Having worked very hard in training on organisation and short sharp passing and movement the players knew we wanted to see that replicated in the match, but even more than that we wanted to see the fight and determination that we were so used to seeing from the players.
From kick off for the first 10 minutes of the game the players passing and movement was excellent, we were passing around and through the opposition in triangles and neat 1-2s and managed to create several chances early on, which their keeper did well to save on a couple of occasions. However at the 10 minute mark a lapse in concentration saw Poole Town take the lead against the run of play.
The next 15 minutes of the half was a fairly even match up, with us loosing our way slightly in terms of the short sharp passing, but still creating the majority of the chances with their keeper making another 2 brilliant saves to deny Alfie on both occasions.
With 5 minutes of the half left their winger found space around the edges of our back 3 and did well to get to the bi-line before putting in a deep cross which was met with a strong header from just a couple of yards out, leaving Dan with no chance.
So at half time we felt hard done by to be 2-0 down, but this is where the players had a brilliant chance to prove that they were again willing to fight until the end, having come back from this position multiple times before.
We started well in the second half, not keeping the ball quite as much as we'd like to, but being very compact and quick to win the ball back when we did lose it. 5 minutes into the half we worked our way to the edge of the opposition box, and in a bit of a scramble Sam G did well to slot the ball to our hero against Verwood Sam P, who then finished brilliantly across the keeper into the top corner. Following this we had good spells of pressure and perhaps should've done better from the chances we created. We even had the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out by the referee with no clear reason as to why. With 10 minutes left of the game Poole Town scored again which made me even more proud of what followed in the final 10 minutes of the game. Other teams may have given up after getting back into a game then going 2 goals behind again but we continued to fight and got the rewards we deserved. At this point we changed formation from 3-4-1 to 3-3-2 in search of the goals we needed and just 2 minutes after their goal Tyler did what we'd been begging all the players to do and took a shot from distance on the left hand side of the pitch. His curling effort dipped just close enough to the keeper for him to get finger tips but all he could do was help the ball into the top corner of the net to again bring us back to within touching distance of earning a much deserved point. The boys continued to battle, with the majority of this last part of the game spent in Poole Towns half in and around their box. With just 2 minutes left another shot from distance this time from Josh parried by the keeper and fell to the feet of Sam G who had followed in the shot well, the keeper did well to save his first effort but at the second attempt Sam slotted the ball past the keeper to make the final score 3-3.
The players were very impressive in the way they responded to being behind in the second half and when looking at the amount of chances we created we were unfortunate to not take all 3 points.
Man of the Match went to George for a very impressive outfield performance, being strong both in central midfield and as part of a back 3, dealing with everything Poole took his way.
Next week we play away to Wimborne and will be hoping to get a result without making it difficult for ourselves by going behind first!