Points deservedly shared
By Simon King
A depleted glassboys side
A depleted glassboys side took a share of the points against last year's champions. A flu virus has spread amongst the squad leaving us with only 13 players and a long trip to Cirencester to take on FGR. The beautiful setting of The Royal Agriculture College and it's perfect pitches gave hope for an equally attractive game but it wasn't to be today as a mixture of sloppy play and poor officiating meant the game was stop/start for long spells.
We started slowly yet had two excellent chances in the first quarter. James Fletcher
swivelling off a Mitch Heathcote cross to fire just wide of the far post. Mitch then went through and the FGR shot stopper made a very smart low save. The goal we conceded was horrendous from start to finish. Players diving into tackles, turning backs and a ball travelling across the full width of our penalty box with no communication or decision making being shown leaving an open goal for a tap in.
1-0 down and the boys recognised own faults. Too slow and too reactive. Second 20 was improved as midfield started to use the ball a bit better and we started to force lots of mistakes.
Half time remained 1-0. We spoke about moving ball a bit quicker and our wide players using the whole pitch and not getting too narrow. Within 3 minutes our best moment of the game as Amari drove through midfield before releasing Mitch. He beat his man and delivered a low driven cross that was swept home by Cal Swain (5 in 5 for the striker). Our opponents almost immediately reacted by breaking the game up with cheap fouls lot of which went unpunished but disrupted us and a few players became a little too involved with their opponents or the referee rather than focusing on the task.
1-1 going into final period. FGR were throwing bodies forward at every opportunity in search of the winner. They had their best spell as they forced their way down our right side and put a number of decent crosses to the back but had no one to finish them off. The boys showed good discipline during this period to only concentrate on football and held out for what was probably a fair score draw.
On reflection a good point gained against a team that beat Stourbridge u15, 16-0 last season. You could say considerable improvement has been made.