ROBIN HOOD ATHLETIC 0 FIELD AFC 2
By Matt Wright
A day again hampered by lack of availability, but nevertheless we produced a strong 11 with James Finlayson returning after illness along with Mark Ryan from his holiday to the bench. The aim of the day was to build on what we can clearly say has been a bright start to the season that could have seen us 3rd in the league if it hadn’t have been for late goals. Them aside we have really been bright and lively and playing a positive brand of football.
The game started and in all honesty without going around the houses, we were poor. 12 minutes in we were 2 goals down against a team that really didn’t have to work too hard for the goals, the first was a 25 yard screamer that was unstoppable but no pressure
was placed on the ball and no pressure in the build-up. The second was a goal coming from the right hand side that appeared to fall to the fwd who slid the ball home. Like Hall Green we were down early, but unlike Hall Green the Field team are very good and we wouldn’t be able to dominate in the same way. Up until the half hour mark we were very lazy out of possession and remarkably in possession, nobody was showing for the ball and the easy thing to do was to pump it long which just gave the ball back. From 30 minutes we began to show some urgency and started getting on the ball and playing a little, in all honesty the quality of recent weeks was not quite there as we gave away simple balls but at least we were showing a little bit now and looked to be braver. Field continued to create half chances but nothing clear cut, and we had a free kick that was comfortably saved by the field goalkeeper.
HT came and it was hard to be negative really because the lads had really given it everything to drag themselves back into it after the half hour mark. We must learn that any sort of laziness or unwillingness in this league results in chasing games though.
The second half started and Josh Corbett who was looking to play at every opportunity was with Matthew Gould 10 yards further up the field, meaning we actually had sustained possession in the field half that put them under a lot of pressure. A Josh Corbett free kick found Joe Ritson at the back post who squared it superbly for Chris Coupe who’s effort was saved well. This started a period of 7 Corner kicks one after the other, all of which were scrambled away due to the Hood lads really putting themselves on the line to score. We were showing the fighting spirit that was needed to really get us to start effecting the game. James Finlayson came on early in the second half for Hancock who had taken a knock, and instantly looked dangerous creating a fine opportunity to force another Corner. At 2-0 we made the decision to push Lewis Richardson further forward and partner Jinky with Mark Ryan making his return in defence. Big lew thought he had scored when from range he slotted home only for it to be ruled out as the ball was alleged to have gone out play for a throw. Big Lew again was played through 1v1 and narrowly missed the target but credit to lew he looked a real handful up there. Late in the game Temps miss timed a tackle and gave away a penalty that was slotted home well. 3-0 and the game fizzled out at that.
A tough one to take as we were nowhere near where we have been, on reflection Field deserved that as they started quicker than us. After the first 15 and especially 30 minutes there was very little in the game, and only a lack of quality on the ball in terms of people making selfless runs restricted us from creating and converting chances. Once we learn to focus and concentrate for the entire 90 we can be that team I know we are.
To move forward we must believe in the potential we hold and the ability we have shown. That signs us off from the busy Saturday, Wednesday schedule so now we can get our rest and some minutes on the training field.
Next up for Robin Hood is a home fixture against Knaresborough Town Reserves. Kick off