Newcomers to the Huddersfield Junior Football League Savile United got their first taste of what it is like to be involved in a derby. United took on rivals Thornhill at their home ground the Centenary square on Sunday the 15th of March and what a taste it was.
Savile started off with all the zest and vigour of an experienced team- not one still finding its feet in the league. They showed just why they belong in this league despite it being their first season. Their first chance fell to midfielder Adam Munshi who latched onto a diagonal ball on the right and advanced towards goal, narrowly shooting wide.
United continued pressuring Thornhill into giving away possession and continued to bombard the Thornhill goal- only a lack of composure letting Savile down. But then came the breakthrough. A well worked move involving three Savile United players culminated in Abas Arif placing the ball to the left hand side of the Thornhill keeper.
Thorhill lacked ball retention something which their coach was keen to point out as he barked orders to his team telling them to try and keep the ball more. But barely before Thornhill had a chance to breathe Savile doubled their lead when Adam Munshi marauded forward down the right hand side and centred for Aadam Muhammad to sweep in a second.
Thornhill responded positively and Savile United’s keeper was required to come off his line to make a save. Thornhill’s Josh Williams continued to battle upfront on his own. At times he managed to escape the attention of Savile United’s towering centre backs but wasn’t able to fashion many chances.
Thornhill toiled as Savile snapped at there heels every time they got the ball. Savile continued to counter at every opportunity and almost added a third when the Thornhill keeper made a suicidal attempt to come off his line but Savile could only hit the post.
Savile were rampant, Thornhill were timid. Thornhill’s Josh Williams continued to show some good touches and he looked menacing as he made the Savile defence uneasy on many occasions in the first half. He got his reward when he ran through the Savile defence to expertly slot past Mohammed Musa to make it 2-1.
Caginess started creeping into United’s play as Thornhill enjoyed more territorial possession. The Savile keeper was called into action again when he had to gather at the second attempt with Thornhill’s Josh Williams lurking dangerously. Thornhill continued to search for an equaliser before the end of the half and it took a tremendous double stop from Musa to keep them out.
At half-time Savile United replaced Adam Munshi with Nana. It turned out to be an inspired substitution as Zaigyam Sheraz cut inside from the left wing and lifted a sumptuous cross for Nana to convert.
This opened the flood gates as Thornhill’s defence capitulated. Savile United danced around the ruins of Thornhill’s defence showing supreme ball control and link up play. They added a fourth, fifth, sixth and finally a seventh as they trounced Thornhill, with Nana completing his hat-trick- a superb cameo from the bench.
Thornhill fought spiritedly against the inevitable and were rewarded when they got two consolation goals towards the end of the game. Too little too late as Savile United celebrated a deserved 7-3 victory over there local rivals.