FOLLOWING five weeks of inactivity Percy Main Amateurs returned to competitive action with a comprehensive 2-0 away win against bottom club Murton.
The villagers could and should have at least doubled their total with an assured performance that belied the fact they last tussled for league points back in March.
An unconventional Main line-up featured goalkeeper Chris Bannon as a striker.
To be fair to the towering custodian, he performed admirably and almost capped his performance with a goal.
Sadly his final touch of the game, before being withdrawn for Dan Lancaster, saw him miss the chance of beating Murton’s excellent stopper Adrian Vout, when rolling the ball wide.
Both sides played a high tempo game on Murton’s massive Recreation Park pitch.
Percy Main almost took the lead after two minutes when Lindsay Collinson’s cross was headed down by Bannon, only for Tony Abladey to volley over.
Abladey was Main’s star performer in the first half, having an effort saved by the legs of Vout on the quarter hour. However, he was not to be denied on 23 minutes. Having accepted a through ball from Bannon, he calmly slotted the ball home past Vout’s dive.
The warm but breezy conditions and large pitch proved to be energy sapping as the rapid pace of the game lulled after the interval.
Lindsay Collinson’s dangerous hanging cross caused Vout panic in the only major incident before the hour mark.
Straight from this, Murton attempted to break, causing Rob Rodgerson in the Main goal to rush a kicked clearance. The ball was returned with venom and the Main custodian produced a save under the bar every inch an equal to Peter Cech’s effort to deny Andy Carroll in the FA Cup final.
Percy Main drove on for the win they deserved.
Bannon’s knock down was driven towards goal by Abladey, requiring Vout to tip the ball smartly over the bar.
Moments later the game was safe, when Ryan Laws tapped in his second Main goal following an Abladey cross that ended a passage of assured, possession football by the Villagers that was warmly appreciated by the travelling support.
One important final date at Purvis Park is the testimonial for club stalwart Tony Browell, to mark his 500th appearance for Percy Main.
On May 19 at 2.30pm, the current Percy Main team meet an Old Boys Select.
All are welcome to show their appreciation of a true legend not only just with Percy Main, but in all aspects of local football. Please come along to give Tony the support he deserves.