Godolphin Atlantic away.
After virtually a 3 week break from any games, we had a trek down south to Godolphin Atlantic FC.
With a relatively full squad, we knew a little rustiness might have set in, but we hadn’t banked on Jake Wannell arriving with travel sickness and having to drop out of the game before a ball was kicked.
We started the game playing up the hill on a bumpy pitch, and got what we expected from the hosts straight away. Long balls were rained forward whenever possible, which didn’t cause too many problems for us and were dealt with relatively well. A rather dour start to the game without many clear cut chances falling to either team, and our inability to seem to be able to find our passing range with any sort of quality helped the hosts gain some confidence. It wasn’t long before another long ball sent down the middle and helped on by a stiff breeze, seemed to be covered by Mikey Williams and keeper John Wannell, unfortunately neither took responsibility as the ball bounced into the box and was gather by a Godolphin striker who turned to leave Wannell stranded and fire past a retreating Williams. 1-0.
The 2nd came from a corner shortly after, when the ball seemed to be missed by a defender and hit a rooted Alex Gray who had no time to react, and the shot off his knee into the net. 2-0.
Things went from bad to worse just after the half hour, as Tom Trickers frustration to some close attention of an opposing player saw him react and lose his head, aswell as losing his right to finish the game, with a red card and his marching orders.
Not too much more action to half time, and a chance to regroup. 2-0..
Some reshaping at half time, and some harsh words from the management were only to be expected, but we knew with the quality we have in the squad, the game was still there.
The second half started far more brightly, and half time seemed to have woken us up, with a far higher tempo to our game, and the pressing and closing down far sharper than the first half. With the shape changed to 1-3-3-3, we didn’t look to be a player short, and with some crisp passing and movement pressure was applied to the home team straight away, and chances started to come.
It wasn’t long before another attack saw Mikey Williams react quickly to put their keeper under pressure from a ricochet, and as it landed and span in front of the keeper who fumbled, Williams was the fox in the box to turn it home.
With tails up we continued to press and the game ebbed and flowed with Godolphin counter attacking as we pressed for more goals, but the hosts couldn’t break us down enough to create a clear scoring opportunity. As our pressure grew on the home side it was before lloyd Copp pulled us level with time still on our side to produce more.
And it wasn’t long again before lloyd Copp came forward to score again and make it 2-3 to the yellows. More chances were created but unfortunately not taken. Lloyd Copp also coming close with a header which went just wide of the front post, and denied him his hat trick.
Final whistle, and another entertaining game from a Tivvy side that extend their unbeaten run, and look forward to another trip in the same direction this weekend with a trip to Newquay FC.
A good entertaining game of football, with both sides playing their parts. COYYs….