Welwyn Pegasus vs Bishops Stortford FC (League)
Date:Sunday 12th March, 2017
Score: Won 2-1
Goalscorers: Callum (1); Josh (1)
Man of the match: Josh
On paper, we should have won this game more convincingly but as we saw today this is not always the case.
The reasons for this view were that the other team were languishing towards the bottom of the league
(having only won one league game all year) and today they only had 10 players as well.
Maybe this was the issue, our players thinking it was going to be an easy game?
To be fair, BSFC had a good game plan and they executed it very well. They defended in numbers and
sat very deep, particularly in the second half, meaning there was little space behind their back four.
This forced us to either shoot from outside the box or it meant we had to try and get around their back
four, which we didn’t find easy to do – our final touch and final pass often letting us down.
The pitch was bobbly and this didn’t help some of our players with their first touch, and this
is clearly for me a continued area of development for some of the players to work on –
particularly at this level. Often, some of the players’ first touch was such that they were taking the ball back
towards the opposing players (creating an unnecessary stressful situation) rather than taking their first
touch away into space. Also, the size of the goals today were indeed very Junior in size and therefore
there was little chance of beating the goalkeeper with outside shots.
It was imperative therefore that we got in behind their back four, either through going wide and cutting
the ball across or back, or by one-twos, or by showing an individual piece of 1 vs 1 skill to take the
players on to shoot and score.
We have to give their boys a lot of credit. They fought hard throughout the game and they kept their team
shape well. They defended deep and then tried to catch us on the break; why wouldn’t you if you only
had ten men. They did this very well at times. I think this game further highlighted that we need to
work on our ability to break down teams in the final third. To assist this, we need to work on our
movement and passage of play in the final third.
In addition to this, I still feel we need to work on our finishing as well in the final third.
Our goal difference as seen on the Mitoo website reflects this massively.
Some people will comment that the rotation of four subs throughout the game and players playing in
different positions didn’t help. I would agree, however, we have seen from other games that there will
be times when we need players to adapt to different positions so all this is good practice.
Furthermore, by playing the players in different position will and should develop their all round game and
understanding making them better players for their preferred position.There was some good football
played in parts and overall the boys should good resilience tokeep going and win the game.
A wonderful piece of skill in the box from Callum enabled us to get the winner towards the end of the game.
Next week, we welcome back Jack Lincoln and Stevenage Red Sox.
We look forward to welcoming the Lincoln’s back to Monks Walk and I am sure he will be keen to get
Quote for the week:
“I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life's problems.”
(James Cash Penney)