Updated: Dec 28, 2019
Brits beaten by sublime league leaders
Los Británicos (0) 0
Los Suaves (3) 7
Parque Ebro 03/03/19 20:30
Cabañero, Wells, Rooney, Ferns, Borque, Kinsella, Morris, Shaw
Another late game meant the splendid winter sunshine would be sorely missed and replaced with the ominous floodlights, as Británicos looked to bounce back after last week's beating. This time facing Los Suaves, runaway league leaders and deservedly so, closely approaching 100 goals scored coming into this one. The Brits had to be at the best.
With Brit bodies again thin on the ground and in particular lacking players with a bit more danger about their play going forward , the Brits would need grit and determination if they were to stand a chance of keeping the score down.
The game started as expected with Los Sauves controlling play, moving the ball around with real quality. Initially the Exiles resolve was strong and a combination of good blocks and excellent goalkeeping repelled wave after wave of attack. With chances few and far between for the Brits, it was clear from the outset that chances would have to be taken if presented and Ferns was unlucky when his early attempt from distance scuffed the crossbar.
Almost immediately this seemed to awaken something in the opposition and they quickly upped the tempo. The Brits held firm pushing the attacking runs out wide and keeping them at distance. It was frustrating that they then scored two quick fire goals from wide positions, hit with surprising power and accuracy behind the far post both times. The exiles struggled to find their footing in the game with chances being limited. The league leaders extended their lead even further before the break getting in behind and being clinical in front of goal.
At half time it was clear to see how much effort the Brits had put in and a change of formation was chosen to give a bit more defensive resilience for what was to come. The match continued in the same vain and frustrations started to build. Desperate to get something from the game, the Exiles pressed the opposition but just drew fouls and anger from the referee's decisions.
Despite a huge effort from everyone and a brilliant individual performance from Cabañero, who made a string on amazing saves including one or two point blank stops, Los Sauves scored 4 more times reaching 101 goals for the season in the process.
The opposition were appreciative of the effort put in by the Brits and the referee had only needed a light hand on proceedings but in the final analysis, the Brits had simply come up against a far better team and despite the result had held them back with reliance but no luck.
This was a harsh but necessary lesson in a debut season where the performances have often been better than the results . A match that needs to be put to the back of minds with a run of games coming up which with enough application of will, should see the Brits finish the season on a high note.
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