Teddington Raptors v. Worcester Park Colts
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This was a tough lesson today against a very well organised league three Worcester Park team, not just for the players but for the managers too. At least four goals scored against the Raptors came from set pieces at corners. We spoke to the opposition manager after the final whistle who confirmed that this was something his team practiced in training and that they always scored many goals from corners! Tight man marking at corners is something within our control that we can work on and help the boys with.
Ironically some of the Raptors attacking play was actually very good at times. Where we were found wanting today was defending as a team. Too many 50–50 tackles were not won and in some cases no tackles were made at all. We simply made life too easy for the opposition!
Thankfully there were a couple of outstanding performances for the Raptors today. Daniel Jolly put in a great shift in centre midfield, running tirelessly from box to box. Daniel tackled and passed well and he also set up the second goal for Max Rankin.
Man of the match went to Max who demonstrated again what a diverse player he is with another great display in a forward role. Max looked hungry and his first goal came as a result of pressing high up the pitch and intercepting a back pass to the goalie. The second goal came after some great work from Daniel down the left hand side of the pitch. Having reached the by-line Daniel cut inside with his right foot and layed off a well weighted pass into Max’s path. Max’s initial shot was blocked by the goalie but Max made sure with his second attempt. Max’s all round game was spot on today; lots of movement up front and he showed some delicate touches and skills with his back to goal.
Today was tough for everyone against this league three team. As long as we learn from our mistakes then we can grow and improve. Today’s key take aways
1. tight man marking in corners.
2. We MUST press and challenge the opposition when they have position in ALL areas of the pitch!
On to the next game against Chipstead Youth, a team from our own league which should hopefully prove to be a more even match.