Thackley AFC secured a significant victory against Garforth Town in a closely contested match, where The Dennyboys faced little trouble from a threatening Garforth Town attack. Thackley AFC seized their opportunity and managed to hold on for a hard-fought 1-0 win. The Joint Management side made two changes for this match, with Bodle returning from suspension to replace Green, who is set to miss the next five games due to his suspension. Parsons formed a midfield trio alongside J. Mitchell, with Suddards playing slightly ahead in the number 10 position. Billy returned in a direct swap for Bell, and Donovan took the left position in a front three.
The game kicked off with J. Mitchell, and the initial minutes saw a slow start. On three minutes, Suddards penetrated the penalty area, resulting in an early Thackley AFC corner after a well-recovered clearance by a Garforth Town defender.
Fifteen minutes into the game, Barker and Donovan had half-chances for both sides, but neither managed to find the target. Thackley AFC broke the deadlock with a moment of brilliance on 33 minutes when Donovan’s well-timed pass set up Suddards for a high finish into the net.
Goal Thackley AFC! Suddards (33’) Thackley AFC 1-0 Garforth Town
Following the goal, Garforth Town attempted to respond, but Wilson made a comfortable save from a Davis cross. The match intensified with bookings for both teams, particularly a contentious challenge by Barkway on Ellison-Tope. Thackley AFC continued to press for a second goal, creating opportunities through Ellison-Tope and Greaves, but the first half concluded with Thackley AFC holding a deserved 1-0 lead.
Half time: Thackley AFC 1-0 Garforth Town.
The second half brought more excitement, with Ellison-Tope causing trouble down the right wing. Davis had a notable long-range attempt, testing Wilson, who made a crucial save. Thackley AFC responded with Greaves and Ellison-Tope creating chances, but the score remained unchanged.
On 57 minutes, Thackley AFC had a great chance to double their lead as Billy’s header was cleared off the line. Garforth Town made changes in their front line, but Thackley AFC maintained control. The match saw further bookings, with Bodle cautioned for delaying the restart.
As the game entered the final 15 minutes, substitutions were made by both teams. Thackley AFC successfully held on to their lead, with Suddards making a late attempt and surviving a late scare in the penalty area. The match concluded with Thackley AFC securing a crucial 1-0 victory through a solid defensive performance.
Full time: Thackley AFC 1-0 Garforth Town
Thackley AFC’s resilient defense and effective utilization of their chances secured a vital win, limiting Garforth Town to mostly half-chances after Suddards’ first-half finish.