THIRD TEAM REFLECTIONS…
BBFC 5-3 AFC Hollington
“From 2-1 down to 5-3 victory – a hard fought victory against a physical side full of heart & passion driven by the emotion of the day. We did well to keep our focus to maintain our 100% home record”
Following the minute’s silence in memory of Chelsea Rose Betts (young relative of two AFCH brothers), we started well, creating 2 chances in the first 9 minutes.
We went ahead on 11 minutes after Adam Robinson fed Aaron Davies, who calmly slotted home in their box.
We were in control of the game until, on 23 mins, we failed to defend a corner at the front post & conceded an own-goal.
This gave AFCH great heart & as the rain fell, they raised their physical game to knock us off our stride in difficult slippery conditions.
It worked & we conceded another goal from a corner by not contesting an unmarked header on 36 mins.
But we didn’t panic & quickly got back our focus – using our passing game & wide men to better effect.
Two quick goals before half time gave us a 3-2 lead. On 41 mins Adam Robinson’s second assist found unmarked Chris Wakeford who fired home from 6 yards out.
On 43 mins Adam Thompsett fed Jamie Crouch who finished well from the edge of the box.
We started the second half in similar fashion. On 40 mins, Aaron Daviesfound Adam Thompsett, who hit the back of the net from inside their box.
Again we controlled the game until 71 mins when another low cross gave us problems & we failed to pick up an incoming runner to make it 4-3.
But we showed great determination to hold onto the lead & with the last move of the game, subs Kyle Macleod & Marius Viorica combined well to give Marius his first goal for BBFC.
We must defend corners & crosses better. I will look at this issue carefully for next week. I got my positional selection wrong yesterday. We also need more communication & organisation when defending in our box,
Overall, however, every squad member gave a positive contribution in a very physically demanding game.
Special mention to Adam Robinson & Aaron Davies for their performances as wide midfielders. They both worked hard when attacking & defending, & provided much creativity which troubled AFCH defence throughout the game.