Goals: Fletcher, Bowhill
Our fifth point from the last three games feels like a world away from the horrendous scorelines at the start of the season. That we feel like we should have collected all three points shows a growing confidence running through the whole squad.
With the energetic Hyde promoted to the 5th team (do we not have a 6s?) we received AP stalwart Rose in return – this lead to a slight shuffle in personnel to continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation we had so effectively deployed in our cup win in the previous game.
We started brightly and we were creating chances against our youthful opponents. The best of which fell to Fletcher who was put through on goal and he applied the simple finish to put us 1 – 0 up. EBOGs responded and through a combination of dogged defending – with notable contributions from Kennedy, Manning and the centre back pairing – all backed up by the reliable Kendall returning in goal.
After several chances fell to both teams we finally managed to edge further in the lead when Bowhill added a second with another brilliant long range drilled effort. EBOGs were for the taking at this point but unfortunately we conceded a sloppy goal just before half time.
As the skipper tried to make changes at half time a dispute took place about who should come off. It was embarrassing and distracting and set us up badly for the second half. Eventually it was decided that Kirton would come on for Kennedy and Roberts (who was unlucky not to be in the starting line up) came on for Causer who had been solid in the defensive centre mid role.
The second half was a turgid affair. EBOGs equaliser came after we gave possession away in a dangerous area – the winger finishing low into the corner giving Kendall no chance. To be fair Kendall made some good stops in the second half – most notably one with his knees (they all count!).
A couple of good chances came to Tullet who couldn’t add to his recent goalscoring record but our best chance to win the game fell to Fletcher who had been played in by Roberts after some good build up play from Taylor and Bowhill. Unfortunately the aged striker seemed to have run out of steam and hit a poor strike straight at the keeper.
At full time Laurent read the riot act about the debacle at half time. Every player was in agreement that he has done a good job as stand in captain and that he’d deserved better. We have now put the argument to behind us and look forward to beating EBOGs 8s next week.
Team: Kendall, Tornarides, Caudebac (C), Taylor, Manning, Kennedy (Kirton), Causer (Roberts), Bowhill, Tullet, Fletcher, Rose