Lots of Positives from Stortford Game
A defeat to report tonight but one with some credibility by losing by the odd goal to a full strength Conference South team in Bishop’s Stortford.
The score line was 5-4 to them but we showed enough to build confidence when going back into our own level. We had quite a few lads missing for various reasons, although still a strong starting line-up. Some of our boys needing minutes of competitive football. The likes of Reece Dobson, Ryan Towner and George Powell all not having played recently, took to the field and although showing plenty of endeavour lacked maybe the “Cutting Edge” that comes from regular games.
We had plenty of opportunities to score. Some chances well saved, some missed. It cost us dearly in as much that chances given to them were duly put away, leaving them at one stage 3-0 up. All in my opinion down to the quality of finishing!
Ryan Ingrey got one back for us just before half time, so a game was still to be contested in the second half.
I made a couple of changes by bringing on Rhys Hoenes and Rob Mason for Ryan Ingrey and Luke Robins. Rob scoring straightaway to cut the deficit to one.
Stortford in fairness to them continued with their top class finishing (but sloppy defending from us) and got themselves back into a clear lead, adding two goals to give them a three goal advantage. Credit to our boys by sticking with it and getting another two to make just a one goal deficit with at least ten minutes to play.
It was all gung-ho from us then. We left just three at the back and desperately tried to get the equaliser!
We huffed and puffed but eventually couldn’t quite manage it.
For me the fact that with a under strength team we pushed a team two levels higher than ourselves to the limit was a major achievement. We are a squad looking positive and believing that we can really compete this year!
So back to League football this Saturday against Chalfont. All the players will be needed throughout this busy period so as many fit and able lads as we can would be great. There’s a belief that I want to encourage for Success, we can do it!!