Witnesham Wasps

Witnesham Wasps

On Saturday we travelled to face Woolverstone FC who we beat at the turn of the year in a keenly contested game with the Wasps running out 2-1 winners. We were hopeful of getting back to winning ways this week after our disappointing run of three defeats in our last four games, but a long list of unavailable players and injuries meant we only had one substitute for the second time this season. We started off with the same back four as last week with Gaunt, Leach, Crowder and Perez followed by Rose, Hewitt and Dan Mac in centre midfield, with Haque and Keinzley on the wings, and the returning Kyle Goodall up top. We were expecting a tough game as the previous game was a decent spectacle, but in all honesty what followed I’m actually still struggling to put into words.
Playing against the wind we made the worst possible start when around a minute in we were one down after playing the ball around the back with ease, the unfortunate Crowder stepped on the ball when trying to pass out wide allowing the Woolverstone number nine to greatly take advantage and slot into the bottom corner from six yards. Mistakes happen in games and with plenty of the game remaining we were still in confident mood that we could hit back, but that was soon dispelled almost immediately when we lost the ball in the middle of the park, and a quick break from Woolverstone followed with again their number nine being allowed to shoot from the edge of the box unchallenged and into the bottom corner for 2-0. Shell shocked was an understatement, but we had two great chances through the returning Goodall both via 1v1 situations, but unfortunately for us both went just wide and way over when we really should have scored. Martin made a smart save from a dipping volley and done well to deal with a looping cross which was aided by the ridiculous wind to see the half out at 2-0 to Woolverstone.

No changes at the break but we reiterated the need to keep the ball on the floor and commit men forward where possible, but also to use the conditions in our favour and throw a few long balls via the wind. In truth we huffed and puffed for long periods without really getting anywhere, and we were punished again when Woolverstone broke forward to score a third which they deserved. We tried to push men forward again and Rose finally managed to force the keeper into a save with a long free kick from the right, but he managed to tip the rising shot over with relative ease. Martin made two further 1v1 saves and parried a long range drive but this was all in vein when Woolverstone broke forward again to kill the game off with a well worked fourth.
Gladly the final whistle came and for the second week running we deserved to lose 4-0 with a truly awful showing. The amount of times we gave the ball away in dangerous areas was unbelievable, and we were rightly punished. I can honestly say I haven’t seen a worse performance from us all season. We lacked fight, a sense of belief, urgency and character. Everything you need when your backs are against the wall, and Saturday proved we just weren’t up for the fight when we really needed to be. I felt embarrassed walking off that pitch, and next week against Sutton we need to all put in a shift as I don’t think anyone who played on Saturday can say they had a decent game.
Up next we face Sutton Heath Saxons who currently sit bottom of the table, so I’m expecting a strong showing from all involved.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 12 2019 by Darryl Martin

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