On a very cold evening mixed with snow and rain the players started very brightly, confident in possession and playing to the style we have worked on this week, Stalybridge were attempting to play counter attack football but with no real input into the game as we controlled possession for large parts of the opening 20 mins.Our first goal came from some very good individual play,
tyler Welch found himself in good space on the right side of the opposition box with a view at goal, a touch inside followed a great strike left footed into the bottom near corner to give us a worthy 1-0 lead. this in turn gave the team confidence and pressure mounted on the Stalybridge goal. A few half chances came and went from our front three before our second goal came, again some individual brilliance got us into a 2-0 lead and looking to finish the game off before half time. Tyler Welch again cut inside a hit a volley from the left which nestled into the top far right corner of the goal, giving the keeper no chance. At this point Stalybridge were there for the taking. But as is becoming a constant theme in Riasa A’s play we gifted Stalybridge a lifeline back into the game, with first a short pass and mix up for the first goal and then a straight ball was not dealt with giving their striker the opportunity to equal the score line. A learning curve for all involved, and this is what i’m disappointed with- we went easily 2-0 up and stopped playing, the individuality all over the pitch came to the fore again, thus making it difficult to secure the game as a result. once we find joy we should continue to do the things that got us in the situation in the first place. we began to do things on our own thinking the game was too easy.
Once we regrouped during the interval we begun brightly again, forcing possession at times but gained control of the game.
Another great chance for Welch nearly secured his hat trick, narrowly missing the far post.
We displayed much better shape and discipline.
Stalybridge never really threatened our goal.
The game finished with us picking up a point but honestly losing the three.
We will improve on our costly errors and these will in turn give us far more positive results. The game as a whole was marred by a serious injury to Swatej Vankudre, thankfully after a hospital checkup, he’s ok. A few weeks of recovery and then back into training.
Next Fixture : RIASA A V Bradford RIASA Tuesday 28th November K. Off 10am