Blacky's Briefing: Reaction to Loss at Guernsey as we Prepare for Sevenoaks in FA Cup

Blacky's Briefing: Reaction to Loss at Guernsey as we Prepare for Sevenoaks in FA Cup

23/11/2018

Last week we took the long trip to Guernsey. We’ve had a good record there over the last 5 years and unfortunately we were unable to continue that this time around. However it wasn’t for the want of trying. Leaving at 5am that morning and then getting delayed at Gatwick wasn’t ideal preparation for us. We did everything we could to make sure we started brightly however heavy legs took their toll and we found ourselves conceding an early goal.

After 20-30 mins though we were much the better side, and how we walked away with nothing left us scratching our heads. We had numerous chances and easily had 70% of the possession. I was pleased with the players’ attitude and Guernsey were on the ropes for the entire 2nd half, however we just lacked that bit of quality on the day, and had we scored one sooner then it would have been a completely different story. That’s a lesson we must learn because that was a missed opportunity to gain 3 pts.

This was always going to be a tough start but we can draw confidence from our performances. The fact we’ve lost to 3 of the 4 teams who currently sit at the top of the table with unbeaten records, and knowing how close we came to beating those sides, shows we’re on the right path.

We now have another 3 home ties in a week and your continued support is always appreciated. Tomorrow we have the FA Cup first qualifying round fixture against Sevenoaks Town. Our opponents have come off the back of a league winning campaign last season and Micky Collins has assembled a very good squad. League form is now set aside and I’ve no doubt this will be a really tough tie.

As always, I look forward to seeing you there and after.

Up the Rams

Blacky