Top communicator: B W
A convoluted set up for the match with the Tigers ‘hosting’ as home team but Camberley Town Boys providing the venue; Fortress Mayhill still suffering from the siege of rain over the last few weeks. However, the pitch looked good, with plenty of grass and rather firm, suggesting conditions that would allow the Tigers to play their preferred style of football.
Aiming to pick up from last week’s performance, the Tigers got stuck in from the start. There was real intent to win the ball, play quick counter-attacking football, and ensure the opposition did not get much time on the ball. For the most part, the Tigers had the upper hand, although the Camberley right wing did seem to find a consistent path through, allowing them to put in a number of crosses, particularly in the first quarter. That said, it was first blood to the Tigers with a very quick counter after the ball was won in defence. M R moved forward quickly, spotted and delivered a lovely pass in to the path of B E to run forward and score. But, less than a minute later, with a lack of urgency to clear, Camberley pulled level with a rather soft attempt. The Tigers were able to see how lacking focus for even a short time can leave themselves open. Switched back on, the last part of the half saw the Tigers reassert themselves, and a solid clearance from D S saw the ball find B E who knocked the ball over the ‘keeper for his, and the Tigers’, second. 2-0.
The second half, with a slight downhill, saw the Tigers dominate initially. A constant stream of attacks, through good team play as well as grit and determination, kept Camberley on the back foot; the attacks led superbly by A D who drove and fought for everything, very rarely losing out. How one of his efforts didn’t go in…? Camberley started to get back in to the game as the Tigers started to take their feet off the gas a little; being a little less positive in to challenges, lacking the desire to ‘own’ the ball which led to confusion on a few occasions, and not releasing the ball quickly enough before being closed down. However, the Tigers kept going, kept playing their football, and eventually got a third goal to kill the game off in the final minute. Another strong tackle from T B, followed by a run down the right before crossing to T Bu who managed, eventually, to score at the second time of asking. 3-1 result, but nothing more than was deserved.
Top communicator, again, went to B W who, along with B E, is consistently making himself heard; not just for the sake of it but with good tactical, positional and encouraging comments.
MoM for the second week, could have gone to one of 3 or 4… A D and M R were very close contenders; however, the trophy went to T B for some excellent running and harassing, his ball winning and some good early passing, culminating in the assist for the final goal.
Win, Lose or Draw, Tigers Roar!