Narrow defeat for U21s
Signs of improvement
The U21s were narrowly defeated at Surrey club Sheerwater in a pre-season friendly by two goals to one. It was a game that manager Chris Wye, however , said they should have won.
[b]This match was due to be our last pre-season friendly and the only aim was to come away with a win. I have set my targets on having a squad that would be able to cope with level 6 football in order for us to compete in the Suburban League as I would draw a comparison between the levels.
As the game began and the heavens opened it became clear that on a skiddy surface the best way for us to play was to try and get the ball in behind the oppositions defence, however most of our attempts were over hit and thus failed to penetrate. We managed to have much the better of play but not enough chances were created until five minutes before half time when a cross from the left was headed into the net by the under pressure Sheers centre half. The score at half time then being 1-0 and the chance to get a half time team talk from a different angle.
We approached the second half with a very positive outlook and were on the front foot throughout although Sheerwater were always looking dangerous on the attack. We managed to score a second goal after 70 minutes which was chalked off for offside, however, it looked like the player given offside was not actually interfering in play. As the game went on and changes were made it allowed the Sheerwater front men an opportunity to get space and time to create the chance they needed to get back in the game and they equalised around 75 minutes. More changes were made and as the game was drawing to a close it looked like the game would end in a draw, which was okay for us as once again our performance was creditable and at the level to be expected to win games or at least compete with teams in our league. It wasn't to be a positive result however as the Sheers forward knocked the ball in from a corner and before we could even kick off the final whistle was blown.
Once again, result aside, it was a good enough performance and I feel without making the changes we could have seen the game out. This is not detrimental to the players that went on, it was the fact that the Sheerwater forwards that had been dealt with very well throughout the match were able to get the extra yard on players that hadn't had time to get into the game.