Honiton Town FC v Elmore AFC
By Steven Rice
Eagles wings clipped at Mountbatten Park.
After a narrow battling win at home to Honiton earlier in the season, we knew this was going to be a tough match.
And it started in the worst possible way for us, as within 6 minutes of the game starting, we found ourselves 2-0 down, and only by a slow start that could have been easily altered had we been switched on from the whistle.
Two very simple goals, the second of which was hit well from outside the box, but again had very little pressure on the ball to stop the shot.
A bit of a kick up the ass, and we did respond, in fits and starts we managed to get our way back in the game.
We looked to try and move the ball sharper with better passing, but struggled on a good surface to keep possession of the ball at times, and causing our own problems when committing players forward and our hosts counter attacking well.
Chances came and went at both ends on a windy day, with both sides trying to take more control in the game.
23 minutes in and Jordan Ford did pull a goal back for us after several attempts to find the net, but with no more goals coming, half time brought a halt to proceedings with the score at 2-1 Honiton.
The second half did see a slightly better tempo from us, and ball retention and movement seemed to be sharper, as we now started to take more control of the game, and apply more pressure on a regular basis.
Honiton worked hard in defence, and blocked many a shot or cross, frustrating our attempts to pull the scores level.
With fewer attacks on our own goal, confidence started to grow again, and Jamie Mudge coming on as sub had two good chances to draw us level, only to see his shots blocked by the keeper.
Several more shots were well saved by the home keeper, and more being put just wide of the goal, but chances were being created.
On 65 minutes, a lovely crossed ball to the far edge of the box, found Mudge again to control well and fire home with his left foot from the edge of the box leaving the keeper with no chance.
2-2, and surely now with more pressure on our opponents goal, and less counter attacks coming we would press on to get the winner.
Sadly no, as Honiton kicked off, and literally attacked our end again, and another mix up in defence saw them with a relatively simple opportunity to score, which was duly taken within a minute of us scoring...
We pressed hard, but at times with little width to get good crosses into the box, and that found our attacks through the centre of the field regularly thwarted.
Unfortunately for us the game ended at 3-2 to our hosts. Fair play to them as they worked very hard to keep what they had and finish with the 3 points.
Another lesson for us to learn, maybe on how we approach, set ourselves up, and manage games, but we did still create many chances to score even in the disappointment of the way we played and the result.
This Wednesday we move on to play Alphington at home in the league, with a 7.30pm kick off.
Hopefully we can put things right again and take 3 points away from that game to keep our push for promotion on track.
If your at a loose end Wednesday evening, and want to watch some live local football, please come on down and give the lads a much needed boost with your support for the match...