Cheered on by the Ellistown FC WAGS, the boys turned up at GNG looking to continue the good form from last weeks game v Hathern against a GNG side who are in transition after a difficult pre-season.
One look at the under prepared pitch confirmed we will would need to play smart football to get anything out of the game.
This we did, as straight from the kick-off we exploited holes at the back and big spaces on the pitch to out play GNG and quickly took the lead on 5 minutes when an error from GNG keeper Richard Edwards, gave Nathan Tomlinson a tap in for his 1st goal of the season.
GNG 0-1 EFC 5 mins
With Jake Mcloughlin spraying the ball around the park and Aaron Windram and his defenders cleaning up at the back, Ellistown had the freedom to play simple football and win the game by half-time.
The fact we did'nt was due to GNG not throwing in the towel and Town over-playing.
The half-time whistle went with Ellistown frustrated they only had a 1-0 lead.
GNG 0-1 EFC HT
2nd half was one of the most frustrating halves of football I've seen in a long time.
Ellistown stopped playing and GNG were not good enough to capitalise. All we had to do to was either see out a 1-0 win or put the foot down and score the 2nd\3rd to give the scoreline a more realistic view.
We just could not get going and allowed GNG to believe they could get back in the game through route 1 football.
Our cause was not helped by giving away countless fouls that allowed GNG to pump the ball into the box and not playing the simple ball when players were in great attacking situations.
We got what our 2nd half performance deserved on 88 mins when a GNG corner left Devan Thakrar a clear header at goal and he made no mistake.
GNG 1-1 EFC 88 mins
With the secretary getting ready to throw his dummy out of the pram, GNG went for the win but we had the last chance to win it when a Jake Mcloughlin freekick into the box found the GNG goalkeeper.
The final whistle went with the secretary throwing his dummy out of the pram and a final score of
GNG 1-1 EFC FT
GNG proved you should never give up in a game of football and on the 2nd half performance deserved the equaliser.
On our part, we know this was a win we had thrown away through not playing simple football. You don't need to beat 5 men when you have a colleague in acres of space 10 yards away from you or try a super skill when a boot up the pitch will do.
On the positives, this is our best start to a season for 6 years and we are a special team who are still learning and this is a minor hiccup on our journey.
Many thanks to GNG for the post game samosas and sandwiches and for your hospitality throughout the day