A quick chat with the Stevenage captain before the game revealed between us we had conceded 19 goals last weekend, which shows the gulf between the top & bottom half of our division.
We were both expecting a much more even & competitive game, bearing in mind on our 0-0 draw earlier in the season, and that’s exactly what the game turned out to be.
They started the brighter, but didn’t trouble Terry in goal, the defence held firm & the couple of short corners they had came to nothing. We picked up the pace, starting to move the ball around the pitch, creating space which enabled runners to make a few extra yards, one of those occasions meant Andy P got up enough momentum to get past a couple of their midfielders, knocked the ball to the on-rushing Jona, who played it across to Paul, he pushed it into the D, Matt got a touch which fell to Brian at the back post and he slotted home, 1-0. We had a couple of short corners, one pawed away by the keeper, one pushed round the post by the defender on the line. Matt had a couple of chances which whistled just wide as we continued to press for more. Half time came with us definitely in the ascendance.
We started the second half the sharper as well, continuing to put the pressure on, but in a game of ebbs & flows, they came back at us, earned a couple more short corners, one of which squeezed in at the post, this emboldened them, but it also emboldened us & in particular Lawrence Wetters who stepped up & was intercepting their passes, making some great tackles & passing sensibly when he had the ball. This helped us ease the pressure & as their legs tired, we pushed for a winner, but nothing was forthcoming. John B cleared a late short corner of theirs off the line, to keep the scores level. Their umpires had umpired the game very effectively as well, firm, fair & allowing the game to flow where they could.
After a very pleasant drive through the historic High Street with its timbered buildings, down the tree-lined avenue leading to the clubhouse, we adjourned for our teas.
Man of the match was close … NOT, Lawrence received 11 of the votes & both he and Deven were given praise by the opposition, which is always nice to hear.