Following a 17-week hiatus, Colts finally had the opportunity to embrace competitive football as league competition resumed at Perdiswell Park. Providing the opposition (and an uncanny symmetry, being the team that were our opponents on the first league weekend back in September) were Perdiswell Bobcats. Colts lined up with a 3-4-1 formation, with Cam Elton in Goal, Sivaharan, Glazzard and Fisher at the back, Heywood, James, Coopey and Bousfield in Midfield and Davies up front. A strong subs’ bench featured Perks, Box, Johnson, Clarke and Beale.
Colts looked lively in the opening exchanges, however they were matched by Bobcats and both teams made inroads into their oppositions halves. Plenty of endeavour on both sides resulted in few clear-cut chances as the defensive lines dominated; any attempts on target were from range and comfortable for both ‘keepers. Colts best efforts in the early part of the match were speculative efforts from Heywood that failed to trouble the Bobcats goalkeeper. At the other end, the defensive trio dealt with the Bobcats pressing well, Fisher looking calm under pressure and Sivaharan and James Glazzard working well in keeping the away team at bay. As the half wore on, Boulsfield came into the game more and linked up well with Fisher on several occasions. Heywood put in a tireless shift and Conner James saw plenty of the ball. The deadlock was however broken after 20 minutes. Davies was fouled on the edge of the box, and Coopeys fine free-kick was only parried by the keeper. Fisher impressively managed to hook the ball back into the mixer, and after some frantic pinballing the ball fell to Heywood who slid the ball home for 1-0.
Half time saw the Steve Coopey shuffle his pack with Perks, Box, Clarke and Beale replace Davies, Bousfield, Glazzard and Coopey. Colts were slow to start the second period although the replacements, Box in particular, looked lively from the off. The disjointed manner of the second half unsurprisingly resulted in a more cohesive display from the visitors, and it was no real surprise when they drew level, a loose ball slammed home past Elton who in truth didn’t stand a chance of keeping the home side ahead. Elton was then forced into a brilliant save at the near post with his feet to keep parity as Bobcats pressed further.
A tiring James was replaced by Johnson up front as Colts looked to wrestle the initiative back from their opponents, and his endeavour paid dividends against a tiring Bobcats defence; Perks forced his way into space on the left wing and hammered a cross into the box, Johnsons’ shot came back off the keeper to the advancing Box who took his time and very coolly slotted the ball back past the goalkeeper and defender.
The remainder of the game was played out in a similar vein with half-chances at both ends before the referee brough things to a conclusion.
Managers man-of-the-match: Ewan Fisher
Players man-of-the-match: Ewan Fisher