TENS TIGERS 2002 - 2003
Courtesy of Dave Bower.....Harwood Rovers' answer to Stuart Hall
Tigers v Rishton 30.11.02 A goal in each half was enough to secure an eighth straight league win for the Tigers as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season. The first goal came from Man of the match Piers Morris who cut in from the left and unleashed a shot that the keeper could only help into the net for a deserved lead. The home side were dominating the game and but for some last ditch defending and excellent goalkeeping could have been well in control at half time. The second half was all one way traffic with the Tigers now able to bring on some of their "squad"players for a run out. It was recent signing Jake Boswell who having collected the ball on the half way line made a fine run down the right beating two defenders before crossing into the goal mouth where captain Sam Barrett neatly tucked away the chance to leave the Tigers worthy two nil winners. Keeper Joe Roscow although only called on once to make a serious save kept his seventh "clean sheet" in eleven starts.
Tigers v Rishton 23.11.02 After a hard fought match on a glue pot surface at St. Charles school the Tigers ran out two one winners. The Tigers had gone a goal down after five minutes when they were unable to clear a corner but were level five minutes later when Luke Kimberley followed up to force the ball in from close range. The Tigers were still trying to play football but it wasn't until six minutes from time that they finally went ahead when a corner from captain Sam Barrett was turned into his own goal by the Rishton keeper. The result was just about right with keeper Joe Roscow largely unemployed as the Tigers moved up a pace in the second half led by Man of the match Piers Morris.
Tigers v Belvedere 19.10.02 A game of two halves could best describe this latest Tigers victory as they managed to hang on for a one nil win. The first half was fairly even with the home side probably just doing enough to justify a one nil interval lead given to them by Joe Birtwell with his second goal of the season. The second half was virtually one way traffic as the hard pressed home defence struggled to keep Belvedere at bay. There was little football from the Tigers but with keeper Joe Roscow who was the referee's man of the match in outstanding form they managed to hold on for an important victory.
Tigers v Langho J. Cup round one 12.10.02 Despite going a goal down after five minutes the Tigers staged a second half fight back to run out two one winners. There was nothing in the early skirmishes and the Tigers had just begun to quieten down Langho when a hopeful cross come shot slipped through the hands of Tigers keeper Joe Roscow to give the home side the lead. The game continued to be played mainly in midfield with both defences dominant, but with five minutes to go before the break keeper Roscow made amends as he stretched to divert a deflected shot over the bar and so kept the Tigers in the game as they trailed one nil at half time. The second half began with the Tigers taking the game to Langho and substitute Joe Birtwell and Luke Kimberley were now starting to ruffle the feathers of the heavy tackling home defenders. The equaliser with five minutes left came courtesy of an own goal as Sam Barretts cross into the crowded goalmouth was turned in to his own net by a Langho defender, but it was no more than the Tigers deserved. The game looked like going to extra time when the tigers got a throw in level with the penalty area. A long throw from Piers Morris was headed on by Sam Barrett, Joe Birtwell flicked it on and Andrew Bower beat the defender to the ball and turned a superb shot with the outside of his boot past the outstretched hand of the home keeper to give the Tigers a deserved win. There was only two minutes left and the Tigers played out time to move through to the next round.
Tigers v Clitheroe Wolves 05.10.02 A third straight victory with a two nil win at Clitheroe maintained the Tigers unbeaten start to the season and also took them to the top of the table with thirteen points from their five games. Some last ditch defending from the home side kept the Tigers at bay and at the break it was all square. The Tigers kept up the pressure and with a little more luck would have gone ahead before captain Sam Barrett's opener midway through the half. He burst through the middle before firing a shot that came back off the bar but followed up to hammer in the rebound. There were more chances before the second goal arrived via a corner when substitute Dominic Hogan got his head to the ball which again came back off the woodwork but Piers Morris was on hand to turn the ball in. The referee gave Andrew Bower the man of the match but it was another good alround team performance.
Tigers v Akzo Yellow 28.09.02 Two goals from Jordan Dunn and a Joe Birtwell header gave the "Tigers" a deserved three nil win over Akzo and preserved their unbeaten opening to the season. The home side went ahead after much pressure midway through the first half but it wasn't until five minutes into the second half that Jordan Dunn coolly slotted his second to effectively put the game beyond Akzo. Then following a right wing corner met by Piers Morris whose header thumped the crossbar Joe Birtwell was first to react and out jumped the defenders to send a header into the net. It was another fine team performance with central defender Jason Thompson whose tackling and distribution was first class throughout earning man of the match award.
Ossy Jun v Tigers 21.09.02 A superb one nil victory by the Tigers over the league leaders moved them up to joint second in the table and dropped the previously 100% Ossy down to fourth. The Tigers played some excellent football and when the goal came from defender Ben Birch whose drive from the edge of the box found the corner it was no more than they deserved. The team played so well that it would be impossible to single out any individual for man of the match honours, but following their lacklustre performance in the draw with Huncoat last week the response from the Tigers was brilliant.
Tigers v Wilpshire W.07.09.02 The Tigers got their league campaign off to a winning start with a fine 2 nil victory. A goal in each half, the first from captain Sam Barrett and the second from Piers Morris followed good team play. The home keeper was in inspired form and kept the score down to a respectable level as the "Tigers" put on a superb display of attacking football.