Ulverstone 0-3 Knights
Knights scored early after a mistake at the back by Ulverstone. Adrian Foote attempted to pass the ball back to Will Cox-Haines in goal but only managed to hit it into a nearby Ulverstone defender. The ball bounced into the path of a Knights striker, who drove home well from a 45 degree angle. (I was too busy worrying about my lot to notice who scored for Knights on all 3 goals. Please give scorers if you know). The second goal came about 35 minutes into the half when Ben Hutchinson failed to clear a ball he probably should have. In a crowded goal box, a Prospect player pounced on the opportunity to make it 2-0. It stayed this way until half time.
The second half looked to start badly for Ulverstone when Dallas Baldock fouled a player in the corner of the box after another defensive mix up. The hobbling Ben Croswell stepped up to take the penalty, however he missed the target to the right. Ulverstone gained confidence from there and started to really worry the Knights. Unfortunately for Ulverstone, Prospect put the game beyond doubt with about 5 to go. It appeared to be a well taken goal and the Knights player claimed it was intentional, but I suspect it was a timely miskick.
I guess there was a touch of karma in this outcome. We probably didn’t deserve a point the first time we played but we at least deserved one today. The Knights 3rd goal came about due to us having only 2 remaining defenders, with all our numbers searching for a goal pushing forward. Their first two goals were only due to our mistakes and their strikers’ ability to pounce on those types of chances. Our defence did a good job of negating attacks. Tom Maine didn’t allow Sessay to get in behind our defence and Conor Meaney did a good job containing Ben Croswell. Our strikers, Josh Laing and Kyle Baldock, played well but we are just lacking a striker who consistently scores goals. Across the field, it was a much improved performance from our Burnie game and we showed plenty of fighting spirit.
The first half was fairly even but I think we had the better of the second half. Having said that I think the Knights were really good defensively and we only managed less than a handful of decent chances even though we were putting a lot of pressure on. The good chances we did have were expertly blocked by the experienced Beardwood in goals. The Knights did carry Croswell for most of the game and I would think that he carried an injury into the game rather than getting injured during the game. In the end, they won because they defended well and took their opportunities when they fell. We made mistakes in defence that were crucial, they didn’t.