This was the 3rd round (quarter-finals) of the WFA Nationals Cup (60+), played at BayPoint in pouring rain.
In this tightest of games between 2 evenly-matched teams, BayCity were unlucky to lose 0-1.
It took us a while to get going, with most of the early traffic moving in Lawrence’s direction. Fortunately, Lawrence was in good form, pulling off a number of excellent saves before he was forced off with a leg injury. John Mc took over in goal and surprised us all with his competence – especially with one good save using his foot!
In the second half, we managed more shots on goal – though too many of these were blasted high or wide and didn’t provide enough of a challenge for their keeper. Eastleigh moved the ball upfield much more quickly using their central attacker to receive and lay off the ball – a tactic we’d do well to emulate. Even so, they only managed a couple of shots on target throughout the second half.
The winning goal came midway through the second half – nicely set up and well-struck along the ground into the corner. BayCity never gave up and played some good football with quick one-touch interchanges. All who took part were a credit to the club.
Aside from a few early challenges from behind, the game was played in the right spirit and we wish Eastleigh good luck in the round-robin semi-finals in Solihull.