Old Suttonians (4) – (0) Clapham Old Xaverians’ 4th XI
Another disappointing result for the 4s. With the pouring rain and heavy winds the first half was a half of poor quality.
Old Suttonians (4) – (0) Clapham Old Xaverians’ 4th XI By Stan Christoforou
Team sheet: Josh Browne, Stan Christoforou, Michael Hart, Luke McLoughlin, Conor Keable, Jacob Browne, Ben Dakin, Matt Drury, Dom Taggart, Richard Williams, Karl Velinor. Subs: Tom Foster, Sean Slater.
Another disappointing result for the 4s. With the pouring rain and heavy winds the first half was a half of poor quality. It consisted mainly of both goalkeepers striking the ball into the air and the wind taking it in all sorts of directions. As a team of small stature and one that likes to pass the ball around on the floor the conditions were not what we needed and our midfield were not able to dominate the game as they can do. In small spells in the first half, we put some nice passages of play together but they were often ended by a poor final pass or a poor first touch. Right before half time we were awarded a corner, an opportunity to enter the half time break with a lead. However, the oppo headed the ball clear and with a thumping clearance way into our half, their striker was away and slotted home neatly one on one with our keeper. Conceding goals from our own corners is a problems that needs to be addressed as once again we were far too slow to react once the ball was lost. A poor goal to concede, followed by some harsh words at half time.
Despite this, we knew we had the quality to beat this side and were confident of doing so as the second half began. However, with only 5 mins on the clock of the second half we conceded, this time from an opposition corner. It was another poor goal to concede. Rather than rallying and plotting a comeback as we did in our previous game, we were frustrated and lost our heads. Our third goal came from an error from our keeper who miskicked his clearance straight to the opposition striker and a fourth goal(a penalty) on the stroke of full time. It wasn't our day. There were plenty of lessons to be learnt from this game and we must adapt and find a way to win games when we aren't playing on a perfect surface on a sunny day. As this was a cup game our focus is now fully on improving our league position, we had a good win last time out in the league and will look to make it back to back league wins on Saturday!