A game of 2 halves where Druids were excellent in the first but Brickfield clinical in the second. A late comeback from our opponents ended in them leaving The Rock with all 3 points.
Druids were heading into their 5th game of the season vs Brickfield who fielded a strong side. The game was exactly what the old cliché says “a game of two halves”. The first half Druids were confident on the ball, dominating possession and creating great chances in the final third. Brickfield were finding it difficult to get near Druids as our football was quick and slick, many a time the opponents were giving away fouls and racking up the cards. In the 23rd minute there was a great chance for Eric Durnell, the ball was worked forward from Adam Tunnadine into the forward player who beat his man and got into the box to get a shot off. Druids we’re still on top and didn’t look threatened by the opponents. Then the deadlock was broke, a goal which was absolutely brilliant and was picked off the training ground and transferred onto the pitch, something we were working on in Monday’s session. The ball got played out wide, Matty Marshall overlapped and delivered a brilliant ball into the box for forward runner, Tunnadine to get on the end of the cross adding a superb strike into the top corner, an excellent goal. 1-0 to the Druids just before the interval after a dominant display so far.
The second half began and Druids just couldn’t get any rhythm or tempo that they had provided in the first and the game didn’t flow. Druids pushed and pushed didn’t seem to get any reward for their attempts. Brickfield were now becoming very direct and were creating chances time and time again. The second half Rangers threw down the gauntlet and changed Druids approach to the game. Druids downed the tools of playing silky football and went toe to toe with the Rangers in making the game more of a physical battle with challenges getting thrown in left, right and centre. This was to Druids detriment as Rangers eventually got back into the game in the 58th minute with a goal and then unfortunately took the lead immediately after making it 2-1. The quick turnaround of the score line didn’t change Druids approach as they would fight their battles right the way until the end. It was good to see that desire and hard work to get back into the game, however Rangers held out for the 2-1 away win and took the 3 points hope.
Manager Jordan Hadaway spoke after the match,
“One game won’t determine our season; it’s all about how the lads react from this. They are a very intelligent, close and talented bunch of lads and I know this will only spur them on. It’s a great learning curve for the lads as it’s the first game in the league we have been up in a game then gone on to lose, so it’s something we can learn from and move forward with. The first half performance was brilliant and the loss won’t cover that up. It was an excellent first half and a lot of what we have worked on come out in that half.”
Another solid display from the EDS, who will surely continue to improve and learn from the experience.
More than just a football club.