After a close win in Loughborough Liverpool had to travel up the M62 for their second consecutive away game of the season against Bolton. Tom, Phil, Clem and Lucas were the absentees from last game but Rafa and John were back to make Malone’s squad.
After setting a game plan and request by the manger to be strong in defence and clinical in finishing, LHC was ready to take on the hosts. The game started with some good handball by both teams however the visitors managed to open up a narrow gap early on. Although some good handball was played with good goals on display by the green army during the first half, the forced shots from the back and miss shots from the wings meant the gap remained narrow with LHC leading the half by 9-11. The strong defence of Liverpool combined with some great saves by Dan kept the hosts at bay but had it not been for the goal posts on the other side of the court the visitors would have been going for their half time break with much more comfortable lead.
Having lost Sean to back injury the coach had to make some changes to the back but the second half started with the same rhythm as first, again combination of some good and bad handball. With couple of cheeky goals from Claudia and few fast breaks and reasonably solid defence Liverpool managed to still keep the narrow gap they had at half time. Bolton needing to change tactics started playing a high line with man to man defence to put Liverpool’s attack off. It did work to some extend as LHC started rushing more but the coach responded with his own tactic by playing two players on line to take advantage of the space left by Bolton. This made for a exciting finale to the game with Bolton close to nicking a draw at the end but Liverpool managed to hold their nerves and at the end were the deserved winners against one of the better sides in the league.
Although Liverpool managed to control and keep the lead through the match this game should have been an easier victory if the team were more clinical in front of the goal as their manager pointed out before the game. Still an improvement from the first game and the potential is there to be seen just need to change the habit of tempting faith and finish games more comfortably. Hopefully with more training the team will improve game by game.
Had it not been for the post Rafa and Visili would have been with a shout for man of he match but for this match MOM goes to the birthday boy Andy Clark who surprisingly shows no signs of age in his legs ;-). Bar the 2 min offence in the middle of Bolton’s fast break which made their bench go into eruption with shouting this was a good performance in the middle of attack and top of the 1-5 defence plus chipping in with a few goals.
Final Score: 22-20