On a cold and frosty night temperatures ran high as The Revs took on the young bucks of Five Rise. Last time out The Revs were woeful and went down 6-2. Last night wasn’t much better but at least the score line improved with only a 4-1 loss.
Saying that The Revs started the brighter with some real nice passages of play and the opposition couldn’t get near The Revs goal for the first 10 minutes with the back line expertly marshalled by P. Pinkstone. The opposition set out their intent though and J. Evans was clattered early on from behind, so they wanted to mix it a little. This was fine with The Revs though and although things threatened to spill over on occasion it never actually did with Tyman putting in some big crunching tackles.
The difference between the two sides was one player in all honesty. A young lad who was very good with the ball at his feet, but equally as cocky with his mouth though. He was kept quiet for most of the first half as The Revs enjoyed the lions share of possession, even carving out some decent chances but ution in front of goal was severely lacking last night.
Five Rise capitalised on The Revs mistakes whereas The Revs never really took advantage of the opposition mistakes. And when the defence backed off on occasion, waiting to see what their star player was capable of, it left Steane very vulnerable.
They opened the scoring due to this but The Revs hit back immediately when D. Pinkstone won a free kick and whipped it in for Tyman to pounce and smash it in. This ruffled the opposition and as a result they upped it a gear and hit back within seconds of the restart ensuring a 2-1 lead at half time.
The Revs had opportunities and those moments of ‘nearly’ to get back into the game, but they were always a whisker away from the perfect touch or the perfect passage of play.
A few more tasty challenges went in from both the Evans bothers and Beardall, but it didn’t affect the opposition rhythm in the end. They remained patient and picked The Revs off with two further unanswered goals in the second half.
Hartrick probably had The Revs best chance in the second half with a ball over the top from J. Evans but as was the story for most of the team the ution was high, wide and mighty.
Steane pulled off some great saves to keep the score line within touching distance for The Revs and as previously mentioned some of the play was exquisite at times with D. Pinkstone spraying a few balls over the top opening up the opposition. However last night will only be remembered for J. Evans heated comments at the end to their cocky lad who was bragging. Evans couldn’t even have the last word when Hartrick played him in only to see his effort go woefully wide.
Anyway, let’s forget last night and move on eh folks… onwards and upwards!