Alexandra Park Vets 2 – London Turkish Masters Legends 3

BSFL Veterans Div 1 | September 18, 2016

Scorers: Clarke (2)

The second league outing for the newly formed Vets team. Any thoughts that playing vets football would be a breeze should have been kicked off the park after our second loss.

Playing on pitch 2 we kicked down the hill.  We started slowly and our passing and communication was off probably due players still finding their way in this newly formed team.

In a fairly even first half the oppo probably had the better chances with their tricky left winger putting in quality crosses to their forwards.  However, the defense held firm.

As with age 4 players pulled up injured in the first 30 minutes leaving us devoid of subs for the roll-on roll-off format of the modern game.  This meant the rest of the team had to play the rest of the game.

Well done to those on the pitch who soldiered on whilst carry injuries.

We did have a couple of chances in the first half – one of which the keeper did well to parry Darren’s powerful shot.

Right on half time their left winger put in a free kick which skimmed off Martin’s head and nestled in the corner of our net leaving us 1-0 down after 45 mins.

Kicking up the hill it was always going to be difficult for the 11 fit(ish) players and the oppo took a 2 goal lead when a quick breakaway left 3 on 1 and their winger slotted in at the near post.

Heads didn’t go down and we continued to pass the ball around.

We got our reward when Ross cut in from the left one 2 50/50s and slotted past their keeper.

This gave us renewed belief and Darren had another shot parried by their keeper and Ross was unable to keep the rebound down.

The next goal was going to be the “all important” one and with a large slice of luck the oppo got it when their midfielder shot from the edge of the box.  The ball took deflections off of 2 AP defenders causing the ball to squirm under the diving Matt.

We again pressed to get back into the game and a flowing move down our right got the ball to Ross on the edge of the area.  He spun the defender and hit a great shot that hit the inside of the post, the ball nestling in the opposite side of the net – a great goal.

With the bit between our teeth we went for the equalizer and on a couple of occasions came close but we ran out of time.

It was a really good effort by the team especially with all the injuries.  The team is starting to gel and we are starting to understand how to play vets – it is certainly not the blood and thunder of Saturday football – it is far more possession football and knowing when to move and when to take a breather.

A good team performance – mention to Ross for his 2 goals and Jason Smith for his non-stop work rate.

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