The bad old days had returned when only 2 players were on time for the meet at the clubhouse and others were still arriving 7 minutes before kickoff. This then fed into the attitude on the park with a poor first half performance.
After soaking up a strong Stationers start it was actually Norsemen who took the lead when a poor Tom Collier cross (he claims he meant in and/or it bobbled) found its way directly into the net. That makes it 4 goals this season for Collier nearing the Christmas break. He is becoming a constant on going source of problems for the opposition.
In fact for a spell Norsemen had some pressure building and some opportunities to pull further ahead, Andy Grant especially wasteful with a free header inside the box. Things would get worse though as a mix up with JJ in goal saw a Grant header picked up by a Stationer striker to tap home. 2 minutes prior to the break and a second was conceded when slack marking saw Stationers in behind the defence on the break. Grant did the hard work in cover to stay on his feet for 3 cut backs but bit on the fourth to present the striker with an opportunity he wouldn't miss.
1 - 2 down at the break and the half time conversation wasn't of the errors but of the lack of hunger present in the play. If this was remedied Norsemen would find themselves back in the game soon enough.
Unfortunately it was some more slack midfield marking combined with little desire to chase everything down that saw Stationers move 1 - 3 up shortly after half time.
This spurred Norsemen into action, and with the hunger now evident, goals followed from Marco Asaro and Larry Laniyan, the first from a sweeping move and a cross along the deck from the left (Hi Dan) and the second from some good pressing play.
Just when it looked like a stalemate, a clanger in goal saw a free kick go though the hands of JJ and the points lost.
A tough pill to swallow but maybe an education in time keeping. Turn up on time and play with intensity and we wouldn't have had the problems we did.
Garchonians away next week.