoalYellow Card|
|Steven Middleton||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|