Monday, October 7, 2013
Pinhoe Gladiators 3, Brixington United 2
Brixington United Under-15s form going into this game had been quite difficult to judge, writes David White.
They were scoring a few goals and making countless chances for themselves but their defensive frailties had often been their undoing!
Coach Ian Horne opted to stick with the policy of three at the back and, for the first half it worked as Tom Green, Sam Carmody and Elliot Horne seemed able to repel most attacks, especially when assisted by defensive midfielder Jay Jackson.
It was only just before half time that Pinhoe managed a goal from a cruel deflection from a disputed free kick .
United started brightly in the second half with Ed White And Max Howard both being denied by the superb Gladiators keeper.
United kept on pushing and things looked to be improving when Max Howard came through to equalise on the hour mark.
Pinhoe were still dangerous and it took a smart save from Alex Taylor and a brilliant last gasp tackle from Elliot Horne to keep them in the game.
United though, kept pressing and Max Howards smart finish put the visitors ahead with 15 minutes remaining.
It was then that Brixington showed their naivety by not closing the game down.
They continued to attack and this only left gaping holes at the back which the home side took full advantage of by pulling the game back to 2-2 and then getting the winner with the last kick of the game!
It will interesting to see if coaches Ian Horne and Ju Young stick to the same systems at home this week or whether urgent work will be done at training to shore up the defence!