Willand v Elmore Friendly
After the disappointment of our 2nd friendly being cancelled last Friday due to the torrential rain, we moved on to our next game against Western League side Willand Rovers away at Silver Street. With a few players missing from the squad, a thinned down version took to the field to pit their wits against a top quality team.
It wasn't long before Willand show their quality as some sharp passing and interchanges found them troubling our players right from the start. Within minutes a conceded free kick by us out on the left, saw a whipped ball into the box neatly turned home by Willand, and without anyone tracking runners to trouble the scorer. Not the best start to the game, and worse was to follow...
Within minutes of kicking off, Willand again, with some slick passing found themselves back in front of our penalty area, and another foul committed just outside the box. A fine strike around the wall saw Wannell in goal scramble to his left, but the shot could only be parried into the corner of the net, 2-0 after 6 minutes, time to panic?
Well Willand did continue to pressurise and have most of the possession as the minutes ticked by, but we slowly found our feet, and worked way back into the game. And it wasn't long before Tom Tricker popped up to tuck home a neat finish from just inside the box.
As the minutes passed we gained more of a foothold in the game, putting more pressure on our host as we gained confidence from our 1st goal, and once again it wasn't long before Jamie Mudge pulled us level with his 1st goal of the game, and pulling us level at 2-2.
The confidence was know flowing, and with our defence being less troubled with every minute that passed, we managed turn the pressure more regularly onto the opposition defence. This pressure payed off not long before half time as Jesse Howe found the net to make it 2-3 and take us into half time with some what of an unbelievable performance to turn the game around.
Player changes at half time didn't stunt the enthusiasm and spirit that the team now had flowing through the ranks, and it wasn't long before Mudge found himself on with the ball out on the edge of the 18yd box, and with some fancy footwork cut inside and made himself a yard on his marker to neatly curl his shot into the bottom corner leaving the home keeper with no chance of saving.
The game did pass without anymore goals, but we continued to pressurise without quite managing to find the cutting edge to add to our tally, and with Willand rarely troubling our keeper in the 2nd half, it was somewhat a fantastic team performance to turn around such a poor start.
Full plaudits got out to everyone who played their part in the game. A squad performance that merited the 4-2 win, and hopefully gives the team confidence to move forward with the rest of our pre season games. The next of which is this Friday, the 28th July, at home to Peninsula East Division Teignmouth FC. It should be another tough test, and hopefully we can take Monday nights performance, and keep improving towards the season start.
Hope to see a lot of support for the team at home on Friday evening, 7.30 kick off, the bar will be open, what more can you ask for on a Friday night .....??⚽️???