Witnesham Wasps

Witnesham Wasps

Another weekend and another poor performance from the Wasps saw us fall to our third defeat in four games this time at the hands of the newly revitalised Thurston FC.
We started off with the same 4-4-2 formation as the previous week looking to get an early goal and really take the game to Thurston, but as was the case against Wortham last week, Thurston were happy for us to have the ball and defend deep with their big centre half’s and utilise the pace of their wingers to cause us problems on the counter attack.
The first ten minutes started out fairly evenly with both teams having a share of the ball, until a shot in the Wasps box took a deflection and looked to be heading in until Martin did well to tip round the post. Nothing came of the resulting corner and possession was once again played out between the two sides in the next five minutes without either team gaining any great deal.
A sucker punch for us came shortly after when the Thurston left winger did well down the left-hand side and placed a great ball across the box for the on rushing number 7 to slot in at the far post, but ultimately himself and everyone else on the pitch new the goal was at least two yards offside. We didn’t get the decision to my amazement, and the goal was allowed to stand. Hard one to take but 0-1 became 0-2 almost immediately after when a corner from the left side was whipped in to the back post for a free header back across goal, and a tap in for the striker on the goal line. Poor defending from us is an understatement, and this really killed us off until half time.
We then reverted back to our usual 4-3-3 formation and brought on Rose and Hewitt into centre midfield to play alongside Ingham and moved Haque out to the left and Keinzely over to the right. This gave us more pace on the wings and we were then able to push the wingers higher up the pitch to support Clarke, This seemed to work for the first 15 minutes and we created a few half chances, but it was Thurston who broke forward and it was only for a fine double save from Martin that we were able to keep the scoreline at 0-2. Unfortunately with 15 minutes remaining a long ball was placed over our defence, and with the ball bouncing high Martin came out to try and catch under pressure but misjudged the bounce and the speed of the ball. This resulted in only getting a hand on the ball allowing the Thurston striker to finish from a tight angle. This killed us off in all honestly as we were starting to make inroads, but the game was well over before this point.
We placed a few dangerous crosses on top of the keeper in the final minutes who dealt with them well, but Thurston had time to add a fourth when they broke free down the left-hand side again, and another ball across the box was finished well from the on rushing Thurston player. Martin did really well in the final minutes to claw away a free header from six yards from the Thurston number 9, and shortly after the referee blew the final whistle to put us out of our misery. Credit to Thurston who I thought played well, and I must say the Thurston number 9 was a very good player. His movement across the back line caused us problems all afternoon, and someone who should definitely be playing at a higher level.
For the second week running we didn’t deserve anything from the game. We kept the ball really well under pressure, and again we moved the ball forwards quickly and played simple when we needed to, but this all counts for nothing if you can’t put the ball in the net. Sadly this has been our problem of late, and it’s evident we are in desperate need of a striker to help our cause.
MOTM for me was Haque. His pace and trickery caused the Thurston defence problems all afternoon, and his direct running was unplayable at times. A great all-round performance and two games in a row now that he’s shone for us in what has been a difficult couple of weeks for all involved.
We need a reaction this weekend when we travel to face Woolverstone FC who have leapfrogged us in the table with a tough game expected.

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Posted: Monday, March 4 2019 by Darryl Martin

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