Well the Uni White’s D’s turned out in force for the first real match of the season. Having 11 players plus a few subs and some supporters was a great start, but unfortunately it went downhill from there.
After about two minutes, we had our first casualty of the day with Rob Alberton going off which we think is a calf injury but may very well just have been old age.
We soaked up some early pressure with Bobbie and Pete being quite good at the back. Our problems arose when we started being too cute and not kicking the ball out when under pressure.
The first goal came from a cross from the right which was met with a towering header into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. I promise not to bang on about myself in this report, except to say that I apologise for my performance and letting in five goals. Not good enough. Drop me for two weeks as a punishment.
The second goal was one of those ping pong own goals that really was just bad luck, but then again the ball should have been cleared.
The White’s also had a goal of their own disallowed, after the keeper picked up a back pass. The Whites played on straight away and put the ball in the net but the referee pulled play back. Now the fact we didn’t have a proper ref probably stuffed us and its really unfair to blame Dan for getting that decision wrong, but we will anyway.
So we went into half time two goals down and disappointed to not be a bit closer.
We played a lot better in the second half but still managed to concede three soft goals, including one with the last kick of the game. Another one from a goal mouth scramble ended up with the keeper pushing the ball into the net rather than saving it. A real blonde moment.
Given that it was the first league game of the season and some guys were still introducing themselves to each other by the end of the game, I am sure we can improve on that performance next week, particularly as we will have a different goalkeeper.
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