So after missing last weeks inter-club friendly Saturday was the first chance for the new gaffer to take a look at this seasons hopefuls. With a mix of some old faces and plenty of new ones it was always going to be a somewhat experimental side that took the field. Unfortunately the pre-game tactics were somewhat cut short by the hasty preparations brought on by leaving the nets and corner flags back at the clubhouse. Lesson 1. Yes nets are quite important. We were also missing our striker, who had done a Balotteli and gone out drinking the night before the big game, and subsequently missed the train and turned up hungover (get it out of your system now Banny!)
The game started off at a brisk pace and there was some good performances to watch. Robin in particular looked revitalised down the right, skinning the defender on a number of occasions, unfortunately no one was able to get hold of the ball into the middle. Jorge looked lively making his debut in the middle of the park and Daniel made some promising runs upfront. But the team found themselves first one then two down, with some lack of organisation and sloppy defending leaving Gustavo with little chance. We weren’t helped at the back by Sam having limped off with a tight hamstring and having to make a hasty reshuffle. Fortunately Mike B ably deputised and Ditmar adapted well to having to play out of position at right back. Despite looking too exposed at times we did make some good chances, and shortly before half time we got our rewards. Banny who had finally made an appearance caused havoc down the right and drawing the keeper out drilled the ball across the box where Tris was on hand to slot in; 2-1.
The second half saw AP dominate for the most part, with some good shots and close chances. Unfortunately their keeper was in inspired form and kept them in front, then against the run of play it was 3-1 and game over. So a disappointing end, but some positive signs of more promising things to come with a little more playing time.