Alleyn Old Boys 2 – Alexandra Park 0

Senior Division 1 | April 19, 2014

There is a distinct lack of variety in first team match reports these days for which I apologise. Mark Twain would however struggle to produce interesting tales from the same events week after week. Before we delve into the doom and gloom let’s look on the positives…

– Alleyn’s had excellent nets, a decent pitch and a good crowd. All credit to them.

– We didn’t get battered

– Matt Hillier going down mid-tackle with the words ‘oh hello’. One of the strangest things I have seen in football.

– I thoroughly enjoyed the beers in Brixton afterwards. Lee Carlin was introduced to craft beer at a cost of a £24 round and everybody there seemed to want to fight Stu. ‘I’m not a student mate, I’m 26….’ Have THAT, drunken old lunatic on the way to the toilets.

On the negative, just the usual. After a decent performance against Civil Service, at least 5 enforced changes due to various unavailable. The quality we are able to bring up is obviously decent but with changes on that scale, you are going to struggle for cohesion. Alleyn’s on the other hand had the look of a settled team, comfortable in possession with intelligence off the ball.

We competed without really threatening. Stu didn’t really have much work to do until the second half. We looked dangerous from set pieces but it was 2 set piece goals from the oppo either side of the half that sank us. A well struck free kick and a header from a corner. We could have conceded more chasing the game but 2-0 was probably a fair reflection.

From a skippers perspective, I am passed the point of frustration into grim acceptance. Nobody can help the odd missed week and this isn’t a pop at individuals. I just think for next year there probably needs to be a shift in mentality for the first team of the club. If you are only going to be available 1 week in 2, it does more harm than good.

Anyway, points to play for and we will keep battling. Make an effort to get to the presentation night please gents.

 

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