Match Report - Prospect v Ulverstone
There weren’t many highlights from this game to talk about really. An uneventful first half resulted in a nil all stalemate at the half. There were a few nervous moments in front of the Ulverstone goal and Conor Meaney attempted a pass instead of shooting when he was 1 on 1 with the keeper. Both sides had a few long range efforts but on these occasions ambition outweighed ability.
In the second half the Knights started to press forward and push for a goal. Our defence were under immense pressure for long periods and finally succumbed with about 10 minutes to go with an easily taken goal by Ben Croswell. Prospect took their foot of the pedal after the goal, mainly due to fatigue I would guess as they put an enormous amount of effort in to scoring that goal. They had been up and pressing hard for 35 minutes so it was probably time to relax a bit physically, sit a few behind the ball and hold on for a 1-0 win. The goal we scored was probably due to a lapse in concentration from a set piece and somehow the ball went in after numerous players competed in the air on the edge of the six yard box with only 2 minutes to go.
After reflecting on the game for a day, I appreciate more what we got out of it. Our oldest player for the last 2 weeks has been Dallas Baldock at the ripe old age of 22. I am a lucky coach in that I have 11 players every week who battle their guts out even when things aren’t going right, and that can be forgotten in the emotion of the day. The Knights have a full team of experienced, Premier League hardened players whereas we have only 4. The rest are talented young players who aren’t scared to have a crack. I shouldn’t overlook the fact that we held a quality side to only one goal and that is a real credit to our team. We had Iain Roberts-Thompson make an excellent debut. We had Josh Laing play his second game and do an excellent job also. We had Callum Foote play in defence for the first time ever I think and he took Sessay out of the game. We didn’t have a single minute of senior experience on the bench yet we managed a draw. In hindsight the day went OK.