Lost 0 – 1
A game we lost which we probably will never be able to explain. For 70 minutes we huffed and puffed but never really got in control of a game we should and could have won. Having beaten and drawn against the top two in the league we were relishing the opportunity of playing against third in the league……it just didn’t happen on match day.
The defence of James, Graeme, Robin and James set up nicely and withstood the infrequent attacks from Deal; indeed we had most of the possession with which to exert control. Jo, James, Richard and James were able to track back when needed but were never really to shake off markers and find the space that would create space for opportunities on goal. Max and Merv, as ever, did much running and covered back well but when on the break we lacked personnel up front or the zip and creativity to break down a reliable opposition.
A very infrequent break into the D by Deal led to their only short corner of the half – with it came a smash down the middle which rather unexpectadly found the back board.
Without opportunities and a goal against the second half started with more possession for us but the final pass or build up just never found a Canterbury stick. We were able to wrestle the ball back with ease but again and again it just never created opportunity. As the game wore on we had a string or 7 or 8 short corners in the second half with only one shot calling on their keeper to make a save; just not going to happen!!
League results went according to position so our place is unchanged but the next couple of games are crucial to ensure survival in this league. How reassuring we travel to Holcombe next week therefore – not!!!!