|19/03/2022||12:25||East Berkshire Football Alliance||2021-2022|
|Racecourse Ground 3G 11-a-side|
|Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom|
AVOIDABLE MISTAKES ALLOW WHITEGROVE TO COMFORABLY DEFEAT RAIDERS
Raiders entertained Whitegrove this afternoon in the return league fixture and slipped to defeat without a meaningful shot on target!!
Raiders dominated possession in the first few minutes but it was Whitegrove who came the closest to scoring. A simple ball from midfield between our central defender allowed the striker a clear run-on goal but Musty did well to block the shot and the ball was scrambled away to safety. Whitegrove pressed at every opportunity and on 11 mins took the lead when their striker intercepted a pass along the back four and raced through to score. Raiders tried to force their way back into the game but Whitegrove held firm. During this period of pressure Euan was injured and after some lengthy treatment on the pitch had to be helped off. The game continued in much the same vein, Raiders pressing for an equaliser and Whitegrove countering on the break. Then on 42 mins from one of these breaks Raiders lost possession far too easily and Harrison Barter (Whitegrove) curled a lovely shot from the corner of the penalty area over Musty and into the net. HT 0-2
After some harsh words Raiders came out for the second half with more determination and Freddie went close. All this was to no avail when on 50 mins Jamie tripped a Whitegrove player and the referee awarded a penalty. This was duly despatched despite Musty getting a hand to the ball. Raiders were now playing for pride and stuck to the task without really threatening to score, although the boys had what looked like a reasonable shout for a penalty turned down. For their part the only time Whitegrove came close to adding to the score was when a header from a corner smacked against the post and was cleared. Final score 0-3 and our disappointing run goes on with just two games to play.
A strange game in many ways, Raiders dominated possession for large parts of it and even though they scored 3 goals, Whitegrove didn’t force Musty into any important saves especially in the second half. I can’t end this report without a special mention for Hari who worked his socks off the whole game.