Reserves suffer 5 - 0 defeat as Haverhill secure promotion
Reserves lose 5 - 0 away at Haverhill Borough Reserves, who are promoted with the win
Today we travelled to Haverhill Borough Reserves for our final away game of the season, hoping to put a dent in their promotion hopes. The hosts had lost their position at the top of Senior B a couple of days earlier as Bar Hill continued winning their games in hand. It was another lovely sunny day for football to be played on a newer 3G pitch. Our plan for a strong team worked although limited in our sub options with a number of players away - including Cam B and Jack who were competing in the London Marathon (good luck lads)...
Team: Damian, Csaba, Dan, Beattie, Ryan Jun, Josh ©, Callum, Rickie, Rob, Sefa
Subs: Mike, Jamie, Macca
Haverhill started the game stronger as they looked to score an early goal and settle any nerves, although we had our fair share of possession and limited the chances our hosts could create. Being a bigger pitch meant it was going to be a game full of running, with the team who is most disciplined in the shape likely to benefit.
After each team had a couple of half-decent chances, it was Haverhill who took the lead capitalising on some sloppy play and their striker finishing well. Our frustrations continued as we gave away possession too easily at times, thwarting good moves and breaks. When we did keep hold of the ball for long enough, some fantastic football was played.
Both teams continued to press towards half time but neither were able to score, so Haverhill led 1 - 0 at the break. The game had a similar feel to the one at home to Red Lodge two weeks ago, feeling confident if we upped our level we could get ahead and claim a victory - and we talked as much about what we could do. Mike replaced Ryan with Mike coming in at LM and Callum moving to the right.
However, within 10 minutes of the re-start, Haverhill's lead was 3; one goal coming from a very well worked move, the other from a mistake. Our now relaxed opponent continued to dominate the game no matter how hard we tried to reduce arrears. Ryan came back on in place of Jun moving in to defence and Beattie taking up position in central midfield, before Jamie replaced him on 73 minutes.
Another good piece of football saw their defender head home and make the lead 4 a few minutes later, and just before the end of the match it was 5 - 0 as a mistake out wide allowed Haverhill to play it across to a free man who slotted home past a helpless Damian.
A frustrating result in the end and a score-line which seems to flatter our hosts, but actually they are a good team who took advantage of the opportunities that came their way. We had plenty of promise at half-time being only 1 down and after showing glimpses of what we were capable of; we just didn't execute this in the second half. Lots of learning to do and improvements to take into our final two games at home, and looking ahead to next season. We host a tricky Wisbech St Mary Reserves next Saturday...