Sometimes in football everything just comes together perfectly, hard work, slick flowing play, the luck of the green, and poor opposition all conspiring together to make things easy for you.
It’s fair to say that Kitsonian’s away match at Wicken against Shaktar Fenetsk was NOT one of those games, and was in fact a game where the only things that came together were crap weather, sloppy preparation, lackluster performance and “interesting” refereeing.
Hard though it is to believe, just occasionally a Sunday league football match can just be a bit rubbish, not fascinating, not exciting, not beautiful, not ugly just a bit rubbish.
Undoubtedly the 3 nil win for Shaktar will leave them very satisfied with the match and they certainly deserved the win, although without being in anyway terrible Kitsonians certainly allowed this match to pass them by.
With 2 changes to the starting line up proving more disruptive (but certainly not solely to blame by any means) than expected, M.Caspel starting in the position he finished against Gransden (left centre back) and M. Sadeqpur coming in at right wing for the holidaying P. Higginson.
Kitsonians started reasonably brightly (as usual) and can count themselves unlucky to be a goal behind to a counter attack from Shaktar on 7 minutes. A second goal for the home side on 12 minutes was not a result of kitsonians heads going down (as has been the case on a couple of occasions this season) but rather a second counter attack catching the defence off guard.
With the score at 2 nil the game descended into something of a midfield trudge for both teams, on a heavy pitch Shaktar’s more direct style and kitsonians failure to adapt to the conditions meant that inspite of some good attacking play, particularly down the left flank as the game progressed counted for nothing and while changes on 50 (K. Driver for A. Howlett) and 58 (A. Paget for A. Dobie) did solidify the defence a late penalty to Shaktar in the 80th minute was enough to seal the game 3 nil.
The overwhelming feeling at the final whistle was that this was one of those days. A couple of missed chances at one end and the roll of the ball at the other deciding the outcome of a game where there was little to chose between the teams on the day. Not one for the purists by any means and onwards and upwards next week (hopefully on a nicer day in a nicer place.)
Team: GK-Evardas Dudko, RCB-Matt Caspel, CB-Dan Shinn, LCB-Alex Howlett, RM-Majeed Sadeqpur, CM-Andrew Dobie, CM-Jonny Tofts, CM-Mike Ball, LM- -Tom Matthews, FW-Sam Dipple FW-Carl Thurlbourne. SUBS. Adam Paget, Kevin Driver*, Nigel Gardiner, Dan Hobday.