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Sports march to 15-point month
3:22pm Monday 31st March 2014 in Football
Grappenhall Sports 2 Moore United 0
Sports made March a 15-point month with five wins from six games after a 2-0 derby day victory over Moore United at Stockton Lane.
Darren Davies was again missing some key men but Sports still went in to the game with confidence after some superb recent displays.
The first 20 minutes were scrappy with neither team taking charge, Sports coming closest when Ranny Dhwhali spun his defender to shoot wide.
However, on 32 minutes Daniel Sisson scored a stunning half volley after a rare bit of quality and sharp passing led to Tom Swann slotting over a superb cross for the inform front man.
Soon after Swann nearly got his goal. This time it was Sisson crossing well and Swann missed the chance with only the keeper to beat.
At the other end Moore missed an excellent opportunity after a good break just before the half time whistle.
Sports knew they could give more and began to have a bit better possession in the second half.
Another chance came for Swann and Adam Green had a couple of good heading opportunities before Moore missed their best chance, shooting straight at Gareth Powell after a poor back pass.
Soon after Billy Anderson made it 2-0 when his attempted cross turned in to a shot that the keeper didn't deal with, spilling the ball in to his own net.
Sports seemed to be in control now and the football finally began to reach an expected standard.
Jordan Rigby was twice unlucky after a superb volley was saved alongside a low drive after a good individual run.
Tom Swann and Ranny Dhwhali were also linking up well and both had low shots saved.
With 10 minutes to go, David France had to stand-in between the sticks when keeper Gareth Powell picked up a muscle injury.
France was not tested and the final chance came to an excellent Swann who struck the crossbar from a free kick.
Davies said: "This derby game has historically always been a tight affair, no matter what position the teams are in, in the table so I'm thrilled to get the win.
“There is no doubt that we weren't at our best but we have come out with another three points giving us 15 for the month of March.
“The lads have been good value for all of those points so although we were a little below par I am proud of the whole squad for their efforts at a crucial stage of the season.
“We must continue this now all the way until the final game on May 10. There is still much work to do and I will make sure we are ready for every challenge between now and then