Town Reserves continue their good start to the season, stretching their unbeaten run to 5 games. Travelling Spenny were the latest side coming to the home of football and nearly caused a major upset. After last weeks heroics versus AWS, there was a potential slip up in today’s match. While Town’s good form had them down for a win for this tie, Spenny were no mugs and Gaffer Rammer reminded the team of that before the game started.
It was great to see Danny Weatherill back in the side with no work commitments. Swanny was also on the bench for his first appearance to bring some guile and experience to the already exciting attacking side. Also, Tom Gilroy, who was unavailable for the firsts (apparently) and so came to join the reserves for the day.
The first half was a little slow and it took 10 minutes for the young reserves to begin to control the game. Eddie was getting some early ball and the inform winger, 20 yards out, hit a nice early shot which the keeper saved well down to his left. 10 minutes late, the mesmerising Lewington picked the ball up in a similar position where he had his last strike and hit a ferocious strike which seemed to go in and bounce out and we can only assume it hit the post.
We had settled well into the game now and while it wasn’t the fast moving, fast paced game we have had for the last few weeks, there was really only one team in it, without creating any real chances. In fact we rarely really tested the Spenny keeper who, after a long clearance from Mark seemed to fall over the ball, hit it with his hand and put it out for a corner. There was no pressure around him either.
Team talk at half time and 1-0 up Town seemed a little frustrated that they hadn’t played well. A reminder about keep being professional from the gaffer and also that we need not force it resonated with the team. We also felt that we played too narrow and we need to be wide and use the pitch. The Gaffer also reminded the team that “this aint no keeper, he’s shit, let’s get some shots away”.
Into the second half and the team duly obliged. With Gilroy on for Danny early in the second half and Swanny making his debut, the Reserves had the attacking power to get right among the goals and put the game to bed. Their keeper had other ideas though. Wave after wave of Town pressure created loads of chances. The notable ones saw headers saved from Sean and Gilroy. Eddie clean through had only the keeper to beat and shot it at him. Gilroy quickly pounced on the rebound but the keeper got up and saved that too. A loose ball around the 6 yard box had the Spenny team fighting for their lives, and we are sure that a Spenny player tried to move the crossbar or goal to prevent the ball going over the line. In between all this, Spenny had gone up the other end and with a low cross into the six yard box, Mark came to collect and as the ball bobbled, it hit our defender then hit their attacker then rolled in. It didnt stop us though. More attacks came and their keeper (who must have been drinking some magic water at half time) saved EVERYTHING that we hit at target, some seemed destined for the corners but Allison seemed to be in the nets for Spenny. His best save was whilst on the floor making another save Matty cushioned a shot to go above him in the roof of the net, only the keepers go go gadget arms extended and he stopped the ball from going in. We lost all shape as the game went on, everyone trying too much and we left ourselves exposed at the back.
Full time and Town came off thinking “how didn’t we win that game”. It finished 1-1 and a good result for Spenny, but for a challenging Town side it was points dropped. A week off now and Mavs in the cup. We have the squad and mentality to cause another upset and go all the way!
What did we learn to day lads?
1. When we stop playing short, quick passes we start to force it.
2. We wait until the opposition is on us before we pass the ball.
3. We need to be disciplined and keep shape when things arent going our way.
4. Wevsy has the hairiest toes I have every seen! There is more hair on this boy’s feet than on an entire team of German Women Shot Putters.
5. We continue to create lots of chances and we need to be more ruthless in front of goal. Take every chance.