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Jonathan Butcher

Rob Gilham

Colin Gwyn

Paul Jones

Jan Knott

Dave Thompson

John Wright

Although another defeat, this match showed that we can play good football and compete.  Unusually, we also had more than half the squad in the correct age group!

In Simon’s absence, Colin managed and captained the side, and we all got a thorough briefing on the coach on the way to Hastings, along with the order of penalty-takers should it come to that!

At half-time, penalties were still on the cards, and we deserved to be on level terms at 1-1.  We had conceded a goal due to a defensive error, but a clever free-kick by Rob, sending the ball a long way back to an unmarked Dave, led to the latter taking a few paces forward and sending a great shot with the outside of the foot into the top corner.

In the second half Hastings brought on a couple of subs and also changed positions of some players.  We were never quite able to get back into it, although their keeper made a very good save from Paul.  Hastings’ captain ran the show, sitting very deep, but demanding the ball regularly with the call “Come back and start again!”  It worked well for them and was a lesson to us that a back pass can be a positive pass; something for all of us to learn.

They scored three times in that second half through clever play, rather than any mistakes from us.

It should be noted that ours was a new team in some respects, with some having never played together before, and there were encouraging signs with a lot of good passing, movement and communication.  If a defeat was a fair result, the scoreline was not.