A hard game today in very tough
conditions but the 3-6 loss in the end was a fair result as St Helier
handled the conditions better than us.
In the first half, we did not
make the most of our up-front opportunities - we were there, "in the zone"
many times but we did not have that final edge to score. Their goal-keeper
today did a great job - in the right place at the right time and he came to
the ball aggressively and with confidence.
We had a few more gaps than
normal in defence today and they opened us up a few too many times with
break-aways. We found the conditions tough - heavy grounds are clearly not
our forte - we tend to play best when we have a fast open game - our key
losses this year have been on the treacle-like pitches as we had today.
But again, we were firmly on the
scoreboard which bodes well, a 3-6 loss after 1-1 at half time shows that we
are consistent scorers, we just fell down in the second half as the
conditions took their toll. James G played a great game, with some
scything runs and great tackles, Raph showed great vision and adapted
well to the conditions and Martin used brute commitment to set up the
first goal. Man-of-the-match today was Tom, an exceptionally well
balanced game - going about the essential basics with quiet determination
and admirable flair in heavy conditions - even the ref paid special
compliments to Tom today.
It was a great, pulsating game
yesterday - one that had us all gripped from the cold, wet sidelines. You
played with great passion and commitment in heavy conditions - I was proud
of the collective effort - it has been the hallmark of our season to date.
Another effort like that on the 26th will be a great way to round off the