Tue 11th Feb 2020
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
North Greenford United 2-1 TAFC First team
TAFC goals: Prince Nimoh
First of all my congratulations to all those at NGU for all their hard work in getting the pitch ready, although it was marginal with large sanded areas especially on the edge of the penalty area at the Clubhouse end. As ever the hospitality was up to the usual high standard at this Club.
We kicked off we the same starting X1 as in the win last
Saturday. It became obvious fairly quickly that maybe the euphoria of Saturday and an awkward journey to today's game had taken something out of a couple of players.
In midfield we did not move the ball quickly enough and the odd missed tackle and unfortunate ricochet meant we lacked some fluidity.
Having said that we were the better side making good headway out wide on both wings and the delivery at set pieces created problems.
On 25 mins Harrison Cornick was unfortunate with a side foot volley on the far post after a cross following a cleared corner. On 30 mins we took what was I suggest a deserved lead with a near post finish from a Will Foley corner,
We then a break of 3 on 1 but unfortunately Jack Sunderland having beaten the keeper saw his shot hit the post and go wide. On more than one occasion a poor last pass when in a good position brought promising attacks to an end.
To be fair NGU had a decent share of possession especially early on when they consistently found their tricky left winger who delivered several crosses but as a unit we defended well and half time arrived with David Saunders and their custodian not really have made a save.
Our opponents certainly picked the pace up in the second half but had posed little danger till we again lost a ball in midfield which resulted in a corner ,this in turn was miskicked on the near post and the looped clearance was converted on the far post.
NGU then got on top for 10 mins spraying the ball out wide but despite having us on the back foot there were few moments to cause concern.
We slowly worked our way back into the by introducing substitutes inc Connor Blake who was neat and tidy in midfield and Joe Naylor who gave extra ,momentum out wide.
The 2 relatively easy chances that we made were spurned and in the 92 min then winner came when the excellent Kev McManus made his only mistake by slipping over .
A defeat that should have been at least a draw is hard to take but as was pointed ,in truth we had 4 good,good chances and missed them all while our opponents scored with their only worthwhile strike on goal.
We kept trying to play tidy football when maybe a plan B when we turn defenders should be used. Hopefully as a unit we can learn from this on and off the pitch.
D.Saunders. M.Habashi, K.Mcmanus,H.Cornick,J.Cowan
W.Salmon,W.Foley ( J.Naylor) O.Butler ( C.Blake)
P.Nimoh ,C.Asante , J.Sunderland ( F.Hercules)