Sporting our new kit for the first time we were slow out of the traps allowing Oakwood the best of the opening exchanges. Gradually we pulled together and took control of the game. With Brendan Walker winning everything in the air at the back and Nathan Murr pulling the strings in midfield, we dominated possession and created chance after chance. Louis Waterhouse finally gave us the lead our play deserved with a brilliant individual goal.
We held onto our lead until 5 minutes before the break when we lost concentration at the back and allowed a long ball to travel all the way through to the unmarked Oakwood forward who levelled.
We came in a the break frustrated to be level but were soon back in the lead as last season’s leading scorer Josh Woodcock capitalised on a mistake by the Oakwood Goalkeeper.
The second half then continued in the same vein as the first as we continued to spurn chances which would ultimately cost us. Unfortunately we lost Josh and Nathan Murr who had to go and fulfill their commitments with the Rotherham United academy. This halted our progress slightly and another lapse of concentration at the back saw the home side unexpectedly draw level. Both teams then had good shouts for a penalty waved away and both Goalkeepers pulled off good saves as the two sides tried to win the game in normal time.
The game then went to extra time which saw us spend the entirety of the exchanges camped in and around the Oakwood penalty area.
Alas we were unable to take advantage and in the very last minute as both sides began to think about penalties a free kick from outside the area found it’s way into our goal.
To say we were disappointed was an understatement. The boys can take great heart from the level of performance but we need to take our chances if we are to have happier days.
Brendan Walker was our man of the match. I have included some pictures and hope to bring better news next time we play. For the record the game was played in excellent spirit by both sets of players and it was a very pleasant evening.