Why Do It The Easy Way When You Can Make Life Hard For Yourself?
By Gary Tustin
SASS U17 continued their recent form of winning but making the game more difficult than it need be by missing a myriad of chances.
The Autumnal sunshine and slick pitch at Milton were perfect conditions for playing football. SASS started the game with some lovely passing football that was a joy to behold.
They deservedly took the lead on sixteen minutes from a move that epitomised their style of play. The ball was played out from the back, through midfield in a controlled manner until the opening was spotted. Louie fed Daniel whose through ball allowed Jake to work a shooting chance which he emphatically buried.
In reality SASS should have taken the lead sooner as SASS had spurned at least five gilt edged opportunities. Louie failed to connect with a James cross. Jake shot wide when well placed. James hit wide from a clear opening.
A similar pattern of play continued after the goal. George missed a header from about two yards, Louie dragged a shot wide, Jake missed the target when well placed.
Half time was one nil when the game would have been over if the players had attended finishing school.
The restart saw SASS play ‘lethargic’ football (quote from the manager) and Milton took the opportunity to draw level. Milton are a dangerous side, especially from set pieces and a succession of corners eventually allowed them to equalise after a goalmouth scramble.
SASS have conceded few goals this season as the defence has been majestic but when they do let goals in they are invariably from about two yards out following a messy period of play. Bizarre but true.
Conceding after three minutes of the second half actually galvanised the team who remembered how to play football and how to miss really good opportunities.
Ollie B hit the ball over the bar from about two yards out in front of an open goal. Louie hit the side netting, Ollie B missed a one on one with the keeper.
Ollie did make amends when Jake’s fierce shot was parried by the Milton keeper and Ollie knocked in the rebound from about two yards out.
SASS continued to pepper the Milton goal, play lovely football, create really good chances and conspire to miss them.
The game was eventually sealed when Jake collected a throw in, turned, beat three players and hit a shot to the bottom left corner. The boy does have magical feet and great ability.
SASS went on to miss more openings but the game was won and three more points gained. The perfect record was intact.
SASS do have a quality goalkeeper and a well organised and talented back line which always gives you a chance to win games. Brian Clough said ‘Young Man, if you do not concede you cannot lose football games, fact’.
However, Eynesbury are up next at their place. They also have a 100% league record this season and dispatched Cambridge Celts this weekend to confirm their credentials as a really good team.
SASS will have to be at their very best to win that one and their finishing will definitely need to be sharper. Let us hope they are on top form and do themselves justice in what looks to be the toughest test of the season so far.