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Met Police 5 Hartley 1

Post by VINTY - 27-01-2019, 10:14

Hartley suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in the league as they were unceremoniously handcuffed, manacled and finally thrown into the cells by a rampant Met Police.
To be faiir to the boys for the first 20 minutes or so we competed pretty much on the same terms and even had the audacity to take the lead when after a great run Sal was brought down in the box, and although Mitch's poor penalty was easily saved Marley was on hand to slot the rebound in.
But as usual we cannot hang on to anything lately because within a minute from a corner they were allowed an unimpeded equaliser, which then stung them into action and Adam had to be alert to keep them out. Unfortumately we then lost our pivotal centre back Jack Ball to injury, but we went into half-time quite happy at 1-1.
Alas soon after the interval they scored twice in two minutes from set pieces again with our defence nowhere to be seen --- game over, and from then on it was virtually one way traffic, with just occasionally sorties from us.
Adam had to be make two or three great saves to keep us in the game but inevitably, after they had missed several opportunities, they scored again with our defence at sixes and sevens and unable to clear the danger. Their fifth was just the icing on the cake as they again scored unopposed from 15 yards and they then took their foot off the pedal
and were content to run down the clock.
To be fair to our defence they were not helped at times by either the midfield or forwards coming back and helping out especially when we had lost the ball. By the end the boys confidence seemed to have been shot and we are handicapped by the fact we do not have a leader on the field who can direct us where to go.
The management now have the huge task to somehow rectify the defensive problems that everyone can see exists, get the boys confidence back and get the team playing as a unit, because I am afraid shipping nine goals in the last two games means we will end up in a relegation battle if we are not careful, which none of us wants, but us supporters who turned up today went home very subdued with their tails between their legs.
Speaking to Millers afterwards he said we did not deserve anything if we concede three goals from set pieces and that changes would be made for the game next Tuesday,
which incidentally is the league cup game postponed from last Tuesday.
Sorry it is not a very positive report, but let us all turn up next Tuesday and support the boys and the management
in trying to turn things around. UP THE ROW
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