Yesterday’s game at Torpoint was most definitely a game of two halves.
With another long trek on a hot day, there were concerns of how we would start, and would we get what we needed from another changed side to get us into the game quickly...
We started well, tempo was relatively high for such a hot day, and both sides probed where possible to try and create the first change to open the scoring.
Elmore definitely had the better of the opening forays into opposition territory, and created several opportunities causing the home defence problems from the whistle.
Unfortunately on 19 minutes, a mix up at the back for Elmore saw Daniel Tapp trying to shield a ball back to keeper Wannell, unfortunately Torpoint’s striker wasn’t going to let him settle and he nipped around Tapp to get to the ball, only for Tapp to kick the player before the ball in an attempt to clear, penalty given, penalty tucked away quite convincingly, 1-0 Torpoint..
This didn’t deter Elmore, we went straight back on the front foot, and virtually from the kick off, we moved the ball forward quickly and Ashton Hewitt picked it up just outside the opposition boxed, cleared his feet quickly, and struck a superbly driven left footed shot which curled into the far corner leaving the home keeper no chance, 1-1 and back in the game.
The game ebbed and flowed with Torpoint trying to get a foothold and create chances but couldn’t really penetrate as we looked fairly solid in shape through the midfield and defensive unit.
Going forwards Elmore always seemed to have the edge, just not quite finding the killer pass to complement some of the good football we were playing.
Then on 37 minutes, Jordan Charran found himself making a good run and finding space inside Torpoint’s box, and superbly firing home passed a stranded keeper. 2-1 up and controlling the game.
The minutes ticked by and half time came, chance to cool down in the shade and reflect on what has probably been our best performance to date, and to keep the momentum going into the 2nd half...
The half started, unfortunately we didn’t follow. 2 minutes in and we conceded a corner, which, with a well delivered ball into the box, saw a Torpoint attacker find himself unchallenged for the ball as Elmore markers watched on, and could only watch on as the ball was firmly headed home under no pressure... 2-2 and time to regroup...
This, unfortunately never happened, as 2 minutes later an almost identical goal was scored, as Torpoint gained another corner, this time with a sharp run front post, another unchallenged header was turned home and we found ourselves back behind through poor defensive work again.
We never seemed to recover from this, and we became very scrappy and unable to control very much let alone ball retention.
Torpoint now with their tails up applied the pressure, again not creating anything clear cut, but when we did regain possession we seemed wasteful and too eager to hit long balls and force passes into bad areas, putting ourselves under more pressure.
We were trying our hardest to change things on the pitch, but it seemed the two quick goals directly after half time had knocked the stuffing out of us, and we didn’t seem to be able to find a foothold in the game enough to create more chances to draw back level.
Then around the 60 minute mark lloyd Beech let his frustration with the referee show, as a handball by a Torpoint striker went unpunished, and the resulting frustrations led to a yellow card sin bin for a 10 minute break.
Torpoint then punished us again during the sin bin period, making the extra man count and attacking at pace saw us opened up and on 76 minutes the final nail in the coffin came as the hosts scored to make it 4-2 and probably giving us no way back.
We did seem to wake up again for a brief spell towards the end of the game, but by then the damage had been done and there simply wasn’t enough time to change the game.
A game which went from ecstasy from leading 2-1 at half time having put in such a good display, to a second half that saw two quick goals rock us onto our heels and not seem to have the ability to drag ourselves back into the game.
Well done to Torpoint for the win, many thanks for your hospitality, and we move on to what will be a massive game on Wednesday evening against one of the league favourites Bovey Tracey, who have been enjoying a very lucrative start to the season.
7.30pm kick off at Horsdon Park if you would like to come and watch some local football.