A cold morning in Shefford, with the pitch just about thawed out before kick off.
Unfortunately the away side hadn’t defrosted with Shefford completely dominant. Just a couple of minutes in, a clumsy tackle in the box and a penalty was awarded to the home team. Nathan was equal to it, diving down to his right to pull off a fine save. It didn’t deter the home side, taking advantage of some nervous defending, to take the lead 1-0. They soon added a second a poor goal kick, putting defenders in a difficult position, the home side only too happy to take advantage 2-0.
A rare foray forward for the away side, Oliver broke free but a bit of hesitation allowed the keeper to smother. Billy then hit a 25 yard shot which looked destined for the top corner, but a fine save from the keeper just tipped it over. Whirlwinds then shot themselves in the foot, two defenders, too easily turned on the edge of the box, a weak shot slipped under the Keepers grasp and in, 3-0. Whirlwinds eventually managed to find some shape and resilience, to limp through to half time without inflicting further damage to themselves.
A frank half time team talk, we needed to concentrate, keep our shape and be more committed to the team, forget the first half and give a better showing in the second half.
With Nathan unable to carry on, Archie stepped up and took up the goal keeping duties in the second half. Nerves seemed a little more settled in the second half, with the the Whirlwinds finally competing in the game. It was a much more even second half. Whirlwinds finally got a reward, a penalty awarded for a hand ball, Thomas stepped up and calmly slotted past the keepers dive 3-1. A comeback was quickly snuffed out, Shefford breaking on the counter attack, Archie pulled off a great save, but got a bit of misfortune as the ball bounced straight back to the attacker to tap home 4-1. It ended the game as a contest, with the final 10 minutes probably with the away side in ascendancy but unable to create any clear cut chances.
Scorer: Thomas (P)
Summary: Few words can describe our first half showing, we really let ourselves down. A better response in the second half, it was difficult with a few players missing, and no subs in the second half, but we must try to show more spirit and resilience when things aren’t going our way.
M.O.T.M: To be fair not many were anywhere near the standards we try to set ourselves today. But real credit to Archie, who stood up to help his team, to take over goal keeping duties in the second half, an example of putting the team first, so Archie gets this weeks award.