Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th May
Town produced their worst performance of the season to scrape a point against second from bottom Liverton. The ill disciplined South Devon side could of been worthy winners had they not been more interested in abusing the referee. Things started well for the hosts when from Darren Thomas’ corner the ball fell to Ben Farringdon and his shot smashed against the bar, rebounded off the keeper and trickled over the line. From that point onwards Town stopped playing in a first half that saw the visitors play possession football with little penetration. All to often the ball was given away cheaply by Town as a collective acceptance spread through even the most consistent members of the team. Changes were made at the interval and slight improvements were seen as Jake Boyland was proving a real handfull for the visitors. In fact it was Boyland who missed the best chance when one on one twelve yards out. At the opposite end Town didn’t look comfortable in defence and you could sense a goal being conceded.
On the hour mark a long ball disected the Vikings defence and as Alex Bowring advanced out of his area Alex Raistricks attempted clearance ended up in his own goal. Town had further chances Tony Cox and Riki Pitter chose the wrong option when well placed. Ben Farrington’s quality deserted him on several occasions when in good positions. As it turned out it was the visitors who came closest hitting the post late on. The Vikings have underperformed this season and everyone concerned on the football side players, coaches and managers need to have a good think about the future.
Paddy comments: Frankly I feel let down. The pitch is superb, the players were asked to play football, pass and move, create space and play with intelligence.Today I must of been taking Liverton’s team talk! There have been too many occasions when we will not listen, don’t learn and can’t seem to get rid of the bad habits that have blighted our season. Off the field the club has many good people doing outstanding work to provide a platform so the players can go out and express themselves. The players have not been good enough and along with the management need to give deep thought as to how things can be improved.
Our final home game is on Tuesday 13th May in the Semi Final of the Axminster Hospital Cup v Axminster Town ko 6.30