BLUES PUNISHED FOR EVERY MISTAKE
Rustington welcomed into the team for his first start for the Blues Ross Adams, returning to the starting 11 was Ron Butcher.
Mile Oak started the quicker and were first to every ball
Rustington were sloppy in possession and time and again gave the ball away.
A break down the left for Mile oak allowed their winger to get a cross in, which cannoned off the striker, Charlie had to be alert to save with is feet.
Moments later, again a break down he left allowed he winger to cross, Rustington failed to clear their lines and the winger was able to retrieve the ball once more and smash the ball past Charlie in the Rustington goal.
For a 10 minute period, Rustington upped their tempo but again lacked any quality.
A few long range efforts but nothing to trouble the Mile Oak keeper.
Rustington finally woke up and came ou for the second half very quickly.
The passing, movement and desire across the team was evident, and they finally started to impose themselves on the game.
Darwin on the left and Ross Adams on the right were beginning to deliver crosses in to the box.
A Darwin free kick was smashed agonisingly over on the volley by Chris Kirkham, who also had a header just shave the post.
A Chris Darwin effort sailed over the top also, it seemed it was only a matter of time before Rustington would draw level
Some neat passing between Bucher, Bennett and Adams allowed Steve Kirkham to break free, and after cutting into the box, appeared to be fouled. The ref, after speaking with his Linesman, awarded the penalty.
Chris Darwin stepped up, but the Mile Oak keeper denied him with a great save.
The rebound was tuned goal wards by Chris Kirkham, but somehow the ball managed to fly past the post when a number of players had an empty net to knock it into.
Immediately Darwin through frustration committed a foul, and injured himself badly in the process.
Within minutes, an offside call by the Rustngton defence was waved away by the linesman, and when the forward cut in, his effort was deflected into his own net by Chris Green.
Rustington were visibly down – from potentially drawing level and looking good to push on further, they found themselves 2-0 down.
To make matters worse a mix up in the defence between Charlie Gammons and Jack Corbett allowed a 3rd goal for Mile oak to end all hopes of anything from the game.
“today was a very harsh lesson. We were terrible first half, but we spoke about it at half time, and addressed the problem. We were a lot better in the second half, not great, but better – we pressed all over the pitch we worked hard as a team and deserved our chance to equalise”
“To miss the penalty, then lose a player to injury for the season, then concede an own goal in the space of 5 minutes was demoralising. It summed up how this season has gone for us. We are getting punished for every mistake we make and it hurts”
“The lads and I won’t give up though, and we will continue to work hard and stick together, if we can cut out the mistakes we make then we will give ourselves a better chance – as always, we move on from this, learn again from the game and look to put it right this Saturday”