Disappointed Meads Could Have Done Better
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Parkfield 1 Old Meadonians 1
It was a disappointed Old Meadonians’ caravan wended its weary way back to their riverside lair from ‘Kodak Country’, Headstone Lane Harrow feeling, in a variation of that perennial school report, that the team ‘could have done better’!
With hosts Parkfield just one point above them, this was a golden opportunity to take advantage of a virtual six pointer and an important one at that since Meads still languish just above the high water mark needing to make a move up the table.
To be honest, although well organised at the back, Parkfield had little to offer in the way of constructive football further forward, preferring the long ball into open space to get them out of trouble and Meads should know that they have to profit from this type of encounter.
After steady pressure for half an hour Meads’ scored a goal that had a welcome pattern to it. Jack Costello’s whipped corner was met by Andy Thompson’s ferocious header from ten yards and when the keeper blocked this Nick Jones was on hand to volley home.
Shortly after Ed Glover was put in on the left but his narrow angle shot was covered by the keeper but this was the sum total of goal efforts during the first period. Meads continued to press into the second half still without creating much in the way of chances and consequently paid the ultimate price for not putting distance between them and pursuit.
With twenty five minutes to go the ball was unnecessarily lost in midfield and with the defence in attacking mode and open to counter attack the ball was fed down the left and a deep cross was tucked in.
Meads’ only subsequent chance was another narrow angle shot from Colin Hawkins which although it beat the goalie was kicked off the line and they trudged off with the admonition ‘make (and take) your chances’ ringing in their ears.
December 2, 2009