On a beautiful sunny day, what should have been a feast of football, was levelled by a strong wind and long grass. This didn’t suit the kind of football we have been playing recently, with the ball slowing up in the long grass and the wind catching the balls in the air. This helped both teams to give the ball away far too easily which is certainly not what we have been about so far this season. Kicking against the wind in the first we had a couple of good chances and a few ballooned shots over the bar. The first half however finished goalless and the less said the better.
The second half started the same way but we had the wind on our side so we didn’t balloon our shots as much as give their goalkeeper some practice. It was going to be one of those days until Gavin Suddell popped up and scored what was to be the only goal. The pass came from Matt Roles who ran himself into the ground all game and whose performance was as consistent as ever. There was some great interplay between Chris Morgan And Gavin which will reap better rewards when we get back to our ground or any other decent pitch. It is so nearly there, but it will come when these new players get the understanding with more game time. There was a couple of nervous moments at the end of the game when we let the Vampires get a sniff of our goal. One was headed wide and the other saved by Jack Robery who deserves a mention for pulling off great saves when he has very little to do through most of the games.
My man of the match goes to Gavin Suddell for his match winning goal and his ability to use his 5 foot/8 stone frame to hold and protect the ball when it is played up to him. Also a special mention to our central midfielders of Chris Morgan, Matt Roles and Jake Lawrence who on another day would have ripped the opposition apart.