As just a supporter, it was great to watch a game between two play off hopeful teams. The result was about right in my opinion, with City disappointed to have conceded a 2 goal lead - but perhaps happy with a point at the end of the game.
What is strange is that neither keeper made a save of note - despite the fact that the game was end to end, and quite entertaining. Wayward shooting - from both sides - explains a lot, and belied the quality of the goals that were scored.
Josh Harfield scored with a quality header in the first half, and then again with a “worldly” volley early in the second period. From then on City sat quite deep, and a fortuitous free kick evaded everyone and the visitors reduced the deficit. This gave them impetus and it was no surprise when they equalised with around 20 minutes to play.
From then on, it was anyone’s game - with half chances at both ends. Neither side could force a winner, and a draw at the conclusion was probably the right result.
I have to say in the end today I’m quite satisfied with a point, although obviously disappointing having gone 2-0 up, thing to bear in mind is once they score 1 and then 2 all the momentum is with them and it was tough after that, we had a go ourselves though and it could have gone either way, a decent point against a good side.
We welcomed back Rob Carr to the squad today, he wasn’t set to start however we had bad news in Danny King picking up an injury in the warm up, so we had to drop Rawks back to LB and brought Rob Carr in.
Game started with them enjoying a lot of possession, they played a narrow diamond and they outnumbered us in the middle of the pitch, with us pressing them as we normally do they kept finding pockets of space between us and this was causing us a problem! To combat that we adopted the same approach that we did at Merthyr and let them have it until they stepped into our half and then pressed hard and hit them with pace, this actually worked superbly well, they ran out of ideas a bit and we started getting the ball and hitting them on the counter, we got ahead through a Josh Harfield header, then had a great chance but Ty took too long and the chance went, we went in 1-0 up at the break.
2nd half started in a similar vein with us allowing them to play with it at the back, they started to go a lot longer though mixing it up a bit more, we dealt with that well and then Josh popped up with a fantastic strike on the volley to put us 2-0 up! Sadly we didn’t stay 2 ahead for long enough and a dubious free kick on their left was curled in 2-1. Not long after it was all level with a neat finish in the box, from there it gave them a huge lift and we needed to dig deep! To be fair they didn’t have a lot of chances apart from a spilled free kick Prycey managed to pull of a wonder save to keep it level, we also had a great chance in the last minute that we needed to do better with. In the end full time 2-2 and a fair result.
Credit to Cinderford who I thought were impressive, best side we have played this year so far in my view, however we dug in well and had a lot of players playing with injuries and this had an impact on us, so full credit to my lads for the effort and also adapting to the changes we made mid game so well!
We now have to recharge the batteries and patch up the injured lads, then we can train hard for another tough game away at Thatcham on a very poor surface over there, we very much look forward to the challenge though.
A great game for the neutral but a frustrating one for Winch fans . Cinderford are difficult and dogged opponents who will take points off a lot of teams in the top half but having built up a hard fought two goal lead you always felt that they could come back . If it wasn't for an unbelievable reflex save from Prycey at the end it could have been a defeat . In the main we played well and scored two good goals by the excellent Josh Harfield .---- the second which is a real goal of the season contender . We climb another place up the table and at the half way stage of the league season 32 points is a good launchpad to the playoffs . A bit more luck and a bit of consistency in front of goal may well get us there . Well done everyone and keep it going .
Post by richardhayter on Jan 6, 2019 11:08:59 GMT 1
A very entertaining game against a big, strong Cinderford team who were quite physical in all their challenges. Two goals from Josh, his second a fantastic strike from outside the box put us in the driving seat but you always had that feeling they were good enough to come back into the game. Simba was causing problems with his pace and direct running, so Cinderford had to get rid of him and in doing so they brought him down three times in about five or six minutes so the poor bloke had to go off injured, we then lost some of our attacking power. I agree that Prycey made a great save at the end, but he also just stood and watched with the rest of the defence as their first goal went straight in from a free kick out wide. A good draw against a side who were capable of winning.