Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th November 2018
Another disappointing afternoon for the Manstone faithful and with six of the usual squad missing for various reasons Town found themselves trailing at the break 1 – 0, Rob Knight headed Town level early in the second half and it seemed that a comeback was on the cards, unfortunately the Alphas were to take all three points, scoring the winner midway through the second half.
After the game Kev Tooze said: “It does not matter what level of the game you play at, but if you take to the pitch without six of your matchday squad you know you are in for a tough time.”
He continued: “Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the lads who stepped in did not give it their best shot for they certainly did just that. However, consistency of selection goes a long way to ensuring consistency of performance and if you have to make wholesale changes, as we did against Alphington, it does cause headaches.”
Despite the half-time deficit, there were no stormy words in the dressing room and the players responded to the half-time prompting from Tooze and his fellow joint-manager Danny Burwood.
Tooze explained saying: “We just told the lads that there was nothing between the teams and we could easily be the side leading and what it needed was a good start to the second half – and that is exactly what the lads delivered. We scored a cracking goal and from there it was a case of whoever got the next goal took the points and, sadly, and frustratingly, for us, it was them.”
Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Matt Salter, Danny Burwood, Rob Knight, Russ Coombes, Ferenc Bodor, Ollie Jarrett, Matt Colson, Ash Small, Harry Taylor, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Ben Miller, Ruben Rafael, Jack Hatswell.