The U12’s Jekyl and Hyde season continued today with a pretty appalling performance against the bottom placed White division team, Borehamwood 2000, in the Spring Trophy group stages.
Given that Borehamwood have only won one of their 14 league games this season, and only scored more than 1 goal in 2 of the 14, the fact that we concede 4 goals says everything about our performance today. The fact that 2 of the goals could certainly be put down to goalie-error in the absence of our usual keeper, that was little consolation as they were still the more industrious side.
Our pre-match team talk focussed on not taking the opposition lightly, and to ensure that if / when we got ahead to ensure we piled on the pressure as goal-difference would be everything for us in this competition given our loss in the first game to St Albans
The first minute of the game seemed to imply that we would go on to win by a margin as whilst Borehamwood had the better of the very earlier possession, the game was only a minute old when some poor control from the Borehamwood midfield allowed the ball to run through for Sammy, who showed the Borehamwood defence a clean pair of heels to take us 1 – 0 up.
We didn’t pile on any pressure or look to close the game out and in the 8th minute Borehamwood drew level.
The stalemate did not last long as within 2 minutes we had moved a goal ahead again through Sammy, but that was the last of anything good from us that half as we needlessly conceded two more goals to go in to half-time at 3-2 down.
The second half was much the same, we did not handle the bigger pitch well, we did not close down the opposition, allowed too many passes to go astray and rarely competed for the second phase ball.
When Borehamwood scored again to go 4 -2 up the writing was to some extent already on the wall.
With only 9 players at our disposal it was difficult to change things up as even pushing a second man up front, just exposed us more at the back. That said, in the last 5 or so minutes we did mount a bit of a fight back, far too late to have any lasting impact, but it did lead to Barsa picking up his first goal of the season with a minute to go to bring the final score to 4 – 3
A poor day which will make it incredibly hard for us to progress out of the group stages of a trophy that on paper we should have been looking to win.
Our man of the match was awarded based on the first 10 minutes of the game (!) to Sammy.