Poor Second Half Costs Victory
Work to be done in training
Another league game away this week against Brislington Colts saw us return to Victory Park. Toby’s continued injury concerns and Kyran’s half term absence meant we were down to a squad of 12 for the game, albeit Mike’s return from injury was continuing. We started the game in the usual formation. Harry was in goal behind a four man defence of Dex, Max, Josh and Emmanuel. Flynn anchored the midfield behind Elijah and Liam. Joel and Cody flanked Mike up front with Olly taking up a position on the bench.
We reminded the team be confident in possession and continue on their fine form from last week’s Mangotsfield victory and we opened much the brighter of the two teams. An early attack saw a number of passes strung together saw Mike slip Cody through and he confidently finished first time to open the scoring and get his first of the season. From that point onwards we seemed to be in the ascendency. Our midfield trio looked strong controlling the game, but we just could not create the final clear cut openings to extend our advantage. We were made to pay when some sloppy defending saw Brislington take advantage and grab an equaliser. A Little disappointing, but we looked the stronger team still. We started again and quickly enough we were back in control. A quick throw in on the right saw a neat interchange between Mike, Liam and Elijah before Liam’s shot was parried by the Brislington keeper. Flynn was following in and converted the rebound to make it 2-1 at half time.
Olly came on into the midfield with Mike taking the second half off. The game started to get a little more disjointed and our play was noticeably off the level we set in the first half. However we extended our lead to 3-1 when Flynn and Liam combined on the edge of the area, Liam’s shot beating the Brislington goalkeeper at the near post. And that should have been that. However our positional sense was deserting us, the defence started sitting further back, the midfield further forward and Brislington exposed us. A second goal for Brislington was a touch fortunate, but they took full advantage and deserved the equaliser when it arrived, having also hit the bar just before. In the end we had to be grateful for a draw extending our unbeaten run to 4 games. However the whole of the team came off the pitch deflated knowing this was three points we had thrown away. There is work to be done at training.