More like Wrestlemania than a trial match
By Craig Rose
Trialists show togetherness
Today's trial match was against a well established Winshill u18 team who had won their league comfortably and got to the semi finals of this season's Birmingham County Cup so no easy task.
Baron Guzel made his debut in the Dynamo midfield and Shepshed also welcomed back Jack Wilkins who was unavailable for last week's defeat at Aylestone.
Unfortunately Shepshed were without defenders Charlie Waters, Taino Uppal and Will Kerr so had to call in versatile RB Arnold Shonibare to play in the second half so the Dynamo management could try out Ajay Ford in midfield.
The match started with Shepshed going straight on the attack but the finish was poor, from there on Winshill started to take control and played some good football which didn't help with Shepshed constantly losing their formation and rushing every single pass without looking at its destination, movement was poor and frustration set in.
To make matters worse the referee for the game (who played football and hung with the Winshill lads) really let himself down, his obvious bias towards Winshill started to spoil what had started as a good game of football giving them every free kick, offside decision and when a blatant corner was there for all to see he gave Winshill a goal kick!!! This only frustrated the Shepshed players and management and even the Winshill management couldn't quite believe the refs strange decisions.
With more and more decisions going against the boys the ref started to lose control of the fixture, Shepshed players Patryk Sloedkiewicz and Asrat Vande Hey were yellow carded and so were two Winshill players.
Winshill would take the lead when a defensive mistake let in their no11 to place past Jack Elliott who himself had denied them with 3 good saves earlier in the match and frustrate him as the goal was conceded by Shepshed's lack of urgency.
To their credit the boys picked themselves up with encouragement from Ajay Ford and Luke Pinnick-Thornton and immediately hit back within 45 seconds as straight from kick off Pinnick-Thornton swung a ball over to Joe Pike on the wing and he nutmegged his player and flew down the wing, despite losing the ball briefly he quickly won the ball back and superbly lobbed the Winshill keeper, absolutely fantastic work from the two players and a great solo goal from Joe Pike.
The second half was drawing to an end and no one looked like scoring again but again the ref would spoil things, a clear cut foul on Owen Wells was ignored and Winshill played on and score the games winning goal, this infuriated the Dynamo squad and despite us also scoring a late equaliser this was unfairly given as offside when Pike had run from behind, played in a pinpoint cross for Yash Dalvi to tap home but offside was given against Pike.
With things going against the team the frustration eventually boiled over and ended in a 22 man brawl which wasn't nice for any spectators to see and harsh words were spoken to both teams after the fixture.
We move on from this game and learn from mistakes but also need to learn that sometimes you will have a ref that is biased against you in away fixtures.
Next up is Notts FC in what will be a very hard fixture and will need the team to work hard on phases of play in Mondays training session.