After what was the heaviest defeat of the season it would have been easy for Newlands’ players to give up on the rest of the season. In fact the opposite was true, it made them more determined in training, to take risks and mix it up a bit for a fresh approach. This was shown in the match. We were very organised and in the first half limited their chances on goal. This was a new look Newlands team who, instead of sitting back inviting pressure, went for the attack. Unfortunately this meant we were open to counter attacks and in the first half they used their pace to break our defensive line going through on goal 1 on 1 with Jack in goal who unfortunately could not keep it out. At one nil down we stuck to our game plan and it paid off. Alfie raced towards goal, the Tanners brook defender recovered well and showed Alfie towards to corner flag. The chance looked lost. But Alfie hit it from an impossible angle to find the back of the net in what was reminiscent of Frank Lampard’s goal against Barcelona for Chelsea with Alfie’s a tighter angle. This was our first goal of the season and there was jubilant scenes amongst the team. They wanted more and confidence was high and took the game to tanners brook forcing their goal keeper to pull off some fantastic saves. Unfortunately we were hit on the break with just moments to go before half time making it 2-1. The second half Jack pulled off some great saves keeping Newlands in it as Tanners Brook looked to increase their advantage. He pulled off a great save and as he was on the floor the Tanners brook striker followed up drilling a low shot, somehow incredibly Jack saved it with his FACE sending the ball sailing over the bar. Newlands energetic first half performance showed in the 2nd half with our energy levels low. This lead to a sloppy tackle from the resulting corner which lead to a penalty and gave Tanners brook a 2 goal advantage. Newlands responded immediately, Lewis going through 1 on 1 with the goal keeper, at full stretch he tried to toe poke it under their goalkeeper, unfortunately the ball painstakingly rolled just an inch too far in front of him. As Newlands tired Tanners Brook found their second wind, jack again proving what an asset he is between the sticks keeping out efforts. Our new defensive partnership with Louie, Harvey and Leo worked hard to limit chances but as the match wore on their lack of game time together showed with a rare mix up which lead to tanners brook making it 4-1. With not long left to go Newlands chased a goal with Bradley and Billy hitting some excellent balls forward. Callum closed down and pressed every Tanners Brook attack trying to win the ball back. The pressing lead to a Tanners Brook mistake and a Newlands corner. Everyone went forward to try and pull a goal back. Even Jack went up to try and score to join the exclusive club of goalkeepers to have gotten on the score sheet. The gamble however did not work with and Tanners Brook cleared well and their striker racing down the pitch to roll in an empty net just before the final whistle. The green shoots of recovery are well and truly in place for this Newlands team and all the players look forward to the next match.
Team: Alfie, Bradley, Louie, Leo, Jack, Billy, Lewis, Harvey and Callum
By Mr Adcock