Sticker Reserves 1 Frogpool & Cusgarne 5
Sticker Reserves certainly met their match in this afternoons Junior Cup game! Losing to the team that they beat at this same stage last year but this team bore no resemblance to last years side. From the kick off Frogpool were on the front foot pushing forward and having success on either wing but Sticker dug in and with the lively Jack Turner operating down the left side with his electric pace raced past the last defender and smashed in a shot which hit the keeper and then the inside of the near post and ricoched across the goal area where James Martin was lurking and he gleefully stroked the ball into the net. 1-0. Frogpool equalised within five minutes when from a corner the ball was headed on towards the far post and the ball volleyed in 1-1. From then on things got progressively worse as the away side added a further three goals before half time. Sticker's tactics in this half was to hit long balls in the hope that Jack Turner would be able to get on the end of them but most of the time these were overhit. Whenever Sticker had the ball Frogpool were able to close them down stopping them from playing their short passing game and Frogpool were then using crossfield passes to their wide players and opening up Sticker's defence. H/T. 1-4.
In the second half Sticker had more of the ball but Frogpool realised the game was over as a contest and just flooded their defence and relied on breakaways. Sticker made some substitutions in this half to try and inject some more pace and it did work but didn't create any clear cut chances and then Frogpool scored the final goal after a defensive mix up let in the striker to score into an empty net. F/T. 1-5. Roy and his young team will be disappointed in losing this tie as they have had good success in the last couple of years in the Junior Cup but they were outplayed by the better team to-day.
Team: S.Hicks, J.Evans, M.Rowles-Jane, J.Annear, J.Martin, L.Clapham, E.George, H.Boardman, D.Hocking, J.Boardman, J.Turner, Subs Used: B.Hoskin, J.Hooper, F.Pearce, A,Dalby,