So our last pre season in done, scoreline will look like we were comfortably beaten, in truth it was anything but that, losing was harsh let alone 4-1, also against a step 3 side who are always very good at that level as well, we certainly gave them a tough test.
We went into it short of Simba injured, Purds and Kel all unavailabile due to work, plus Rob Carr on holiday, we also had Reece Rusher unavailable, we still went there with a strong squad of 17 players. Game was end to end for most of it, they have one of top scorers in league above playing for them and they play a bit of an older fashioned style 2 up top and very robust, so that was good test for us... realistically 2 errors put us 2-0 down although they did cause us a lot of problems at times, we equally did though and should have scored a couple for sure!
Second half we were better again though, we really had gone toe to toe with them, not sitting back against higher league as usually happens, we were confident enough to have a go and we just didn’t quite get it right in both boxes... more missed chances following great moves and then they scored with a breakaway, we got one back with the excellent Olly Balmer who was causing havoc! Really should have scored several more but the only goal left in the game was from them.
Really good lesson in ensuring we are switched on in big boxes, in terms of performance though I was very pleased with how we played!
That’s it for pre season, 3 wins (all against same level or higher), 4 draws, 2 defeats to step 3 sides, we have looked good at times but still a work in progress! Very pleased with the attitude of all the lads though who have travelled all over the south for these games all being away from home! We now have to drill down on what we are wanting and get ready for next Saturday fa cup in what will be a tough game against a side who will win their league comfortably (winning 3-0 away again today) and so we need to be ready.
Look forward to it!
Up the citizens!