Cannings get the new season off to a good start
By Matt Lewis
Boys looked good in their new AG Builders sponsored kit
In some ways it doesn't feel long ago that we were finishing our summer tournament campaign and holding our end of season presentation but doesn't take us all long to miss our football and want to get going again. A new season always brings fresh hope and we are determined to give it our best shot and challenge for the title this season after a good 3rd place finish last season.
Its always nice for the boys to look the part on a match day and we owe Barry (AG Builders), Danny (Southwest Car Buyer) and Marcus (PC Howard Ltd) a big thank you for sponsoring the kit, drill tops and rain jackets this season. Apologies on my behalf in being a little late in getting it all sorted for the start of the season and it will be a relief when the all the lads are fully kitted out in the right sizes!
We opened the season against one of the newly promoted sides in Lydiard Irons and it gave Myles and Romi the chance to play against their old club (albeit they played for the now disbanded Hammers). We started with our normal 3-2-1-2 formation with the intention of switching to 3-2-3 as the game progressed.
Overall I would say it was a very satisfactory start to the season on a very difficult pitch where it was difficult for the lads to be able to trust their touch and shooting given all the lumps, bumps and stones!! We controlled the game almost from start to finish and whilst there is room for improvement in terms of our link up play and converting chances to goals that is only to be expected at the start of a new season with the lads feeling their way back into a rhythm.
We went ahead with a fine strike from Harry who flourished back in his normal position behind the two strikers. We grabbed a second via Romi who once again showed how strong he is in the air, rising to power a header in from a corner.
We had several other chances to really put the game to bed before half time but a combination of the pitch and a bit of rustiness kept the scoreline at 2-0.
We went on to score a further three goals in the second half with Joel grabbing two and Harry also grabbing a second (and was unlucky not to get a hat trick) as we switched things around a little across our attacking line of three.
I think getting that first game under their belts would have done the lads the power of good and it was great to see them keep control of the game, earning a clean sheet and scoring some good goals. Plenty of stuff to work on in training over the next few weeks but the coach was able to enjoy his Sunday roast (a slightly disappointing Lamb Shank actually:-) after a job well done by the boys.
In terms of man of the match I felt both Archie's had good games but it came down to a very tight call between Harry and Romi this week. Harry scored two fine goals and was very unlucky not to grab a hat trick and Romi was a strong force in midfield, especially in the air. Harry just gets the nod this week - well done Harry and well done all the lads.
We play Lydiard Millicent Juniors in the 1st round of the League Cup on Sunday over at Beversbrook. Hopefully the pitches over there are in tip top shape.