Blacky's Briefing: Reaction to Cray Wanderers & Hastings United With FA Cup in Sight
Last Saturday was a real mixture of emotions. First half we were outstanding and really should’ve been out of sight by the break. We created lots of opportunities, which usually we would take, so it was frustrating to see our opponents take the lead against the run of play with their first shot on goal. The players’ reaction though was excellent and deservedly we went into the half time with the lead after outstanding goals by Rory and ‘Chappo’. The statistics show that they never had another shot on target that half, and I thought we were managing the game well until we got punished by a couple of mistakes. It’s easy to point fingers at mistakes like that but in my opinion there’s just as strong a case to say we should’ve been home and dry by that time and it would’ve only been a consolation. Those are the very fine margins we deal with.
On reflection, of the two tough games against Cray and Hastings we’ve been in winning positions and just needed to keep concentration. Keep that and we’ll be back to winning ways sooner rather than later.
To keep you informed of other news, Liam Taylor’s U23s kicked off their league campaign last night at Three Bridges, where they came off second, unfortunately. I haven’t had a chance to speak to Liam yet today but hope to catch up with him for a de-brief later. Also, our new Reserves side will have their first game on Saturday against Burgess Hodges at the Simon Langton Boys’ Grammar, and I’ve no doubt the boys will do the club credit. Scott Roberts heads this team in a very competitive County League that will provide an excellent physical challenge for our young players.
The 1st team will of course face Chatham Town in an FA cup tie on Saturday, and the Chats have started their season well with 3 wins and a draw from 4 games, and are top of Southern Counties East Premier. Manager James Collins has assembled a very good squad and I’m prepared and ready for a tough match, so I hope you’ll be there and in fine voice.
Up the Rams.