It was a feast of walking football today at Baypoint in what a popular satellite TV company would call a Super Sunday, the warm up event saw Ramsgate beat Canterbury 3-2 and cement their top half place.
The game started with a few half chances for both teams and Lawrence made a couple of smart stops with his legs, this was the closest we came to conceding as we dominated for long periods of the match. Our opponents clearly came with a game plan of packing their defence, they denied us space around the goal area as we struggled to make clear cut chances. We couldn’t quite get through as too often our intricate play fell down at the final pass and we didn’t test the keeper enough, the one time we did get through the opening goal was rightly denied us through running. So half time and no score.
A quick regroup and we decided that if we upped the tempo we could break through. The Bees are difficult opponents and well organised and we knew that any victory would be well deserved. We continued to be in the ascendancy and for the most part the second half was played with us controlling possession and quickly snuffing out any breakaway attacks, we persevered and kept patient and we were eventually rewarded. Some slick passing eventually found Kev in space as he set up Les to rifle in the winner.
This was a very solid if not spectacular performance from everyone, we never really seemed in danger of conceding and kept the ball for long periods, maybe we were a bit guilty of not passing quicker and at some points we could have passed rather than had an attempt on goal and vice versa. Having said that this was our sixth victory on the trot with back to back clean sheets. Onwards and upwards as we enter the new phase of the league campaign.
A good honest competitive game today well controlled by Chris Smith. Nice to see Gordon and thanks for his tactical change that ultimately secured the points.