We took on highflying Jersey Bulls at home on Tuesday 30th January at the Reg Madgwick stadium in Cobham in front of our lowest crowd of the season of 64.
Jersey Bulls had flown in earlier that afternoon for the match. We were expecting a tough encounter against them which it turned out to be even though the match would be decided by a decision of the main match official in injury time which most felt that it was a very undeserving loss on our team.
As for the team, Toby Colwell retained the No1 shirt with Harvey Keogh on the bench. Ethan Brazier took over the No 2 berth from Tommy Williams who was placed on the bench, apart from that we were still missing Rory Edwards after his recent hamstring strain, we fielded a strong 11.
In the opening exchanges we were more than a match for our opponents and then after a defensive mistake we found ourselves 1-0 down. We responded very well to this set back and drew level just before half time through a goal and his first one for the club from Carl Oblitey who was able to get the ball past the opposition keeper after a dangerous cross from TJ. The half ended 1-1.
In the second half we were certainly a good match for our opponents who probably had the better chances. As the game went into injury time the referee awarded a penalty for handball which could only be described as dubious even to a Jersey supporter, in fact the match official concerned probably heard the cries for the penalty from as far away as St Helier.
As the headline depicts this was another cruel ending to the game for ‘The Salts’ after another one only four days previously. We have to pick ourselves up and go again on Saturday away at Sheerwater with a 3pm kick off – our fortunes must change soon, hopefully this Saturday.