Like it’s been for a lot of our away games this season, it was a damp and grey Saturday in Banbury. After a very nice run of six wins in a row, we were playing against a Banbury team that had only managed to get two wins all season and that was comfortably installed towards the bottom of the table.
It’s fair to say that our performance matched the weather on this occasion. The usual buzz surrounding the team was not present during the pre-match warm up and drills. It almost seemed like most of us had just come out of bed...with a nasty virus.
Sadly, we carried this mood into the game with a mixture of lethargy and failure to do the basics properly. Paradoxically, we dominated possession and created several chances and earned a couple of short corners in the first 15 minutes. By that time, the disease had spread to the whole team and even our star striker missed chances he would usually bury. The opposition mostly created danger on the counter and took the lead with a neat tomahawk strike (albeit under little pressure) that Big Dog could not do much about.
The team returned at half time with a bit more energy, looking more like it was in the recovery phase rather than back to full health. Despite being more willing and switched on the team could not get the goal that might have allowed us back into the game. Instead, Banbury earned a slightly debatable penalty stroke in the second half that more or less sealed the outcome of the game.
An overall disappointing game but, on balance, a game we probably could have won considering the number of D-penetrations, number of chances created, and short corners earned. On to the next game when we can hopefully start guns blazing to go back to winning ways.