The reserves kicked off their campaign with an away trip to Launceston FC, with hopes of a good early start to the season after strengthening the squad through the pre season. This could not have been further from the truth though, as the players turned in a woefully lacklustre first half performance of a side that looked like they expected to go out and roll over teams like last season. In the end we were lucky not to go in to half time more than 1 down, especially after some poor Launceston finishing saw their striker put the ball over the bar of an open goal from inside the box, although to be fair the pitch looked good it was very bumpy underneath and probably came to Tivertons rescue.
The 2nd half started better after a half time team talk saw the changing rooms walls expand with some harsh truths laid down fairly to every player involved. That seemed to wake us up, as we dominated the 2nd half, and after equalising through Luke Mortimer, looked to be the only side likely to go on and win…
But then a very eagle eyed official apparently saw our keeper with the ball in his hand still as he kicked a clearance towards the end of the game. The resulting free kick was blocked, but the opposition regained possession and we didn’t seem to regain any shape as a ball was crossed in and not dealt with properly, only to roll to a spare Launceston man on the edge of the box who smashed the ball goal wards and was deflected into the top of the net.
Tivvy had chances again in the last few minutes, but a mix of desperate defending, the woodwork and poor finishing saw Tivvy denied what should have been a deserved equaliser..
Hopefully we all take a kick up the ass from this result, as to how we should be approaching every game this season in a tough league. No more easy roll overs, but hard work and better movement will be needed in every game, so hopefully this is a lesson learnt, and we build on a good 2nd half performance.
Onwards and upwards to Cullompton on Tuesday night away, should be a good local derby to watch… COYYs