For 25 minutes we matched our undefeated opponents through sheer determination and effort. We defended superbly as a whole team starting with closing down from our forwards, tough tackling in midfield, strong upper body work from the defenders and fine reactive saves in goal. Although St Christopher’s enjoyed the lion’s share of possession they were becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of space available to play their passing game. Half time came and the score was 0-0; our boys had done a fantastic job of containing the threat of a striker who had scored 44 goals since the start of September!
Things took a turn for the worse at the start of the second half as the deadlock was broken. A misunderstanding at the back allowed said striker to flick the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box and watch the ball bobble into the corner of the goal. The same player grabbed another opportunist’s goal, tapping into an empty net after an accidental collision with our keeper. We had our chances to get back into the game with Zac C heading just over the cross bar from a Nemo corner and Beau and Daniel each having clean breaks through on goal only to be well challenged by the covering defender. We had to push forward and run the risk of exposure at the back and in doing so the game opened up and spaces began to appear.
St Christopher’s scored another 3 throughout the second half but we made sure they worked for their goals. I was extremely pleased with the character shown by our boys today. The work rate during the first half was exactly what has been missing at some points this season. Let’s finish on a high next week at Cumnor House. MA