Another wet Saturday morning, another familiar opponent. Last time we played, we edged a 9 goal thriller.
A quick passing move between Aimee, Joseph and Ollie gave us an early lead, as we caught them off guard. Keeping possession in attacking positions and creating chances well. Soon the lead was doubled… A lapse in concentration from the restart and we were punished.
The remainder of the first half was very nervy, both teams added goals, a lot of our positive play, was undone by panicked defending.
TEAMTALK – I didn’t want to concentrate on the score, but for all of our dominance, we were level. The message was clear, take as much care in defence, as we do in attack.
In the second half, we again enjoyed the share of possession. However, the rushed passes were no longer a part of our game. The players on the pitch were dictating the tempo by committing, then destroying players. The communication improved, and our range of passing grew.
Although the majority of chances were had by us, we were unable to convert as the keeper produced some fine stoppages. This led to some nerves in front of goal, as the players looked to ‘make sure’ of goals, rather than use their natural instinct.
More goals were shared in what was an enjoyable, and at times frustrating fixture. I was impressed by way the players dealt with setbacks as a team.
TRAINER OF THE WEEK – LIAM
STAR PLAYER – AIMEE
HOMEWORK – take time… The first choice isn’t always the right choice. The quicker we can make a decision, the better. But only if we’ve looked at the whole picture.