Tag: 3d XI

Match Report: Southgate Adelaide 3rd 0 – 1 Berkhamsted 5s (15 October 2016)

We all played well. There were lots of good attacking situations. We frequently penetrated the opponents circle. We had loads of shots on target. Ten short corners. We hit the post at least twice. There were two shots cleared off the line by defenders and one by on of our attackers. Several great saves by their keeper who played suberbly. There were hald a dozen chances in front of goal where all that was needed was to get the stick in the right position to touch the ball home.. Yet we did not score one goal. I must say I am rather lost for words.

Our defence again played a solid game. Keeper Vas Eliades was called into action a few times and made a great save in the first half but in general the opposition attacks were snuffed out before they became dangerous Billy Billimoria had a particularly good game making several good tackles in difficult positions. Wayne Burke again played strongly at centre back tackling and distributing the ball well.
The midfield started well and began moves generating numerous attacking situations. Brian Beisty again creating lots from right half, Ben Williams dominating the centre and Ashley D’Mello overlapping on the left. Andy Sterlini was always available up front, we were well on top and just needed to convert chances in to goals. Christian Simon was unlucky not to score after his shot looked destined for the back of the net. Mike Lord hit the post and prompted a goalmouth scramble from the rebound.

Yet nothing seemed to work and as the game progressed into the second half a bit of frustration crept in. We were well on top yet we changed tack to dribble more instead of passing more. We looked to hold the ball instead of moving it on quickly. Caught in possession or running into a solid wall of defenders we were more easily contained. We still created chances but they were not as many and not as good as they should have been.

Then we conceded a goal at our end, which the opposition deserved for their efforts. We finished very strongly but again were denied by the post and the final whistle.

So we lost 1-0 although we could have done much better we did more than enough to win by a fair margin. Hopefully lady luck will be back on our side next week.

Mike Lord

Match Report: West Herts 7th v Southgate Adelaide 3rd (24 September 2016)

A match played in glorious sunshine brought us a glorious win, a rather unfamiliar experience recently. 
The early phases were quite even but we had the better of it in attack.  Luke, playing only his second match, positioned himself well to receive through passes and though he did not score showed that he will develop into a real asset up front.  Christian played a solid right half and showed he has really improved his tackling and positioning skills confirmed by a quite remarkable interception of a rising shot at goal.
Our objective was to not lose by too much but this had to change when Mike intercepted a ball in left attack, went for a mazey dribble round half the defence then slipped the ball through to Ashley who calmly went through two defenders before slotting the ball home to give us the lead.  Ben played with his usual panache but with a big plus.  He dominated the midfield and topped a great overall performance with a superb goal flicked in from a penalty corner.
The defence played resolutely.  New signing Wayne was a colossus at centre back making lots of excellent tackles despite a nine year lay-off from the game.   Jan-Willem at left half never tired of tackling back and making things awkward for the opposition.  Berl and Billy at wing backs pushed themselves to the limit and gave nothing away.  It was really unfortunate that just before half time the opposition earned a 50/50 short corner that was converted to make the game more interesting.
After the break Andy had several opportunities to show off his goalkeeping skills with great success.  Barry as sweeper did what it says on the tin with minimal fuss.  There were half chances at both ends before Wayne had to leave the pitch with a pulled hamstring.  After that it was discipline time while the clock wound down to the end of the game which we managed with just one scare.
So that leaves us in third place in the 9th division.  It sounds good even if we have only played one game!