So, it was wet, wet, wet this week, but when love is all around & the guys had a keen look in their angel eyes, I was wishing I was lucky & it wouldn’t be goodnight girl with a sweet surrender or a sweet little mystery that somewhere somehow we would lose today.
We knew it was going to be tough this week, just 11 on the team sheet, our usual central defensive partnership unavailable, they had scored seven last week & it was raining!
We started brightly, pressurising them from the front through to the back, their midfield was strong though and they were firing passes around the pitch at will. But it was us who were going to open the scoring, good pressure down the right led to a bit of a melee in the middle, the ball fell to Andy P on the right of the D, he struck the ball into the top left-hand corner, 1-0. Hang on a minute I hear you say, that doesn’t sound like something he’s usually capable of, so, in a bout of honesty, it was a good goal-bound strike, but it looped off a defender’s stick dropping into the top corner, leaving the keeper helpless & flailing sticks failing to keep it out.
Unfortunately, that spurred Luton into action, some of their previously wayward passes started finding players in the D causing consternation in the defence and we gave away a few short corners. They put three past us before half time, which could have been more but for some great saves from Terry.
We came out in the second half looking to reduce the deficit, but we were unable to create the same pressure we had in the first half, their ranks had been bolstered by another strong midfielder & though we battled hard they scored another three goals. We kept playing hockey, passing through the midfield, but we were tiring a bit towards the end & did well to keep the score as it was.
It was one of those games that was enjoyable to play & that didn’t deserve the eventual score-line, we always felt we were in with a chance.
Man of the match went to Dave Sutcliffe, a very strong performance in front of the defensive three, intercepting well and distributing astutely.