Well what a shocker of a performance that was. Compared to my only other game of this season, when despite Bath City being the better and more polished footballing side, we at least matched them for commitment, and eventually tenacity and determination got us a slightly fortunate win against opponents whose own Manager praised for being at the top of their game. But what a contrast with the spiritless lethargic 'performance' we witnessed yesterday. It surely must have been more than a case of the players making their feelings known about the formation foisted upon them for this match ?
If Owers shifted away from 5-3-2 in an attempt to pacify a section of his critics, then let's hope he's learned his lesson before Monday. Mainly uninspiring football from both sides in the opening stages, our only consistency seemed to be in the regularity with which we over hit any pass of distance. A pivotal point in the match came when H&R had a corner which was delivered at a relatively low trajectory. Cap'n Brett was ideally positioned to clear it, unopposed, with a thumping header, but at the last split second decided to duck under it. The ball then immediately hitting someone on the goal line before they had time to react, and the nightmare afternoon was really getting into it's stride.
Bereft of ideas, bereft of movement, and not the slightest indication that any of our players were getting the slightest enjoyment from playing football. Not even Liam Davis, whose tackling and play in possession rightly earned him MOTM, even if his crossing still needs working on. Though his delivery was world class in comparison to that provided by young Ben Wynter, who had a afternoon when little went right.
The half time introduction of Ruari Keating brought admirable effort, and the Irishman hit a fine cross shot on the run that hit the base of the post. After 15 or 20 minutes however, Keating's initial spark had waned, we were back to giving the H&R defence a largely untroubled afternoon.
Discontent off the pitch,and you wonder it there's also discontent on it. Intelligent senior pros like Ryan Dickson and Asa Hall surely won't be willing to quietly put up with a whole season of things trundling on in that manner. Whatever the cause, I'm sure discussions will be had and changes of some significant kind, even if it's not in personnel, made in order to make sure there's a significant change of course from the one we appeared to be on yesterday.
It was a forced change of formation Alpine Owers wouldn't listen to his critics now would he. Gowling could have done a job if he were here and he could have kept to the same mind numbing defensive formation. It was either weaken an already weak midfield by playing Hall back there or try something different. Nothing to do with any outside pressures - hes already clutching at straws.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..