DBFC 1-1 HK Krauts
Saturday 4th November 2017 with 16:30 kick-off at Happy Valley Pitch 2.
Squad: Alessio (GK), Simon (RB), Morse (LB), Thierry (Capt.) and Nathan Sharp (CBs), Darius (RM) Steve and Matt Mills (CM), Robin Cross (RM), Tom (10) Rolph (Striker). Subs were Nathen Hayward and Scotty and Jordon to arrive for second half.
Scorers: Robin Cross (assist Tom Halder).
This was yet another week where we struggled to get a squad and the situation was made worse by a couple of last minute pull outs. DBFC seem have been hit hard by injuries and players work commitments for the early part of this season but with a 2 week break now upon us Manager Gazza is positive that things will change when DBFC resume their fixtures on 25th November.
Actually on the day of this game things didn’t end up so badly and we started with a squad of 13 players. Scotty Holmes came back from injury, Steve Lang passed a late fitness test and there were 2 new signings (one Scotty’s mate Robin who was visiting Hong Kong for a week). Just after half-time Jordon made it from his work so the squad became a healthy 14 players.
With all these new faces Gazza had to deal with arranging another completely different set of players. In the first 20 minutes of the first half the boss made 6 changes to try and find a balance for the team as HK Krauts had all the joy and pressed the DBFC goal without any real threat from DBFC at the other end. Alessio had to pull off some great saves in the first 20 minutes. However, the balance was found and the second twenty minutes of the first half was a different story and DBFC started playing football. The DBFC midfield arrested control and Tom started playing some cutting passes for Darius and Robin to run down on the wings. It was through this that DBFC got just reward with a fine goal from Robin Cross, who broke free of the Krauts back line and fired the ball from the left of the HK Krauts box into the far corner. Another chance quickly followed when Thierry burst from defence with some good passing football to continue into the HK Krauts goal box only to see his loopy shot go just wide of the HK Krauts far post. Half time DBFC 1 – 0 up.
DBFC started the second half slowly and were guilty of trying to over play the football and kept losing possession cheaply. Consequently, DBFC found themselves under pressure from HK Krauts and payed the price when a HK Krauts corner was not dealt with and the ball bobbled in the DBFC box for a HK Krauts player to toe poke at goal, which was pushed around the post by Darius’s hand. Darius got a second yellow and his marching orders and HK Krauts scored the penalty to make it 1-1 with still 30 minutes to play.
DBFC were now down to 10 men and rearranged the team formation to be 4 backs 3 midfield, with Jordon and Tom ready to break forward. DBFC played with great energy and when opportunity to break came looked threatening with Jordon and Tom up front. Tom had a couple of half chances that he didn’t quite connect with his shot and the best chance was when Jordon got down the right side to pull the ball back across the box from the by-line for Steve Lang to fire in a low drive that a HK Krauts player saved with an outstretched leg on the goal line. In the last play of the game the ball came to Tom Halder at about 30 yards out and he had a shot that the HK Krauts keeper (off his line) just managed to get his fingers on to push against the cross bar. The final score 1-1.
Given the difficulties with pulling a squad together Gazza has to see this result as acceptable. However, it is another 2 points dropped resulting in the distance between Forward FC at the top of the table being a difficult 9 points with 14 games to play. DBFC have only lost 1 of the 8 games played but the 4 draws, 3 of which were against relatively weaker sides, is disappointing. Nevertheless, it is onward and upward, and with hopefully everyone back for the remaining games of the season we can make the next 14 games all wins! Come on DBFC!
MOM: A number of players up for this for 90 mins of hard work and battling spirit. Shouts go out for Tom Halder, who kept his cool in frantic play to execute some fine passing and Alessio who stepped in this week to cover for Yanou and pulled off some fine saves. However, Captain Thierry gets it this week for his solid performance at Centre-Back to lead the team by example.
DOD: Gazza got a look at this for his very technical talk at half time when asking Nathan Sharp not to try a “Dickerty-Do” with the ball as last man. However, it must go to Darius for his red card (second yellow) to reduce the team to 10 men.