Reserves push unbeaten Bar Hill all the way in defeat
Great performance nearly earns Reserves at least a point
An overcast day was in store as the Reserves had their second consecutive home match hosting an unbeaten Bar Hill Saturday, with many of the squad getting to the Cass early to catch some of the Manchester derby. A strong squad was available meaning five or six players were missing out, while after 5 matches in goal Alex was selected at centre back with a returning Cameron in the sticks. The biggest news though was the new home kit, kindly sponsored by the Banquet Inn once again...and we managed to get a team picture.
Team: Cameron, Kendal, Csaba, Alex, Ryan, Baz ©, Jonny P, Tom, Dali, Callum, Rob (1)
Subs: Lewis, Hilaire, Guy, Suki, Scott
The match started quick with both teams looking to take a hold and get an early goal. We enjoyed a good bit of possession while Bar Hill showed their intent to retain their 100% start to the season with some great football too. The opponents took the lead fairly early from a long throw in the box which allowed the Hill striker to take a touch on the chest, turn, and smash it past a helpless Cam. More end-to-end action continued throughout the first half but neither team could quite convert the decent chances that were created.
The second half began at a high tempo once again and another early goal doubled Bar Hill's lead, a free header coming from a good move that was not dealt with at the back. This didn't stop us playing some fantastic football, attacking our opponents, especially through our wingers who had the reading of the two full backs, to create chances. Rob got the goal back with a strong header coming from a header back across goal after a perfect cross - all a result of pressure from a free kick.
For the last 20 minutes we had Hill on the back foot as we searched for at least an equaliser, despite three enforced changes due to knocks/injuries, and although we created some good chances, we couldn't quite find a goal that would have claimed the point we would have deserved.
That's five of the top six sides in the league played, with great displays from our ever-improving squad, but not quite the results that we could have had. We travel to bottom of the table Sawston Rovers next weekend and feel we must claim our second win of the season, which will require a repeat of the most recent performances...