Final round of the league cup mini league, saw Sundon Athletic visit a sun drenched Crawley Road.
Missing a few players including the goalkeeper, a formation change and a revert to a three at the back for the home side, with a game plan to try and nullify the opposition. Sundon started as we thought they would, on the front foot, the home team though standing firm and trying to counter attack whenever they could. Sundon were growing more and more frustrated, and gradually Whirlwinds started to launch forward on more occasions. A throw-in just inside their half on the right saw Oliver roll his marker, and burst down the right, approaching the box, he cut in drew two defenders to the front post, to square perfectly for the on coming Sam to smash home at the back post 1-0. Clearly now rattled, the Sundon coach increased his repertoire of swearing at his team. It got a whole lot worse as Billy picked up a loose ball, fed Ajiri in to the box, he side stepped and flicked past the ‘keeper in to the left hand corner of the goal 2-0.
The home team were now well on top and pressing the game to the opposition, who were launching long diagonal balls and trying to pick up the pieces, forcing a corner, which was well dealt with a defensive clearance, all the home team pushed up apart from one defender who walked out and played two attackers onside, a ball over the top was tapped in at the back post by a Sundon forward, with the rest of the home defenders twenty metres further up the pitch 2-1. The goal gave Sundon a lift, they upped there intensity, 5 minutes later, we got a action replay of the first goal, again the same defender walking out, when his team mates were 15 metres in front of him, playing three Sundon players on side, who had the time and freedom to calmly score the equaliser 2-2.
A strange half time team talk, really positive in how we executed the game plan and got ourselves in to a healthy lead and clearly had the opposition rattled, then two lapses of concentration undid all the hard work. Second half we would need to up the intensity as our opponents knew they had got of jail, and would certainly show more intensity in the second half.
The second half got underway and it was the away side who were making all the running in the game, the home side not reaching anywhere near the levels they had in the first half. It was a barrage of attacking from Sundon, targeting in particular the left hand side and sending cross after cross in to the box. Sooner or later it was going to give, and they took the lead 10 minutes in, from a defensive slip 2-3. It was a hammer blow to home side, who had battled well until that point, in trying to keep the scores level, however not really offering an attacking threat. With confidence taking a hit, they quickly conceded a fourth, again a cross coming in to the box and finished off with precision 2-4. The problem was obvious, crosses weren’t being stopped, and it was all too easy for the away team to deliver balls in to the box. With five minutes left and home defenders looking battle weary, from the second half bombardment, a corner came in and was met with a towering header at the back post and in, 2-5.
Scorers: Sam, Ajiri
Summary: A really positive first half where we showed great resilience, and then a threat going forward, it was just undone by two lapses of concentration, we must start to take personal responsibility and adapt and learn from individual errors, as they undid what was a great half by the team. Second half – well, we handed the opposition the initiative and they took full advantage, we had them on the ropes and almost out, but let them back in to it and then didn’t respond well enough.
M.O.T.M: It was difficult selection, as the second half over shadowed all the good we did the the first half, Oliver and Ajiri, Billy all had very good first halves, this weeks award goes to Sam who worked hard throughout the game and looked a creative threat throughout. A thank you to Archie who stepped in and went in goal for the game.