Giants v. Reigate Youth Wildcats
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Saturday 19th January 2019
Last December the Giants played out a hard fought game against the Reigate Wildcats. On that occasion they won by a single goal, holding on in a tight contest and saving a late penalty. Both teams are fresh to League 4 but it was the Wildcats who showed more energy and endeavour today and they took their revenge on the Giants with a 3-1 victory in a game of few chances.
The Reigate side worked as a team, pressing from the off and giving the boys little time on the ball. The Giants struggled to impose themselves on the game and in a scrappy first quarter chances were rare, and those that there were, fell to the Reigate side. Josh, playing in goal, was prepared and had to make a few important saves, keeping the score at 0-0 at the interval. The closest the Giants came to scoring was a probing run from Tom, but the Reigate defence were alert to the danger and quickly closed down the move.
The Giants improved a little in the second quarter but without creating any chances on goal and it was the Wildcats who capitalised on a short goal kick, pouncing on the opportunity to strike past Josh in goal. 1-0 to the Wildcats at half-time.
The Giants started the third quarter positively and should have equalised, with Seb shooting narrowly wide when through on goal. Moments later the boys were made to pay for their profligacy when the Wildcats capitalised on a defensive error to strike the ball high into the net for 2-0.
Manager Dan was getting frustrated on the sidelines and urged his side to greater efforts in the last quarter and they stormed out, with Josh scoring, after a jinking run, straight from kick–off. The boys were pressing for an equaliser and at last started to show their pre-Christmas energy and vigour. But this left gaps at the back and the Wildcats exploited this to good effect, scoring a third from a breakaway. The Giants continued to press but the ball did not drop kindly for them and the score remained at 3-1.
Life is proving tougher for the boys in League 4, with teams giving them less time on the ball and proving meaner in defence. The way the team finished today’s match will however have pleased manager Dan and gives hope for a return to form in next weekend’s cup quarter final against the ESPA Juniors from Walton.
Team: Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom, Zai
Man of the match: Josh
Reporter: Hu Dano