Tough game for the trialists
By Craig Rose
Todays trial game was against premier Division side Aylestone Park and would be a huge task for the lads but would help show the different ability levels of those involved.
Today the team included Kyle Nassau, Josh Kernon and Yash Dalvi for their first trial game.
The game was split into 3x30mins and the first 30mins was very close with Shepshed fielding their more established/experienced players and saw the impressive Joe Pike open the scoring with a superb left footed finish to give Shepshed a 1-0 lead.
Luke Pinnick-Thornton again controlled the Dynamo midfield but was being let down by other members of the team leaving their positions and making midfield vulnerable.
Jack Elliott in the Dynamo goal had an outstanding game and stopped three certain Aylestone goals after simple Aylestone through balls were going through the Shepshed back 3 with ease, these outstanding saves would see him rewarded with the man of the match award at the end of the game, the score after the first period of 30 minutes would finish 1-0 to Shepshed and despite it not being a brilliant half they held the lead and went in with a clean sheet.
Unfortunately that was as good as it would get for the team today though as Aylestone soon settled into their stride and hit an immediate equaliser after a left back mistake allowed their right winger to pick up the loose ball and lob the no 2 Shepshed keeper for today Matty Phipps, Shepshed then shut down mentally on the pitch with debutants Nassau and Kernan looking fragile and off the pace whereas other debutant Yash Dalvi was the one bright spark and looked well equipped for this level of football coping well when in possession and working tirelessly to regain the ball when out of possession.
Aylestone would take control though with 3 more goals this half with some coming through goalkeeper faults and some from poor pressure/recovery runs and overall poor retention of the ball.
With the score 4-1 after the second period mass substitutions were again made by Shepshed to give all trialists plenty of time to impress the management but again Aylestone dominated midfield and scored a fifth, with the game 15 minutes into the last 30 changes needed to be made to help break up the Aylestone dominance, no more goals arrived for either side and with the formation a 4-4-2 the Dynamo units of defence and midfield held tight to see out the game.
Overall a disappointing game for Shepshed and an eye opener to many players about the levels they should be playing at, their commitment and stamina today cannot be faulted and for those informed they wouldnt be going any further with the team should hold their heads high and see this type of game as a lesson and not a disappointment and we wish them all good luck for the future.