ROBIN HOOD ATHLETIC 2 SHERBURN WHITE ROSE 4
By Matt Wright
Saturday we welcomed Sherburn White Rose to the Coach Ground as we looked to back up the excellent performance against Leeds City last week.
A couple of changes to the squad today as John Tunney and Matthew Gould dropped out of the squad with injury replaced by the returning Mark Ryan and Joe Ritson who returned after short breaks along with Josh Corbett.
We started the game brightly an kept the ball well for the opening 2 minutes almost carving out an opportunity for Phil Mitchell through the vision of Josh Corbett. That same intensity from the opening 2 minutes again found just before the 5 minute mark, we broke in numbers and a loose pass from the visiting keeper was intercepted by Dale Pickering who fed James Finlayson who had his shot saved, only to be smashed home by Paul Mitchell. 1-0 GREAT START!!
For the next 15 minutes we really dictated the play and forced the tempo, we held control of the ball and moved it well. From 20 minutes onwards we really dropped off possibly thinking the result was now a formality, Sherburns direct approach was not dealt with in the same manner. We were slow to the second ball that was giving Sherburn the opportunity to gain possession in promising areas. A long ball that was dealt with well by Browny was picked up and a diagonal ball found the dangerous Danny Middleton who slotted home to make It 1-1, a real poor goal to concede. Almost immediately we conceded again with a simple ball down the middle not dealt with and again Danny Middleton found the goal. 2-1. After dominating the ball the correct way we really let ourselves down by dropping the intensity off the ball. We had some great opportunities as the half played out but the final ball wasn’t quite right and the frustration really began to show.
Half time we addressed some weaknesses in our game, giving a clear indication to the players where we needed to improve that few % to retain control in the game changing areas.
We started the 2nd half brightly as we forced the play, we forced the Sherburn team to defend deep and this allowed our game winners the space to create chances. It wasn’t long before we found the equaliser and in truth after the start we made to the second half it was what we deserved. A good move down the left found Jamie Lister in lots of space and he was driving at the Sherburn defence who backed off allowing Ligger to curl home into the bottom corner, a great finish and that gave us the edge to push for the win. In the next 10 minutes we created a few good chances as Josh Corbett, Jamie Lister and Chris Coupe were really running the game with their sharpness. Mark Ryan came on for Dec Parker to give us some fresh energy in the middle of the park, and luka made an instant impact with some great challenges putting us on the front foot as we dropped on the second ball. The chance of the half dropped to James Finlayson, who 12 yards out could only drag wide. An opportunity Jinky would usually slot home with his ability and it proved to be a game changer. The visiting keeper cemented that change in luck when he tipped a goal bound effort over from a tremendous strike. On the 75 minute mark a sloppy pass was picked up by the Sherburn player who was 1v1 with Browny and he curled the ball home. 3-2 against the run of play on chances, but a total show of brutal finishing we had lacked. We introduced Danny Bridges to find us a goal in the final 20 minutes but despite his efforts and some last gasp tackling we were unable to find an equaliser. The was time for some questionable decisions to really compound our poor day as a cross was deflected out for a corner signalled by the linesman who was the closest official only for the referee to overrule from what was a blind spot adjudging Browny had handled it. Although it didn’t change the outcome it did sum up the day as the penalty was fired home.
A day to forget, and a result that really cancels out the good work from the previous week. We lacked that bite today and at times just went through the motions. Sherburn deserved the victory and were very clinical in finishing their chances much to their credit.
We must perform at the same level every week if we are going to win games, today we were short of that and the result showed it despite having some good periods of possession. My thoughts after the game are that of disappointment because we have the ability to beat the best, we just don’t have that consistency to be the best despite the ability the squad has.
MOM – Jamie Lister, Class above today and ran away with the votes from his peers.
Next Hood make the short journey to Hunslet, in what will be a real dog fight.
Thanks for the continuing support from a growing crowd.