A glorious morning at Wolston welcomed both teams for the first round of the cup. Our opposition was Cov Jag 2004 from the 'C' league in what on paper was a favourable tie for us and would allow us to 'flush' out last week’s poor result against Copeswood. Our pre-match concerns were based around complacency but from the start our performance seemed to allay that fear as we moved the ball around the pitch on the floor and played most of the earlier exchanges in the opposition half. Cov Jag made it difficult for us as they played deep and made it difficult for the defence and midfield to play passes behind them without their keeper being able to sweep up.
Our frustration grew and we began to revert to a long ball game and not sticking to our pre-match game plan of moving the ball around quicker and trying to stretch the opposition and also players began to hold onto the ball longer than required and we were caught in possession once or twice and ended up being out of shape and letting Jag have one or two shots on goal.
Eventually we got our noses in front when Ryan slotted in from close range which on the basis of play was deserved, we expected to build on this but again we were wasteful in possession and never really threatened before half time. Jag did give us a scare when they scored but the goal was flagged offside
After a half time rant we started the second half brightly but again Cov Jag defended in numbers and pressured the ball well and again made it difficult for us.
Sam Wash got his 4th of the season when he slotted in after getting behind the defence and this we thought would open up the flood gates but Jag stayed resolved and it wasn’t until almost the last kick of the match when Sam got his 2nd goal of the game after a powerful run into the box for him to almost pass the ball into the far corner to round off a 3 nil win.
In summary we expected more from our players and were maybe a little harsh on them in the post match brief but we wanted to ensure that they understood what level is required regardless of the level of the opposition and that we expect 100% work rate from each of them.
Our opposition played out of their skins on the day and made it very difficult for us as they defended deep and tried to break on the counter, I am sure they will do very well this season if they take that attitude into every game.
In round 2 we face a home tie against Mount Nod from our league, this promises to be a good game, date to be finalised.
Man of the match
This went to Alkejd, he provided good cover throughout the match, he was positive in his communication and was a good example to the other lads in his challenging and commitment
The Effort Award
This went to Ben Sotek this week as voted for by the parents. Ben for me showed flexibility and covered both LB and RB positions when needed and also got forward several times which is something we want him to do more often.
For us its back to league action next week at home (again) against Sporting Newman, let’s hope we build on yesterdays result and up the work rate to get a good result.
One downside yesterday was the news on Tom who got injured in training, he’s out for four weeks or so due to a broken bone in his ankle, we wish him a speedy recovery.
We welcome Ryan Cranage to our team who joins us from Alvis and will provide a welcomed addition to the midfield area to allow us to keep it freshened up during matches with Rhys and Jack. We now have 2 x Ryan’s, 2 x Ben’s , 2 x Sam’s, we don’t make it easy for ourselves J
Nathan should be back in training this week as well so we are nearly back up to full numbers except for Tom who is a significant loss.