We travelled to Tavistock knowing this would be a very tough task. Especially after their success against the 1sts in pre season, not that pre season is always a good judge..
This was however a tough task, but we started very brightly, and after only 40 secs of the game starting, some fine movement and passing saw us take the lead through Lloyd Copp. The hosts did continuously press when aloud, but we were very resolute in defence and played some fine football when in possession. We did concede before half time, but going in to half time at 1-1 was a fair reflection on both teams desire to play the game the right way.
Unfortunately the 2nd half saw us start to play more direct for no apparent reason, especially after playing so much football in the 1st half. The problem with this was as we played longer balls and generally gave away possession too easily, that then put us on the back foot with some very fast counter attacking football. Whether it was the build up of early pressure, or just a lack of experience to keep the ball under pressure, we gifted 2 fairly quick goals which obviously knocked the confidence. After several requests from the touch line to get back to playing football, we did start playing again, and start to push our hosts back once ,ore with some fine interchanges and movement off the ball. This soon led to Lloyd Copp being brought down in the box, and Ethan Phillips finely slotting home the resulting penalty to reduce it to 3-2.
We were back in the game and playing well, until once again defending as a unit went out of the window and gaps appeared for us to put pressure back on oiurselves, and once again gave away a soft goal.
From then on it was more about chasing the game, which left us more open and with such fast counter attacking we soon found ourselves going further behind.
Positives, the first half again was excellent against a very attacking team, with some very fine players as we matched each other in a very entertaining half.
Negatives, too much long ball trying to hit channels that weren’t being covered by anyone but defenders and giving the ball away too easily. This quickly put us on the back foot and chasing the game. We need to learn to retain possession against teams in this league, recover to defensive shape better when losing the ball, work as a team and not individuals when under pressure, and not commit to trying to win balls in the wrong positions and stand to force attackers back or sideways.
There are good signs of improvement, but we need to learn faster before we find ourselves getting adrift from the middle half of the league. Still early doors, but with so much talent in the squad we can hopefully get a settled squad soon and start to pick up points.
We move on to Camelford away Saturday, again with a few players away and carrying injuries, but nobody said it was going to be easy… We keep learning and keep playing football… COYY’s.