1 - Charlie W 6 - Harry H
3 - Louis F 7 - Cameron M
4 - Tom A 9 - Zach L
5 - Leo M 10 - Charlie T
The team were on the back of some real misfortune in the previous game which they now had to forget as they went into this fixture. They looked sharp in the warm-up and after a quick team talk they were ready to go. The referee must have gone to the same place I did as he was also a few minutes late!
Captain, Charlie T, and his opposite number went up for the coin toss and the game got under way.
There was a strong wind blowing down the pitch which would favour Valley Green in the first half and the Piranhas in the second. The boys in Orange kicked off.
Charlie W was in goal, Leo M and Louis F started in defence with Tom A just in front of them. Zach L and Cameron M took up the wide positions with Charlie T leading the line. Harry H started the game on the bench. Unfortunately Sam M failed a late fitness test with his ankle injury keeping him out.
The first half was scrappy to say the least. The Piranhas really struggled to get their passing game going and the good things we had done in the previous game were a little harder to come by. There was plenty of endeavour but the passing was not as slick as we are used to and we started to revert to longer balls.
The only goal of the game came for Valley Green when a hopeful punt from the keeper took the wind and bounced over the Piranhas defence. The striker ran onto the ball and calmly finished past Charlie W. Nothing Charlie could do but a sloppy goal for the team to concede.
The half didn’t really get into any sort of pattern. Charlie W prowled the edge of his box well and cleared anything which came through. Louis F, Leo M and Tom A sured up the defence and Valley Green struggled to get through. Harry H was full of energy in the middle of the park and Zach L and Cameron M were busy, creating their own chances, however, they were really restricted to long distance attempts. Charlie T was having to come deep to get the ball which meant there was no one in the box to pick up the pieces. The final pass was always a little off or there was often just one too many touches.
At half time, the message was laid out to the boys - get back to doing what they are good at and play simple football. Head’s up, short passing, keeping the ball. The usual switch of the two Charlies took place meaning Charlie T went in goal and Charlie W went up front. The second half did not start well for the boys as they looked a little nervous. There were a couple of attacks by Valley Green which led to Charlie T making some decent saves. After soaking up five minutes of pressure, the game was all Piranhas’ attacks.
Helped by the wind, the ball spent much of the second half in the opposition half with the boys having a number of good chances which they weren’t able to convert. The second period showed a big improvement, however, we need to get back on the training pitch to work on some of the basics and get back to doing what we are good at.
I can never fault this team for effort and they gave 100% They just lacked a little finesse in their passing and movement this week. I know it won’t take us long to get back into the groove. MOTM today was Louis F. Louis is a really versatile player and does a lot of work which can go under the radar. Today Louis played in a few different positions and really gave his all for the team.
Thanks to the Piranhas’ travelling support for braving the bitterly cold weather to keep encouraging their team.
WELL DONE LADS!
Next Match - Home v Galleywood Kestrels. KO - TBC.