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Steve Downes1 Dec 2023 - 08:58
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Emley manager Richard Tracey reviews our last two league wins and looks ahead to our cup tie this weekend.

Emley AFC have scored a combined total of 83 goals this season in just 32 games. Seven of those goals came in the last week with two more impressive wins against Maltby Main and Thackley in the league.

Ruben Jerome collected another five goals to add to his tally of 16 for the entire season so far in all competitions. Pewits boss Richard Tracey was delighted with the two most recent performances.

Firstly Emley beat Maltby Main 5-0 last Saturday, a hat-trick for Jerome was also complemented with goals from Clegg and Eyles.

On the fabulous result over Maltby, Tracey commented: “As I said last week we know when teams are struggling, they don't come up and play against us at our play. They make it hard to play against them. I set a challenge to the players to try and get an early goal. We managed to get one with Joe Clegg scoring in the 14th minute. After we got the goal I felt because we set them that challenge and they achieved it they then took their foot off of the gas a little bit and weren't quite ruthless enough. Maltby managed to cause us some problems.

“They had some opportunities which Dec our keeper had to save. We came in 1-0 up at half time and said we weren't great in that half. I iterated that we needed to be more clinical in the second-half, the players took that on board and we scored within two minutes of the restart and I think that just settled us down really. From there on in we dominated with Ruben getting the third and fourth goals really quickly before a returning Jimmy Eyles popped up and got a fifth goal for us late on.

“I was concerned that if we didn't get the second, they're always in the game. That was probably the biggest concern at the break. So we said we needed to go out and get that second goal to kind of deflate them a little bit.”

Moving on to Tuesday night and a 2-1 win over Thackley, Tracey said: “Tuesday's win was a different type of game to the one against Maltby, I think it was a game that was completely different, I thought we started really well for 20 minutes and had two one-on-one chances. Ruben had two great chances but he just couldn't put the ball in the net. They also had a few breaks themselves and I think if they had a bit more quality they could have really hurt us.

“Unfortunately the game kind of changed then as Dec injured his thigh and so couldn't kick the ball properly and so we had to get a defender to take goal kicks, due to this we were sat very deep because that defender needs to catch up to the rest of the team after taking the goal kick.

“So it was actually a really tough night and there's moments where we were hanging on in there a little bit and there were moments where we were on top. Luckily for us, we had more of the on top moments and managed to force the two goals late on to win the game.”

Tracey is delighted with our goal scoring record this season having bagged 83 goals this season so far. On our lethal attacking threat, he commented: “We've got 83 this season now so certainly the fans are getting their money's worth. Ruben has got another five goals which is brilliant.

“What's really pleasing for us is we've got Iyrwah, Wally and Ruben in the top goal scoring charts. We've also got Walker and Nathan Curtis too who have both contributed. We have also brought back Jimmy Eyles who gives us a different option.”

We go into this weekend facing West Didsbury & Chorlton at home, 3pm kick off in the FA Vase Third Round. Pitch inspection at Saturday, 9.45am

Looking ahead to the fixture, Tracey said: “They're a well supported side. They've notoriously done well in this competition and they are a good side in the North West Counties League, they have got a good reputation.

“They're intending on bringing possibly 100 to 200 fans on Saturday that will certainly add to the atmosphere. The weather is trying its best to disrupt things but hopefully we can get it on.

“I've watched video footage of their recent matches, they've not been in the best run of form for two or three games, but went away and got an exceptional result away at Kendall and beat them 2-0 which is always a tough place to go. When I've watched them I can see they can play some decent football so it should be a good game.”

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