After the false start that was the previous attempt to get kitsonians vs Alma game played early in the season, and on the back of a run of bad reverses, Kitsonians traveled to Cottenham low on confidence but high on determination to produce the kind of performance necessary.
With midweek concerns about the strength of the available squad reduced to simply a case of square pegs having to go in round holes there was a sense of nothing to lose against the division’s form team.
The pre match managerial talk was focused on ignoring recent troubles in front of goal and instead focusing efforts on once again being hard to beat. This would be achieved through determination not only to work hard but to maintain discipline and shape for the whole match.
So with strikers in goal and defence, wingers up front and the words of the manager ringing in their ears Kitsonians took to the field.
What followed was without a shadow of a doubt the most satisfying performance by a Kitsonians team for a long time. To a man everyone involved in the game played their part, the lapses in concentration in the whole 90 minutes could be counted on the fingers on one hand. A team which had been opened up seemingly at will by opponent in previous weeks was organised and hard to break down from the first minute to the last, while still creating chances to win the match.
Very rarely have a team left the pitch more satisfied with a nil nil draw that after this match. The only real moment of note was the Alma keeper being sent off in the 30th minute for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
In spite of being reduced to ten men Alma showed their quality throughout the match, but from a Kitsonians point of view this Sunday was not about the opposition but about their own performance and laying down a foundation stone on which to build the rest of the season.
Team for kitsonians vs alma : GK-Tom Matthews, RB-Michael Ball, CB-Kevin Driver, CB-James Dobie, LB-Jonny Tofts RM-Andrew Dobie, CM-Matt Caspel, CM-Sam Dipple, LM-Nick Hawkins, FW-Peter Higginson, FW-Carl Thurlbourne. SUBS. Majeed Sadeqpur, Adam Paget, Nigel Gardiner.