U21s fall short, just
Crows swoop late to take the points
Report from Chris Wye
At this stage of bringing a team together, consistency is key. This starts with the decisions of the coaching staff. The game plan was therefore the same as the previous match against Met Police and the majority of players were also the same. However we went into this match with one forced change due to the injury of Moses Atugonza and a change of goalkeeper with Ibrahim Attiah back available.
It took us a good 15 minutes to really settle into an organised shape and the giant Royston attacking front line were proving to be a handful early on. The best chance of the first half fell to Royston from a cross where a midfielder run onto the ball only to knock it over the bar from eight yards out.
The team settled in and organised themselves well taking on individual marking roles throughout to try and cancel out a good footballing team with a clear game plan. Once we cancelled out the opposition we managed to create some very good chances at the other end but once again lacking the finishing touch in and around the box would be our downfall.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first and with the game becoming end to end, it increasingly looked like whoever could get a goal would win the game. Many more chances came and went for both sides and Ibrahim Attiah showed safe hands in the Angels goal whilst chances were still coming at the other end.
It was five minutes from time when a Royston attack managed to penetrate the Angels' penalty area and a blocked shot fell to a Royston midfielder to fire through the legs of Ryan McFarlane leaving Attiah's sight of the ball impeded and not able to react quick enough to stop the low shot which ended up in the bottom corner.
It was a blow for the young Angels but a quick change of personnel and a higher direct style of play was received well by the players who did all they could to get back into the match with five minutes of added time also to play. Unfortunately without the finishing touches and some tired decision making it was unfortunate that we couldn't get the equaliser.
Another very good defensive performance and work on the training ground this week will concentrate on our play in the final third which should continue our progress and help us move forward to try to get a result at home to Maidenhead next week.