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hartley 3 hounslow united 1

Post by nick vint - 14-08-2016, 20:40

This was a frustrating game to watch in some ways for the fans with the lads completely dominating proceedings from start to finish, but missing chance after chance, and far too often caught in possession, losing the ball, and then not closing the opposition down quickly enough when they had the ball.
With a couple of forced changes from the Farnham game with young Sills and Paget making their first appearances for injuries to Noaksey and as usual I spoke to soon when I said that Andy New would be going up the ladder because he was off having a trial at Stoke!!!!
The boys controlled midfield through Jonesy and Steve Laidler and frustratingly it took 35 minutes, after we had missed chance after chance before Shane Hollamby swivelled and turned the ball into the net, so one up for the third time this season at half time just did not reflect the situation.
The second half started with the same mixture of superiority and missed opportunities and it was a total surprise when with our defence stretched they scored with practically their first shot of the match. It was then left with fifteen minutes left for Liam Eagle to show how to score with a towering header from a left wing cross to put some semblance of sanity back into the game. Yet within minutes with the defence again exposed only a great finger tip save from Craig Bradshaw stopped them equalising with only their second shot of the game.
In the dying minutes Sam Argent then made the game safe after one or two neat exchanges between players.

I don't know what the problem is in front of goal, but this season the killer instinct and clinical finishing seems to have deserted us for the moment, it may be just a lack of confidence, but it is probably me being too critical as this is only the third game of the season and whatever one says the fact is that we are still unbeaten with a 100 per cent record in the league. Difficult game against Colliers Wood away on Wednesday where we will have to play
up to our strengths to get a result.
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