Outplayed on the day
Colts mauled to end run
Very wintry Lion Park, but the rain hadn't quite done its worst and the pitch looked in pretty good condition. The wind however was another matter and was blowing pretty hard as Colts kicked off against Sunbury.
First few minutes and Sunbury pressed hard despite Colts having the wind in their favour. It wasn't really pretty to watch though and somewhat befitting of the wintry weather. It was clear early on that Sunbury were quick on the break and it needed both fullbacks to be on their guard. Sam in particular was having to track back to keep tabs on the left winger. Some quick interchanges by Sunbury also showed what they could do given the chance.
It was a therefore slightly surprising when Colts took a very early lead. The ball was pumped into the Sunbury box and looked to be going dead but the ball somehow got away from the goalkeeper and Fin had followed in excellently to finish equally well from a fairly acute angle.
For around ten minutes, play was pretty even, without Owen being unduly troubled. At the other end, Sam snatched at one which scuttled across the goal just missing the far post and then Josh was in on goal but his shot was calmly taken by the Sunbury keeper.
The game then started to turn. Sunbury were growing into the game and on ten minutes got their equaliser. Good play down the right and getting in behind Joey, the winger was smart enough to pick out a Sunbury shirt on the edge of the box. His first time shot come chip was perfectly judged and left Owen no chance. 1-1 and Colts needed to step it up. But it wasn't to happen. The game was stil fairly closely contested but Sunbury were starting to get control in the midfield and having more success. The second and third goals were similar with good wing play and good finishes in the box leaving Owen stranded.
Colts need to learn to close down players faster. Too much midfield possession was leading to pressure on the defence and you can only hold that back for so long. Inevitably something eventually breaks.
Half time was 3-1 and Colts didn't deserve better. Second half needed everyone to step up and whilst it was better it wasn't enough. There was maybe a chance until the fourth goal on 55 mins which killed the game. From a corner, Robbie went towards the ball and the Sunbury striker launched himself for the same ball. From the refs position, you could see how it might have been construed as a foul, but Robbie was there first and the Sunbury striker was trying to gain position. However it went against Robbie and the ball was duly despatched for 4-1.
Second half showed an improvement but Colts didn't deserve anything from a bad mornings work. To be fair, it's probably the first very poor performance in a while so perhaps due. Next time, let's hope we can get back to doing the good things and imposing ourselves more on the game - as for today, it was a game too far for a few and proved to be too much like hard work.