As our season is drawing to a close we entertained Woodchurch at Baypoint for the very first time. We produced one of our best performances of the season in the away fixture as we came from behind to be victorious. This was to be as the score line might suggest a much tighter game. Playing conditions were near perfect as we locked horns in the early exchanges, we conceded a couple of long range efforts and one deflected effort was particularly well saved by Lawrence. We made plenty of chances and Chris and Colin had good efforts well saved. As the first half came to a close we were getting more and more on top but unfortunately couldn’t break the deadlock.
So to the second half and we had a period when we had to defend our goal as the away team had some good possession, as we kept them out we gradually started to dominate and produced chances that probably should have won us the three points. One particularly good bit of team play resulted in Kev’s fine effort going narrowly wide. Mick was holding the ball up well with Les always looking dangerous but we just couldn’t find the winner. Colin and Chris supported and defended with tenacity as we kept our shape and made life difficult for our opponents.
Right at the end we thought we had won it, Les reacted brilliantly as he shot from a narrow angle finding the net, alas he was possibly a bit harshly called for running as the goal was disallowed. Double punishment was to be dealt out as a blue card meant we played the last couple of minutes a player short, although we still pressed for the winner, it was not to be.
So with just two games remaining we could have done with the victory, from a defensive point of view a fourth consecutive clean sheet is very satisfying.
I would like to say the game was played in a good spirit but the introduction of a Woodchurch substitute at half time spoiled that, suffice to say that this sort of attitude would not be tolerated at our club.
Chris Smith refereed keeping the game under control as usual and is without doubt one of the best officials around.
So all square for the second game in a row, Woodnesborough Reds away on Friday in a match that it would be very nice to win and avenge our only defeat of the season to date.