Saturday 27th September 2014
By Joe Davies
After a 2 week break the Reserves were back in league action against Uxbridge for the second time, after a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the season at King George's.
In a fairly even first 20 minutes where no side really created any chances, the deadlock was finally broken against the run of play. A counter attack down the Uxbridge left allowed a byline cut back to an unmarked Uxbridge forward to pass home inside the six yard box.
Almost immediately from kick off Casuals nearly equalised. A Ross Defoe cross from deep was met superbly by Michael Salako whose header down into the bottom corner was brilliantly saved by the Uxbridge keeper.
Casuals began to dominate the rest of the half with Uxbridge only having one real chance which pulled a fantastic point blank save from Matte Pierson in the Casuals goal to stop Uxbridge extending their lead.
Amongst this Casuals were creating plenty of chances with Joe Goodman hitting the bar and post from corners but were unable to get back level.
The start of the second half started how it finished with Casuals on the front foot and with 50 minutes played Goodman should have done better with a chance that fell to him however it was smashed over the crossbar from 12 yards out.
Shortly after this against the run of play again Uxbridge extended their lead to 2-0. This time a diagonal ball caught out Ross Defoe, who was unable to stop the cross which left the Uxbridge forward to finish into the net with no Casuals defenders anywhere near him.
Within 5 minutes of Uxbridge's second goal Casuals pulled a goal back. A corner into the box was only half cleared and a strike by Joe Goodman amongst a goal mouth scramble was toe poked in by Casuals forward Luke Killeya to make it 2-1.
Looking for the equaliser the away side had majority of possession and on the 70th minute that nearly came when Michael Salako managed to scramble himself through one on one but his effort went just wide of the post.
With all three subs made Casuals through everything they had at Uxbridge in the final 10 minutes with balls being bombarded into the box from set pieces and open play however with no more real clean cut chances and some good defending Casuals were unable to get the equaliser and Uxbridge held on to take all 3 points.
Looking back on the game myself and John can't really have too many complaints as we dominated the match and should have really won it. Again some individual mistakes cost us and while we are making these we are not going to win games. It's now 4 losses on the bounce now which is totally unacceptable, however apart from the second half against Royston, we haven't been played off the park which is reassuring. If we manage to cut out these costly mistakes we will start picking up points we probably deserve.
Team - Matte Pierson, Tommy Williams, Simon Clacher, Ben Bowra, Ross Defoe, Michael Fahm, Jake Wilgoss, Joe Goodman, Femi Balogun, Luke Killeya, Michael Salako
Subs - Seon Headley, Ryan McPherson, Shaun Brown