Elmore FC V Teignmouth FC
Another tough friendly to continue pre season.
Another tough friendly to continue pre season saw us taking on Teignmouth FC at Horsdon Park, a Peninsula East Division side that are always a tough opponent, and who are a regularly pushing for promotion to the Peninsula Premier.
After a slightly slow start to the game, we grew into the action as we did previously at Willand. Our opponents were sharp and physically a strong side, and slightly different opposition to a high tempo slick passing Willand Rovers from our last game. Good to have a different type of test as no teams will play the same way in our league, and it will most definitely be a physical league.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout the first half with neither side really making any clear cut goal scoring chances, but Teignmouth could possibly claim they had more of the play, as we were a little wasteful in areas with our passing, and ball retention and our movement at times seemed a little rusty with a lack of width being offered slowing us getting through the thirds quicker. That said we worked hard again, and did produce periods of good football, but perhaps the change of starting personnel again giving all players a chance to show their worth within the squad, may have slightly curbed the flow of our play with players still getting used to each other. There were positives throughout though, and with a tough opposition not allowing us to settle, we worked very hard and tried as much as possible to break lines in our opponents defence, but couldn't quite find the killer passes to break the deadlock, and went into half time all square...
The second half saw more changes, and the game continued in similar fashion with both teams attacking without the final cutting edge, but we were starting to get a better grip on the game as it went on. With Tiverton Towns Martin Rice playing in goal for Teignmouth, he showed his quality on a few occasions as pressure grew on our opponents goal. That pressure told as the half ticked by with Callum Old showing sharpness in and around the box to grab himself 2 goals in fairly quick succession.
We were now playing better as a team and regular good quality link up play say us continuously pressing, but couldn't find another opening to increase our lead.
And so the game ended with another hard fought, and entertaining match Seeing us with a positive 2-0 win.
Monday night, the 31st, sees us welcome local Peninsula Premier Witheridge FC, with a 7.30 kick off, this will probably present our squad with another different test to our recent games.
Hopefully word can be spread, and a decent crowd can come down to Horsdon Park to see the new Elmore squad taking shape, and support their local community club.