UNDER TENS TIGERS 2002 - 2003
Courtesy of Dave Bower.....Harwood Rovers' answer to Stuart Hall
 

Tigers v Huncoat 14.12.02 Cup 2 round   A three touch opening goal straight from the kick off scored by Luke Kimberley whose rocket shot from twenty yards flew past the startled Huncoat keeper should have signalled an avalanche but it was not to be. Despite creating several more clear chances the Tigers were unable to increase their lead and it was one nil at half time. The second half was similar with chances being created but being missed and home keeper Joe Roscow was largely unemployed. The home defence were keeping a tight grip on the Huncoat forwards who did not manage a direct shot. As the game wore on it looked like the Tigers would win but then from a hopeful kick to the edge of the Tigers box Huncoat equalised. This only served to inspire the Tigers but again some poor finishing let them down and the match finished at one all. The scores were still level after extra time but the Tigers continued to miss the target as their first two spot kicks were well wide and Huncoat converted two to take them through to the quarter final.
 
Tigers v Huncoat 07.12.02  Two goals in the first five minutes set the Tigers up for a superb Four one win. The Tigers made a blistering start and could have taken a first minute lead when Jordan Dunn shot narrowly wide following good work by Luke Kimberley. There was no denying the Tigers who went ahead when Luke Kimberley picked up the ball just inside the Huncoat half and despite the attentions of two defenders used his strength to deliver a pinpoint cross which was turned in by Jordan Dunn. Two minutes later the Tigers rocked Huncoat again this time from the other flank where clever work by Sam Barrett and Andrew Bower led to confusion in the home defence and Piers Morris was on hand to stab the cross in. Huncoat kept trying but were limited to just one shot which keeper Roscow easily saved and the Tigers deservedly led Two nil at half time.  The rampaging continued after the break with central defender Jason Thompson just failing to increase the lead when his header from a corner flew just over the bar. The third goal came when a four man passing move ended with Luke Kimberley putting Jordan Dunn in to clip his second of the match beyond the keepers reach. The fourth goal came following a free kick out on the left when MOM Piers Morris hit a fierce drive into the box and Sam Barrett lurking with intent got the final touch. The Tigers then took the opportunity to introduce their subs and although they created more chances there were no further goals from them although Huncoat did score a consolation goal which was well struck and gave the Tigers keeper no chance.  That was the Tigers Tenth league win from eleven starts.

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 Rishton  16.11.02
A goal after ten minutes from Luke Kimberley set the Tigers up for another win. Playing on a heavy pitch at Wilsons the Tigers made light of the conditions and completely dominated from start to finish with some slick passing and excellent team play. Though the score was only one nil at the break the Rishton keeper was by far the busier although home keeper Joe Roscow had to make a couple of crucial saves. The second half was much the same as the first and with Sub Jake Boswell coming on to make a fine debut the Tigers went further ahead when leading scorer Joe Birtwell was on hand to turn the ball in from a corner. The home side were pressing for further goals but it was the game Rishton side who pulled a goal back when the Tigers defence failed to clear a corner. This was only the second league goal the Tigers had conceded this season and it certainly snapped them into action and when Piers Morris added a third with a shot into the roof of the net the game was over. Substitute Dominic Hogan who had come on for Sam Barrett made the goal for Piers Morris and then added the Fourth himself after a fine run down the left wing. Midfielder Sam Barrett was named Man of the match after a non stop display and the whole team gave an outstanding performance with the final score of Four One to the Tigers.
 
Tigers v Borrowdale 02.11.02
The Tigers stretched their unbeaten start to the season to seven games with a comfortable three nil win at bottom club Borrowdale. The Tigers started brightly and kept the home side on the back foot with some good football and it was no more than they deserved when Luke Kimberley connected with a shot from outside the box which the keeper could not hold onto and it finished in the net. There were several more chances but the home keeper and some slack finishing kept the score at one nil to the Tigers at half time. The second half continued to be one way traffic and with Piers Morris making several surging runs it was only a matter of time before the lead was increased. The second goal came when substitutes Joe Birtwell and Dominic Hogan combined down the right and as Dominic's cross came in Joe Birtwell rose to send a neat header inside the post for a two nil lead. The third goal was a superb move as centre back Jason Thompson decided to join in the fun and finding himself on the half way line he sent Luke Kimberley away with a precision pass that the striker took to the edge of the box before firing a low shot into the corner to give the keeper no chance. The Man of the match was awarded to Piers Morris who had arguably his best game of the season and was a constant threat with his powerful running.

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.