Glassboys bounce back
By Simon King
Six of the best
Six of the best as Stourbridge cruised to an easy win against opponents who were outclassed from start to finish. In fairness 6 nil was a real let off for St Georges FC as a mixture of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the scoreline down.
The first 20 minutes saw 'The Glassboys' dominate possession and territory and create numerous chances that were wasted. James Fletcher
and Amari Richards could have given us the lead as both were put through in 1 v 1 situations.
Although we played ok we felt we could apply a higher press in the second quarter and use our fullbacks more effectively. The boys took the information on well with Hayden Reeves and Tom Hunt commanding any aeriel balls and the central pairing of Trevis and Dan picking up ball and setting up wave after wave of attack feeding Corey, Mitch and both Will & Charlie who started to overlap. However the first goal came from great pressure from Swainy who chased down a loose back pass and stole the ball from the goalkeeper before calmly finishing. Then Fletch finally and deservedly got in on the action. Excellent play down the left saw Corey deliver a lovely cross and the big man sweep the ball home after a very hard working but frustarting time for him.
A couple of changes at half time disrupted our play a little in the next quarter although we put the game at of sight. A number of chances fell to Aaron Bishop and Amari before Swainy grabbed his second with a poachers nod home. Kyle then took a quick throw in which saw Mitch put through and calmly finish to make it 4-0. Swainy should have grabbed his hatrick in this period and Ky, Aaron and Mitch could have added further goals.
The final period saw us change to a 3-5-2 with a focus on keeping the ball better, staying focused and ensuring more quality in our play. The boys adapted well with Hurley, Hunt and Reeves looking comfortable. We created some excellent opportunities in this period with Bishop adding to the score and Amari getting a rare left footed goal (good to see). We dominated so much so that Corey could have had a hatrick just in this period.
What was great to see - neither Joe or Oli had to make a save today (excellent defending and concentration). The boys showed they are intelligent and can change tactics/formation with ease. In the final period I saw some leaders (Corey organising from goal kicks to stop them getting out). I also saw a team including injured players (Jimmy and Oli H travelling to support their mates).
Like last week boys - we dont get carried away with victory like we dont get to down from defeats.