ANOTHER DRAW BUT THIS TIME WITH SOME GOALS
ANYONE KNOW THE NEW IFAB RED CARD RULE ?
Our first home game of the season at our new home , Melbourne Park Pitch 9 , and we were very disappointed to discover that the Council had failed to cut the grass resulting in some areas of the pitch being above ankle level . Not does this stop us from playing the short sharp passing game we've been working hard on in training but its also embarrassing inviting other teams here. This will be dealt with by the next home game.
Today we welcome Latchingdon who bring with themselves a good reputation for playing football the right way.
The game kicked off with Latchingdon in the ascedancy keeping possession well and showing their experience but with Colts were once again well organised and hard working which kept the game flowing back and forth. With several players yet again unavailable it was already apparent that the management would have some decisions to make off the field in the coming week with regard to dropping the dead wood and bringing in reliable and committed replacements.
Latchingdon continued to work the ball well and were starting to carve out half chances , the Colts midfield weren't getting back in numbers to offer cover to the make shift defence which wasn't helping the cause. Inevitably Latchingdon opened the scoring from a corner kick which initially wasn't cleared only to land at an opponents feet who took his chance well , we could have helped our cause by closing him down but we'll put it down to experience this time.
Heads could have dropped as initially the enquiries on the pitch looked to be distracting the players but to their credit they soon adjusted back and within five minutes worked a very good equaliser thanks to some lovely passing and moving then a sharp finish.
The players came in 1-1 at half time with a difficult half under their belts but also the knowledge that the game was in their hands still.
The team talk was mostly again about moving the ball quickly and working as a unit rather than individually.
Second half and the Colts were starting to get on top. A tactical switch meant they were now dominating the midfield and starting to create lots of chances and as the pressure started to tell the Colts took the lead with another well worked move and sublime finish.
Minutes later and the Colts opened up a gap with their fast attacking pulling the Latchingdon defence all over the place resulting in a simple tap in .
Latchingdon rallied and whilst under pressure they were counter attacking very well , as a result of this and some rash defending resulting in a penalty kick , no complaints if we cant time our tackles we cant hope to win the ball . 3-2 and game on.
At this point the first controversial decision of the season , The Colts forward rounded the keeper only to be brought down with no attempt being made to claim the ball , the ref made an instant red card decision which caused uproar from Latchingdon who claimed new rule changes meant the keeper should only have received a yellow . I cant comment as my knowledge of this new rule is cloudy , but the resulting penalty kick came a full five minutes after the incident . The Colts were also strangely instructed to change their linesman in what was now becoming farcical.
The resulting penalty was missed , not entirely unexpected considering the song and dance we all had to go through , perhaps a lesson learnt for the official who perhaps could have been stronger and as such commanded more respect from the players.
Going into the last ten minutes the Colts pressed for another goal producing some amazing saves from the stand in Latchingdon keeper . With seconds to spare Latchingdon launched the ball forward and the Colts failed to compete for the second ball resulting in a very nice slide rule finish to bring the game to a 3-3 conclusion .
Once again , lessons learnt . I feel we were the stronger side but conceeded preventable goals. Thanks to Latchingdon who came to play football and made the game an enjoyable experience .
Next up we travel to unbeaten Bridge Street Hearts in Witham .