Eckington Juniors arrived, warmed up, and owned the pitch for the first half of this game. Significantly superior in technique, physique and cohesive understanding on how the game should be played City were second in all departments. Defensive doggedness and a bit of character kept the visitors lead to two, 0-2 at half time, the visitors team talk would be very different to City’s.
A quiet half time more through tiredness of chasing the opposition meant there was a a group focus to what was being said. Emphasis on team shape when transitioning between defence and attack was clarified. Passing accuracy, ball retention, and a few other words of motivation and we were at it again.
At this point Court Place Farm moved into what appears to be a parallel universe, 10 minutes and City were into their stride (which was a limp in the first half). Eckington were doing as much chasing and City were on the front foot, challenging Eckington as individuals and as a team.
Pelumi charged forward for a corner, got nowhere near the cross but as the ball came back across the goal he was ideally positioned (taking a break) to toe poke it into the back of the net, 1-2 game on. City pressed with a purpose and confusion in the 18 yard box a bouncing ball 2 central defenders a goal keeper and Connor, only one winner here 2-2.
For the last 10 minutes both sides went for the winner, either side could have won it with chances at either end, very good chances came and went and when the final whistle was blown 2-2 was about right.
Eckington thank you for a good game and a very stiff test.
The dogged determination shown by this side is a credit, which kept you in this one, we are looking for the quality on a consistent level that is the challenge.