Preseason Friendly – DBFC v Spartans
20th August 2016
Happy Valley Pitch 2
Although we had a successful 2015 / 2016 season, finishing runners up in the league and cup competitions, it was recognised that we had difficulties finding 11 players week in week-out. So consensus was that we needed to recruit for the 2016 / 2017 season —- and what a good job has been done. We have about a dozen new names and are sure this will provide a more consistent pool of players for a decent team week in and week out to challenge for trophies.
So a great opportunity to see many of the new faces in the first preseason friendly with a squad of 17: – David R, Morse, Dom, Kallum, Matt H, Reto, Sahil, Sam, Syd, Tom, Yanou, Ramone, Simon, Matt L, Jarrod, Oscar and Dave M.
Gazza agreed with the Spartans manager to have three 25 minute periods to allow changes and give more water breaks on a hot and humid afternoon. We only had one goalkeeper, so 15 year old Yanou played all game and was excellent throughout apart from losing a bit of concentration in the last 5 minutes (more later).
The First Period: This was hectic (100 mph) as many of the young new boys were straight out of the blocks. The four defenders played steady with Syd accompanying David at centre back. Dom was class in the middle of the park as he watched all the wild running around him. Syd’s free kick brought about a good save from the Spartans’ keeper but Dave M got to his palmed clearance first to turn it back towards the goal but as it was about to cross the line Matt L helped it in from an off-side position. Spartans had a few chances in this period, particularly a good free-kick that a flying Yanou managed to get his finger tips on and push it onto the goal bar, but I reckon DBFC had most of the clear cut chances. The first period ended 0-0.
The Second Period: Changes were made to get everyone on. Tom at number 10, Matt H and Dom at centre midfield and Syd at centre back, formed a very solid diamond in the middle of the park, and this was telling in seeing more controlled football. It wasn’t long until Tom got a goal, after threatening for a good 10 minutes. This period was all DBFC and Spartans rarely threatened our defence and when they did Simon, Morse, Oscar or Syd dealt comfortably and Yanou was always alert and off his line to clear anything that came through. The period finished 1-0.
The Third Period: Again changes that saw Dom and Syd come off leaving Matt H and Matt L in middle midfield and David and Oscar at CB. Again we were playing some good football and dominating and it wasn’t long before we got a second goal when Matt H was brought down in the box and Tom stepped up to slot in the penalty. DBFC pressure continued and saw loads of chances in this period, Dave M, Reto, Sam and Tom missing golden chances. Tiredness set in for the last 10 minutes and a missed tackle at the edge of our box resulted in a free kick that the Spartans forward blasted straight into the top corner (doubts about our wall position —- Luca to investigate). Again DBFC pressured for the next 5 minutes but a Spartans break-away was checked and the ball went over to their winger to float in a hopeful cross that little Yanou called for. However, the little Spartans forward ran in front with a leap that flicked off his head and through Yanou’s hands. DBFC didn’t find the winner and the period finished 1-2 to soft Spartans goals.
Overall score was 2 – 2 and Gaffer Gaz was satisfied with what he saw and reflected on the 2 -2 score being a diplomatic way to finish a friendly game against a decent and very fair Spartans side. A relaxed and good natured game of Footy in which all players got a fair shout of football. So it was back to the Pier Bar for a few beers and stories of what might have been.
Man Of the Match (MOM): Everyone for coming down on a hot sunny day.
Dick Of the Day (DOD): Matt L for booting in the net, from the goal line and in an off-side position thus preventing Dave M’s certain goal is a strong contender. But the winner goes to our Toblerone loving, Swiss maestro Reto – who got on to a lovely through ball, skinned the defender, rounded the goalkeeper and then missed an open goal.
Report David / Gazza