Following last weeks comprehensive derby victory over the blues we travelled the short distance on a freezing cold day to Horsforth Broncos.
With last weeks MOM James absent we had to shuffle the pack a little with Oliver dropping back into defence with Will.
We started off well and with virtually our first attack the game we went one up with a rasping shot from Oliver that smashed against the underside of the bar and into the roof of the net.
From that point as a team we simply weren’t at the races. Horsforth equalised from close range and then poor defending let a Horsforth striker through one on one with Josh who calmly placed the ball into the corner unchallenged. On the stroke of half time we equalised against the run of play when Charlie raced away and tucked his shot into the corner of the net.
A lengthy team talk at half time failed to turn the tide, and an own goal from Joseph 5 minutes into the second half put Horsforth 3-2 up. Charlie could have equalised again shortly after, but to be fair the rest of the second half was dominated by the home team and despite Fin’s heroics & the woodwork the scoreline should have been more. The final whistle went and the last unbeaten record in all three divisions of the Keybury league went with it.
Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say the better team won on the day, and we got exactly what we deserved.
We can make excuses that we were playing on 3G or how cold it was etc….but the simple fact is the conditions applied to both teams and we simply didn’t play our normal passing game today, and in my opinion the only two players that deserve a mention for their efforts were Will & Fin.
So a bad day at the office, but we don’t become a bad team overnight and the boys now have to show everyone how they can respond to a defeat, and also taking a bit of constructive criticism on the chin. There is still everything to play for, and big big games ahead of us.
This Sunday we are at home to Keighley Shamrock Warriors, but may be switched to Keighley if our pitch remains unplayable.