City 2's go down in the woods today.
By David Johns
A seemingly traditional slow start for City 2's left the team with a mountain just too big to climb, as they lost 3-1 away to New Forest.
Adjusting to a slow sandy pitch proved difficult during the first half where City just couldn't get going, despite flashes of good play.
For long periods the visitors defence held strong, but two lapses in concentration at short corners left the score at half time as 2-0.
Stern but clear words from the captain during the break outlined how things needed to be improved for the second period. To City's credit, a much improved performance in the second half did materialise, and long periods of pressure followed, but the final ball was slightly lacking.
The home team then capitalised on a good advantage played by the umpire to make it 3-0, before captain and eventual man of the match Alan Ball scored a consolation from a short corner routine with two minutes to go.
Ball said after the game: "Next week brings Winchester to Portsmouth in a late push back where three points could be absolutely vital to our chances of staying up. A speedier start is an absolute must!"