seething the morning after the under-18`s 2-1 defeat at the Carlsberg Stadium
against Biggleswade Town!
days one is not allowed to openly criticise referees and must write a report if
you mark them below a certain level.
to say that we have had to do that – and that`s all I will say on here!
suffered two blows with injury ruling out young midfielder Zach Arnold, who has
been outstanding for us this season, and, yet again, striker Will Russell.
meant a start for under-16 skipper George Coleman at centre-back after his lengthy
spell on the sidelines, allowing Brady Stratford to move into Arnold`s midfield
position, and a first start for new striker Charlie Whitchurch.
were a big, strong unit and the majority of the opening 25 minutes or so were a
midfield slog on a now hard and bumpy pitch and a howling wind.
coped well defensively with the long balls with Coleman, the again excellent
Nat Allam, Oli Anderson and skipper Vikram Mazumdar solid in front of keeper Alfie
it came completely out of the blue when the hosts took the lead on the
half-hour mark from their first shot of the game – albeit a very good one from
the edge of the area.
had a couple of close calls from corners but neither side created much in the
opening period which was littered with unnecessary stoppages with no advantages
being played, meaning no flow to the game.
downhill with the wind, we put Biggleswade under early pressure and Joe Hobson,
on as a half-time sub for Mason Jackson to give us a little more attacking prowess as Mason is, by trade, normally a defender, was lively down the left and a couple of his early crosses caused problems for
the home defence.
was seen of the Biggleswade attackers, with Stratford, Henry Langley and Adam Huber
now winning their midfield battle but again, completely against the run of play,
we went 2-0 down when a cross was allowed to come in and the home player rose
highest to head past Alfie Whitchurch.
then suffered the blow of losing George Coleman, yet again, this time to what
looked like a serious ankle injury which he has fortunately not broken after
being taken to hospital.
was a genuine 50/50 challenge which both players went in hard for and unfortunately,
our promising young defender will now miss more of what has been a miserable season
for him personally due to injuries.
afterward, Huber raced into the box and was sandwiched by two Biggleswade
defenders and brought down – as clear a penalty as you`d wish to see.
no, instead Huber was booked for his `disappointment` and literally seconds
later went into an innocuous challenge in midfield and to everyone`s amazement was
shown a second yellow card!
However, what happened to the `sin-bin`? We all assumed dissent was now a sin-bin offence?
That being the case, his second booking shouldn`t have led to a dismissal?
being down to ten-men, Charlie Whitchurch got on the end of a through ball from
Langley to pull one back and soon after, Mazumdar had a golden opportunity to
equalise following another Hobson cross but, despite it being on his favoured
left foot, his shot crashed back off the crossbar.
were hanging on in the end and we had tried hard, but circumstances were against
us on the night – and to make matters worse, we had to make a big detour on the
way home with the A1 being closed!
Whitchurch, Oli Anderson, Vikram Mazumdar, Brady Stratford, George Coleman, Nat
Allam, Max Wynne, Henry Langley, Charlie Whitchurch, Adam Huber, Mason Jackson.
Subs all used: Joe Hobson, Dan Bates, Alfie Bowdler.