A Look Back at September
The season is moving quickly as we’re now through September and the darker colder days hit us, I’ve certainly noticed a few people being caught out without their big coats in the last few games.
September saw us play seven games in three competitions, with four Emirates FA Cup ties, two BetVictor Northern Premier N/West league games, and one Buildbase FA Trophy game with mixed results.
Corey Gregory produced a man of the match performance in the opening game of the month, a tough game against Pickering Town. Despite being the better side for the majority of the game the breakthrough proved tough to find. With ten minutes remaining Elliott Harrison scored, but it was ruled out thanks to the new handball rule and the ball brushed the arm of Greaves in the buildup.
With the clock ticking down, and a goalless draw looking like being a frustrating outcome Ben Hampson powered home the only goal of the game, his first for the club as three points were won.
Next up was the first of five cup ties in the month, Ben Hampson followed up his goal with man of the match as Ossett lead 2-1 thanks to a brace from Tom Greaves, Thornaby however snatch a late equaliser as a header deflected off Hampson into the corner setting up a replay.
Thornaby were put to the sword three days later, Greaves added to his brace with four goals, the pick of which a delightful flick and volley from distance was viewed more than a quarter of a million times on social media. Nick Guest opened the scoring thanks to a delightful overhead kick than any other match (or even month) would have been the goal everyone was talking about had it not been for Greaves wonder strike. Elliott Harrison was the other man on the score sheet, opening his account for Ossett United.
The second league game of the month was a one all draw with Ramsbottom United who came into the game in second place in the table. A crowd of 419 saw Nick Guest opening the scoring and despite a fine performance and a lot of pressure the Rams got an equaliser and left Ingfield with a point.
A trip to Colne was next in the FA Cup, a spirited 0-0 draw in the first game, gave hope that progression to the third qualifying round was on the cards with a home replay to come. It didn’t work out that way as a quick-fire double in the first half saw Colne take control. United pressed to get back into the game but it wasn’t to be as Colne added two further goals in the second half to progress.
There was better to follow in the final game of September, this time in the FA Trophy as United progressed against Widnes, the 1-0 victory coming thanks to an Aaron Haswell strike to earn another away cup draw in the North East, this time at Dunston.