Match Report - 18 Mar 2012, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers lost to Battersea Dogs
Battersea Dogs 2 – 1 Clapham Rovers ‘A’
Let’s just file this under ‘one of those days.’ We had enough chances to come away from the game with at least a point. They had shots cleared off the line (in the last minute most annoyingly,) we hit the post and they had a lad sent off for blatantly kicking Si in the knee in the penalty area. This didn’t result in a penalty because our throw in had not yet been taken and therefore the ball wasn’t in play.
They also scored a lucky first goal where two of their players kicked the ball simultaneously and the deflection off each other caused the ball to loop over Dom. Their second goal saw Dom make a save and the ball had so much spin on the ball it span over Dom when it hit the ground.
The ref also had a truly appalling game, one of the most inconsistent and mystifying games of refereeing I have ever seen. Ever. Ever. EVER! It did play in our favour though when he turned down a Dogs penalty claim which was one of the most blatant penalties I have ever seen. It almost made up for the fact that he seemed to penalise Gaz whenever he touched, looked at, or breathed on the ball.
Our goal came from G as we scored from a back post header at a corner to make it 2-1.
In saying all the above, there are elements of our play which are frustrating me a little. Our tendency to start looking for a killer pass from deep positions means that we’re becoming a bit of a hoof it and hope team. This only seems to happen when we’re a goal down and chasing the game, which is understandable, but that’s not playing to our strengths. We’re a decent footballing side. We’ve got skilful players with excellent footballing brains all over the field. Our interplay at times on Sunday was great but we weren’t doing it in dangerous areas of the field. It seems that once we passed the half way line we looked to hit a long ball over the top for someone to run on to. Let’s stop this now and commit to not looking for the killer pass all the time.
MOM. Carswell was imperious at the back and held his own back there when we literally pushed everyone forward in search of the equaliser. He also caused havoc in the air, along with G, at every corner or free kick.
9 Teams Games
15 9 4 2 43 22 +21 31
Clapham Rovers 'A'
10 8 0 2 31 15 +16 24
Dulwich Tandoori Cobras
11 6 4 1 39 11 +28 22
11 6 3 2 30 18 +12 21
12 6 3 3 32 22 +10 21
Worcester Park Rangers
11 5 0 6 33 38 -5 15
14 3 2 9 26 56 -30 11
Wessex Rangers 'A'
14 3 1 10 21 50 -29 10
16 1 3 12 23 46 -23 6
Battersea Dogs 2 - 1 Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers ()