Bad day at the office for the Spartans

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Bad day at the office for the Spartans

Posted by admin on December 5, 2012

Perhaps Halloween came a month late for the boys as the Spartans treated the spectators to a horror show on Saturday with a heavy defeat away at Dinnington.

Perhaps many players had hoped the game would be off as the forecast was for ice and snow, but in the event it was a crisp winter morning, but much warmer than forecast. However, for some reason right from the off the Spartans were completely off the pace and playing a different game to recent weeks. Where the passing game had previously been improving, they reverted to tring to beat the whole team. Players playing on the wrong side of the field or trying to take the ball off their team mates.

Game one was probably all over in the first ten minutes. Dinnington came to play and were ready from the first kick-off, applying pressure and passing and moving around, calling for the ball and using their strength to make sure they got it. Spartans didn't. An early goal after a scramble in the area made the task harder, which was followed by a similar goal after the Spartans backed off at a corner. By the time half time arrived it was 3-0 and the Spartans had hardly worried the Dinnington goalie. 

The second half began better with the boys trying to implement what Mark and Chris had said at half-time, however, as the half wore on, things began to slip again. However, more chances were created - Jack Bailey hitting the post from an overhead kick following a well worked corner, and Pav hitting the bar from a great snap shot. But it was William that eventualy bundled the ball into the Dinnington net after a typical goal mouth scramble that summed the day up. 3-1. This should have prompted the guys to push on, however, a mix up at the back between defenders and goalie allowed Dinnington to add another. End of game 4-1.

Game two started much better. A great passing move right across the pitch finishing with a shot showed what could have been. This followed by some early pressure gave the Spartans some hope, but their Achilles heel (not being able to score goals) came back to haunt them as Dinnington got things together and knocked in another. From then on things went downhill. Loads of pressure from Dinnington and the Spartans sitting deeper and deeper. Morgan had to come off after a very brave tackle, but somehow managed to give away a free kick on a clear 50-50 that resulted in another Dinnington goal. Things fell apart somewhat then, not helped by probably 10 mins of the most erratic refereeing we've seen all season.

At the end the final whistle could not come soon enough - time to regroup in training and get back to basics for another tricky away game at Whiston Wildcats on Sunday.

Final score - 8-1

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