On Tuesday 17th October, we hosted the second league match of the season - against Brockswood school. Having added to our squad, the pressure was on to keep up our 100% record. We had never played Brockswood before, so had no idea what to expect from them.
The match kicked off and almost instantly, one of our players was fouled outside the box. Rather incredibly, the resulting free kick was cleared with a blatant double forearm block. Lui stepped up and clinically smashed home the resulting penalty. (Handy that we had been practising penalties while we waited for the other team to arrive.)
To say that it was an odd start to the match was a massive understatement. The pattern of the match soon became set. We had most of the possession and Brockswood were constantly on the back foot, defending for their lives.
Goals went in on a fairly constant basis and were quite similar in execution: balls crossed along the ground into the penalty box and were tapped in from close range. Josh scored our second and Lui popped up to grab his second and the team's third.
The problem was that our players developed a herding instinct and our formation went from 2-3-1 to an undefined blob of players close to wherever the ball was. Half time gave me the chance to remind the wingers to play on the wing, which would give ourselves more space. In theory, this would then allow us the room in which to play some proper football.
The second half was considerably better. Our football was much more clinical and far nicer to watch. Moves developed from the back and allowed us to work the space in our favour.
Goals from new our additions, Frank and Harvey, meant that every outfield player has scored for our team. And at some point during the match, Lui bagged his hat-trick which was very well-deserved.
The match finished 8-0 and should give us even more confidence moving onwards.
(I promised the boys that I wouldn't mention that time when a literal open goal was missed. So I definitely won't be mentioning that incredible miss in this report. Not a word.)