Colliers 1 - 2 #TheRow
Post by - 18-08-2016, 13:52
Hartley secured another three points to further continue our 100% win rate in the league.
I've always enjoyed our games with Colliers Wood, they're an honest club that are always very welcoming. They also play an attractive brand of football heavily based around possession. Although, they were a little more direct than they were last season; which personally I think will aid them across the season.
Were it not for the sharp reactions of Bradshaw and a couple of last ditch tackles, we could have found ourselves four down by half time. I am sure Colliers were left scratching their heads at half-time, especially as our only shot at goal was converted at the back post by Sam Argent. Steve Duff provided a superb cross from the wide right position which was met by Argent. Despite being within the six yard box, he still had a lot to do, but managed to keep his header down and into the net from a tight angle.
By our own standards the positives from the first half were few and far between. Despite scoring just before the half, which is always a great time to score, Colliers could well have been out of sight within the first 30 minutes; it certainly was more luck than judgement that we were able to take a clean sheet in at half time.
The second half: There was a clear improvement and we started to create a few more chances on a more consistent basis. Of course, some of that was down to Colliers having to commit more men forward, chasing their equaliser.
Hollamby was unlucky not to extend our lead midway through the second half as his shot crashed off the upright. We also had two very strong penalty shouts that were not considered worthy by the ref. Argent also had a good opportunity to double our lead when Everiss delivered a great cross from the right hand side, but the keeper pushed his header over the bar. Argent did, however, get our (and his) second when, after a consistent amount of pressure, the ball fell in the box and he lashed it home from close range on the half volley.
Colliers Wood pulled a goal back with about 10 minutes to go.
It certainly wasn't our best performance, but we will happily take that result. Colliers are a good side with plenty of quality throughout their team; there'll be plenty of clubs that will go away empty handed from the Wibbadune ground. Bit of an old throwaway saying, but it certainly has its place in that it's a good sign that we're still picking up points when not playing our best. Our best will come, we're sure of that, and the boys are determined to produce it. All eyes are now on Saturday afternoon when we host newly promoted Bedfont & Feltham.
Well done to the youth team last night, securing a 2-2 draw with Woking Academy. A great result, made even more impressive when you consider the age of some of our boys; I believe there were six fifteen year olds on show last night. Future's bright.