ROBIN HOOD ATHLETIC 3 FIELD AFC 2
By Matt Wright
Saturday at the coach ground, League cup 2nd round day was against perennial West Yorkshire League heavyweights Field AFC.
Field had actually done a job on us in the league and blew us away in the first 10 minutes, where they scored 2 goals to give us no chance in a 3-0 defeat.
Today we were happy with a return of 14 fit players, meaning decisions to be made with regards to the starting 11. Only 2 changes though as Danny Bridges came in for Paul Mitchell as we went with a slightly more attacking line up. Spencer’s good form with the ressies saw him in for the injured Chris brown.
The switch worked, the lads listened to the information given but more Importantly they put the guidance into practice. 35 minutes of pure attacking football, up there with the best we have played in my time. 3 goals of the highest standard all by Danny Bridges who was at the receiving end of some great Team build up. Today nothing was a lost cause, our first goal was a result of dale working hard giving nothing to the defender. A bit of bravery from Danny Bridges from a Jamie Lister ball forward resulting in Bridges volleying home from 25 yards. 1-0 The 2nd came from the left again, a good move through the midfield 3 and great movement from the front 2 meant a through ball from dale was latched onto from bridges who guided it home 1v1. 2-0
The 3rd was a superb team move as we moved the ball quickly and James Finlayson produced one of the best assists I’ve seen, again Bridges the benefactor as he lifted it home 1v1. 3-0.
Whilst we are in this mood the very best would struggle to contain us. More chances followed which narrowly missed the target, shots turned down for a pass too many but the best opportunity came for Matthew Gould who could only lift it over the bar 1v1 after another top move.
The back 3 were defending tremendously, but the only time we switched off was when we let a ball bounce in the box, we recovered well but we gave away possession on the edge of the box. The field skipper did what he did at their place and fired home into the top corner. 3-1 HT
The changing room at HT was a very positive place to be. Was a case of more of the same but understanding the individual role you have and how it effects the team in a positive way.
Field swapped the formation to match us up which is a great compliment to the players. With this they became a little bit more direct in their Play. Spencer Lewis and Harold were having a great game at the back for us, commanding but defending well.
Danny Bridges was sent through again from a fantastic Jamie Lister ball through, surly a goal was coming… but no, he slipped just as he was about to slide it home and the ball almost went for a throw.
That would have been the game done and dusted but no, as happens in football they went up the other end and scored from a corner when we had 3 attempts to clear. 3-2.
We made changes as the return Chris Coupe replaced the tired Danny Bridges and Bulby replacing the impressive again Corey Eaton. 2 experienced heads who were unfortunate not to be starting today.
The score line was closer than the game suggests and to fields credit they were forcing the us to defend hard at times.
Jamie Lister has the opportunity to finish proceedings but he missed the target when it was easier to score.
Declan was then replaced by David Ledger who made his first Team debut to add some fresh legs up front.
At this point we were dropping deeper and deeper, the midfield had become non existent to an extent as they found space. To our credit we held on and also missed another great chance 1v1 through young Ledger, but he slashed it over from the penalty spot.
The game finished 3-2, the score line was much closer than the actual game played out but nevertheless we are through to the next round. The whole team from front to back were top draw, especially in the opening 35 minutes as we were unplayable. Spencer made his season debut and performed like he had been in there since August, Jinkys movement was unplayable as he released the ball early allowing bridges and Ligger to take advantage of the space. But more than anything the work rate was unbelievable, a great win and the goals scored really reflected that.
We must back this up next week as the league takes priority now with Hood facing Pool on Saturday at 2pm at the Coach Ground.