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Falcons battle when down to 9 players but a 1-0 lead slips

03 November 2018, 13:30

Falcons 1 - 2 Guildford Gondoliers

Remember, remember the “third” of November, Falcons defensive errors, injuries and plot

OK it wasn’t quite as serious as the Gunpowder Plot but the Falcons did slip to another defeat, this time away at Guildford. 

After kindly agreeing or being duped into bringing the timing of the match forward to enable Jonesy to get to Twickers to see England beat the Springboks and after only starting with 10 players against our 11, Falcons dominated the early play with shots from Burrell and White going close and there was no surprise when Griffiths converted a cross from Doggett making a strong comeback to go 1-0 up.

A continued period of dominance without adding to our lead ensued until White and the Guildford goalkeeper came together following another attempt on their goal which resulted in White having to leave the pitch injured.

With the teams now playing 10-a-side and Falcons needing to adjust their structure, a breakaway for Guildford later in the first half resulted in them equalising and this is how it stayed to half time.  The skipper gave a rousing half-time speech saying the team had played their best hockey this season and even at 10-a-side felt we could still go on to score more and take victory.

The second half started much the same with Falcons having greater possession but then catastrophe struck with a hamstring strain to Kaluza meaning he too left the field of play and went to keep White company on the bench.  With nine players and seeking a win Falcons became stretched and despite being awarded a couple of short-corners there were no further goals.  Thankfully Wilsden in goal was also making a good job of seeing-off Guildford’s attacks as well as three short corners they were awarded, it looked like a draw was the inevitable outcome.

However, as Falcons tired, Guildford found more and more space and when a speculative through ball was inadvertently deflected beyond the last defender by Billington, Guildford’s forwards who had been keeping a high-line ran onto it and rounded the keeper going 2-1 up with fifteen minutes remaining.  It could have been worse when Guildford were then initially awarded a stroke when a shot on goal struck Warners foot but Guildfords centre forward insisted it should only be a short corner, which Wilsden cleared once again!  Falcons gave it everything left in the tank but even with a further short corner that was again wasted, they came up short – continuing the story of the season so far…

Next week is the HA Cup against Amersham at home on Sunday – we desperately hope for a return to winning form and of course all spectators are welcomed!!

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