Reading vs Maidenhead
Narrow loss to league leaders but great performance bodes well for second half of season
A New Years resolution to publish match reports and a really positive one to start with.
Although we lost 3-1 to league leaders Reading it was a game of two halves with Maidenhead winning the second and dominating the final quarter. The Reading coach looked quite relieved to hear the final whistle.
First half was focused on defence with Zac, Flynn, Dan and Declan, with Cleve subbing in, a strong start all clearing well. Although Reading won some short corners great stopping by James and defence clearing meant that that the 3 first half goals eventually scored were mostly against the run of play.The new formation of 5 across midfield, and the centre core of Vyaan, Connor and Marc, and Scott subbing in, ran their hearts out defending and in combination with wide players Ollie and Kyle attacked fast.
Towards the end of the first half we picked up our first short corners, with Nathan and Luke swapping as centre forward bringing different problems to the Reading defence, and a training manual "J curve" run by Ollie from a perfect Vyaana nearly grabbed a goal.
Second half it was great to see the attacking pressure created, especially with Scott and Kyle on the left and Ollie drifting in off the wing with great passes from Connor and Vyaan. This led to numerous short corners and with the extra practise from the first half a simple goal of faster drag out by Flynn and Vyaan stopping and smashing home into the Reading corner.
The final quarter was all Maidenhead and we were unlucky to not a grab a second or even third.
More short corner practise needed as we keep winning them!
If we can play near this performance for our remaining matches we should starting notching up deserved wins.