More pain on a wet night at Plainmoor, as Eastleigh take advantage of concentration lapses in our defence to take the three points. We look well placed to kick on for a win at 1-1 and 2-2 as well; but the third is a stinger, and the away team grit their teeth, waste copious amounts of time and get the win. We probably deserve better, and can’t rise up above it all to get a result.
Player Ratings (out of 10):
Hodgkiss 7 Anderson 5 McGinty 5 Rowe-Turner 7
Young 7 Verma 4 Lathrope 5 Sparkes 6
Harrad 6 Williams 5
Subs: Reid 6 Keating 6 Chaney N/A
Man of the Match:
Luke Young: Luke marginally gets the vote over LRT surprisingly! The midfielder dynamo does everything in his power to get us going, finding very little support from the likes of Verna and Williams. The goal is a fluke, though he so often puts the ball into the right areas. It must be frustrating at times for Luke playing with that lot!
1 – Luke’s right foot inswinging corner swings off the far post and into the net. The conditions are torrential at that point and help him out.
2 -Harrad has been fairly anonymous, until a nice second half control, turn and shot finds the left hand corner.
Narrow, narrow, narrow!! Same old story really, Hodgkiss and LRT do actually overlap more and make things happen – so some improvement going forward. The subs aren’t great from Nico, with no target man to bring on Keating and Reid get busy but it’s not the night for them to make an impact. Defensively we just can’t concentrate after stoppages, the lack of leaders again hurting the team meaning we’re in big trouble.
Eastleigh are a horrible team to watch and play against. All the tricks in the book are utilised, and they know just how to play them to their advantage. The ref is urged to take action on various time wasting and does not. On the flip side there is experience and quality in the team (including Constance and Tubbs who Nico would love to have), and overall that is enough to get the better of us.
66 mins – Just after Harrads goal, Matthews replies with a cracking volley from outside the box. We clear the corner but do little to close down the shot. Avoidable stuff, and after that we lose our heads and rarely look like snatching a draw.
Brett Williams: Brett is just not at the races, looking hesitant and uninterested on crosses. Nico is not impressed, berating the striker and withdrawing him in the 2nd half. A bad night for Brett, making the addition of a target man even more crucial.
It was all there to win against mediocre opposition, and we just couldn’t do it! More questions will be raised on Nico and the boys have to pick themselves up fast. Wet and miserable…and that was just us in Bristow’s!
Dominic -Annoyed TT Editor!