|05/11: Pangloss 0-1 Vets2|
|published Monday, 14-Nov-2011 (374) HITS|
After the solid start to the season (8 points from 6 games), we went to Pangloss full of optimism. Our opponents had lost all their 7 games, scoring just 6 and conceding 25 goals.
It was another sunny day and their team also did not contain the player who almost single-handedly won this encounter for them last season when we managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a poor second half. A win would probably even see us in the top half of the league – something Vets 2 captains can usually only dream about. Who knows where it might lead, after all?
Following various team discussions, Kenny decided to change the formation to 3-4-1-2. In front of keeper Colin we had just 3 at the back: Chris Riley on the right, Alex Knott on the left and Kevin Hyde in the middle. There were 4 in midfield: Pete Brown and Freddie Dehombreux in the middle, with Jez Bentham on the left and Chris Ffinch on the right. George Boyadjiev played in the “hole” in front of the midfield and behind Kenny Francey and Ally Currie in attack. Unfortunately, it seemed as though the team was more interested in enjoying the autumn sunshine and that the giddy heights of top-half football had got to the team.
After the kick-off we seemed to suffer a collective bout of vertigo. We struggled to put passes together and gave thei r midfield much too much time. So they started to believe in themselves and their 2 central midfielders started to take control. One of them sent a dangerous ball from their right midfield towards our left back position. Luckily, its intended recipient couldn’t get it under control, so the ball rolled out harmlessly for a goal-kick. Then, a few minutes later, their other central midfielder sent a through ball along their right channel which had Kevin and Alex back-peddling at speed. Luckily, Colin came out quickly and saved the one-on-one.
The Vets 2 retribution was swift and incisive. The central midfielder who had just passed the ball received the ball again and Freddie did his duty. A tough challenge to the ankle resulted in a yellow card, but their player could only manage to hobble around afterwards and remained anonymous for the rest of the match. We then started to impose ourselves and some good passing down both wings resulted in a series of half-chances and some corners, none of which was converted. We continued to make our presence felt and one notable challenge from Jez scared the opposition and resulted in dramatic complaints. The ball was passed back to one of their central defenders and Jez thought that he may be able to reach it, so ran at full speed and slid into the tackle, leg outstretched. He got the ball and the ref said nothing, but they were clearly rattled by our increasing commitment and determination.
Nevertheless, the half ended scoreless. We made a couple of changes at half-time. Dave Leigh replaced Chris Riley at right back and Tony White replaced Ally Currie in attack. In the second half we were kicking down-hill and immediately had them on the back foot when Jez made a run down the left which resulted in a panicked clearance for a corner. Tony was given plenty of time and space which he used to well to orchestrate some good passes. From one of these, Chris Ffinch sent a through ball on the ground to Jez that split their defence, but the keeper blocked well and Jez was unable to convert the one-on-one. And then the goal came. Tony passed to Kenny, who laid the ball off to Chris on the right. Chris controlled it and ran past their defence to the bye-line where he centred the ball into the middle of their penalty area. Jez took advantage of the open goal, hitting the back of the net whilst attempting what looked like a double somersault. The opposition heads dropped and the rest of the half was almost totally one-way traffic as we tried to carve out openings to increase the lead.
From a corner, the ball fell to Tony on the edge of the area and his wonderfully struck shot was heading for the top left corner until their keeper somehow managed to get a hand to it to push it round the post. From another nice move the ball fell to Kenny about 10 yards’ out, but again their keeper made a fine save. When the final whistle went, although it was great to have another win under our belt, somehow we felt as though we should have won more convincingly.
MoM: Pete Brown