Match Report - 15 Sep 2013, Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers drew with Accrington Stanley Bowles
ROVERS 1 - 1 Accrington Stanley Bowles
I'm sitting here still puzzled from Sunday. Puzzled how we played so well, had so much pressure and and yet we still came away with a draw.
In truth we didn't really make their keeper work too hard and give him too many saves to make but our football, particularly in the first half, carved open ASB time and time again only to find our finishing like a frail, shortsighted pensioner with an AK47 - scattergun and off target.
One move in particular was a joy to watch. Matt Wright played a lovely ball inside the ASB left full back for Galo to run on to, his first time cross into the front post was met by a leaping salmon in Griff form to ease over the bar.
At this point the score was 1-1. We had undeservedly gone behind when a ball was intercepted in midfield and a simple ball split the out of position centre backs for an ASB attacker to round Danny and score.
We quickly equalized sooner after bountiful pressure. A corner was swung in from the left had side, was flicked on at the near post by Smudger and rammed in by Bunny after the ball had been stopped on the line.
From then on until full time I thought we'd win the game.
Smudger ran riot in the first half and carved ASB a new one, Galo was getting forward well to join the attacks from full back and the Bunman/Matt Wright centre midfield axis was running the game. The unfamiliar centre back pairing of Adam Hill and myself also looked comfortable.
The ASB Gaffer did change it around at half time and we lost our rhythm somewhat but we still had the pressure that warranted not just one goal but several. It was therefore a big disappointment to hear the full time whistle blow with the scores still at 1-1. A score of 3,4 or even 5-1 would not have been unfair.
In short, if we play like that every week, we'll be challenging for the league and cup. Let's bear that positive in mind for this Sunday.
Accrington Stanley Bowles 1 - 1 Clapham Rovers Clapham Rovers ()