The Winter Blues
Aka William WordsworthWith holiday booked I have little time, So this weeks match report is a shortened rhyme. We arrived at the ground with The Gaffer pondering his team, World cup music blaring, reminding us of the England dream. With injuries, withdrawals and late arrivals due, The plan of attack was a 3 – 5 – 2. Hmm … the first few minutes were not our best, Our passes were straying and Ashburton pressed. Unfortunately two errors in the box made us pay, So 2-0 down and 75 minutes to play! A change of tactic, we went to a back four, Allowed us to settle and the Ashburton defence to explore. Whilst they tightened their defence and attacked on the break, It was Gary’s long passes and Martin’s long shots that so nearly did penetrate. With the half time team talk reminding us to ‘settle on the ball’, We started a dominant spell against a strong Ashburton wall. With slick passing to feet their tight zone we got inside, Only to find Paul’s shooting on this occasion a little wide. As time passed, the Gaffer tried everything he could, Strong in the air, Ashburton resolutely stood. As more players pushed forward, our risks took their toll, With Rick saving brilliantly, two ‘one on one’ attacks at our goal. An Ashburton cruelly deflected shot made it 3-0 and killed off the game, Resulting in the last 15 minutes unfortunately a little lame. In summary, for City good effort shown by all, But in hindsight costly errors took place on the ball. The best bit for me was that the Legends values shone through, Respect at the end of the game for our opponents and no incriminations – so proud of you men in blue!! The Muppet moment once again goes to the ref, Whose ‘discussion’ on offside, and inconsistent whistle blowing was simply bereft. And finally the hard one, who earns the right of the BMW acclaim? This time it’s the Voltaren Gaffer, whose on and off the field decisions tried so desperately to win us the game.