We entertained our landlords on Friday 26th January at the Reg Madgwick stadium in the second ‘Landlords v Tenants’ game and yet again came out on the wrong side of this result. The truth is that we were well worth at least a point but lost to a 94th minute goal from our ‘Landlords’.
A good crowd of 92 were in attendance on a chilly night in Cobham. We made some changes to our previous line up with Toby Colwill ‘between the sticks’ in the absence of Harvey Keogh who was away for this game – Nick ‘Tricky’ Wilson wore the Captains armband – our new striker (Carl Obiltey) made his full debut – Nick Inwugwu played alongside Reece Tierney in one of the central defensive berths and Ethan Brazier and Louis Elsom took up places on the substitutes bench.
When the game began, we thought we had taken the lead early on after a corner was bundled in but the referee spotted an infringement so disallowed the goal; this was a one of a number of decisions by the referee on the evening that were truly baffling. Shortly afterwards Cobham also had a goal disallowed but this was for a clear foul. In the 15th minute we took the lead after Luke Miller turned the opposition defender inside and out and drove the ball into the corner of the net with the goalkeeper having no chance. There were very few clear-cut chances after this and the game became a bit tetchy with bookings for either side. The half ended with us deservedly winning 1-0.
Just after the second half began, we had a golden chance to increase our lead after a great low cross from Luke Miller was missed by our front men and the ball went needlessly out for a throw in. The game then delivered very few chances for both teams until the 76th minute when our ‘Landlords’ equalised from an acute angle which went in off a goalpost. This was a blow to us and did not reflect our performance so far. The referee played 12 minutes of extra time and in the 4th minute of those our ‘Landlords’ scored what turned out to be the winner. The was as the headline depicts very cruel on us and yet again, we conceded a late goal which we have done so many times this season.
We must forget about this game now and concentrate on the visit of Jersey Bulls to the Reg Madgwick stadium next Tuesday the 30th of January with a 1945 kick off; this is a game that we simply must try to get something out of. The following Saturday we travel to Sheewater FC for a must win encounter with a team that currently lies below us in the league.