MEMORIAL League champions Dog Inn slipped to their second successive defeat after a surprise loss to Tavern.
Once again, the Whalley side were not helped by a combination of late withdrawals and no-shows, which forced captain Pete Fletcher to play the first half in goal. Dog failed to settle and conceded three first half goals due a mixture of individual lapses and collective slackness. However, following two half-time substitutions and a formation change that restored Fletcher to his rightful position, Dog were a different proposition after the break. The returning Tom Eglin had the ball in the net, only for the goal to be ruled out by a highly dubious off-side call. Man of the match Oli Steele then scored from close range to give Dog fresh hope and they continued to bombard the Tavern goal, but failed to add to their tally.
Manager Simon Kerins was disappointed with his side’s first half display, especially as he “hadn’t asked anyone to do anything that they hadn’t done successfully in the past”.
However, he hailed their second half performance: “Having to make more last-gasp changes is not fair on me or the team. I work on a starting XI all week, only for those plans to go out of the window on a Sunday morning.
“It’s about people wanting to play for the team and not letting their team-mates down.”
FINAL SCORE: Dog Inn 1, Tavern 3