Saturday 23rd October – another cracking day for football, looked a little grey but it was forecast to be dry. We were away at Overton Road to play Reed, the pitch here is an absolute shocker and we weren’t disappointed. Reed had had a slow start to the season, losing 2 and drawing 2, however looking at them today they looked a pretty good organised outfit.
We had a strong team again and a strong bench, we were unbeaten so far this season and wanted to maintain that today. We started a little slow and Reed went at us right from the start, they were very up for the game and we were not firing on all cylinders. After 10 – 15 minutes we settled a little but Reed were playing a very physical game and with the pitch not really suiting our style of play we were struggling to make an impact. After 25 minutes of a really hard fought battle the ball came to Dave Cockesdge just outside the Reed box and he hit an absolute beauty which crashed off the crossbar, hit the line and bounced out. A cracking effort which didn’t get the reward it deserved. Reed were very fast up front and had exposed us a number of times with only the keeper to beat, in most cases they made embarrassingly hopeless efforts which went way past our goal but on a couple of occasions we had to rely on Keith to make some great saves. So we got to half time at 0 0 having been involved in a very physical open game.
We had been a bit rattled in the first half and we needed to go out with a very different attitude in the second. Reed wanted to win this game and we would have to work hard for the next 45 minutes to deny them. Cocksy was working hard in the middle and had taken a fair amount of cracks throughout the game, halfway through the 2nd half the ball was played into him again and he hit an instant shot which went just over the bar. We had had 2 close efforts so far and Dave had produced both. Reed were a constant threat with their pace up front giving Keith a very good workout in goal. It wasn’t a very pretty game but with the physical nature of it and the dreadful pitch it was a real battle which brought out great character from the lads. It finished 0 0 and although a tough match it was very amicable and Reed were a good bunch. So, not a win but still unbeaten for the season.
Man of the match. Really tough match and a good hardworking performance, This week it goes to Keith, made some great saves and kept us in it.
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