HELLENIC LEAGUE: Turner unhappy with silly defeat
DAVE Turner was left frustrated as his Shrivenham side ‘shot themselves in the foot’ for the third straight game as they went down 3-2 at Holyport.
After conceding an early goal striker Josh Fowler levelled things up for Shrivvy before the hosts stretched their lead to 3-1, and although Dave Coleman grabbed one back for Turner’s side it was too little too late and they were condemned to their fourth straight Hellenic Premier defeat.
The Shrivvy boss was unhappy with the goals his side conceded, just as he was in the two previous defeats to Reading Town and Abingdon United, and insisted they need to find a way to sure things up at the back.
“They scored their first against the run of play because we dominated the first 20 minutes, although we didn’t look like scoring, and they managed to break away and get one,” he said.
“We got one back after half-time but then we gave away a silly penalty to go 2-1 down and then conceded again, and although we pulled one back it was too little too late.
“In the last three games we have shot ourselves in the foot really because we are scoring plenty of goals but we can’t keep them out, and that’s down to the whole team, not just the defence.“If you make individual errors in this league you are going to get punished for them but you can get away with it in the one below and we need to get to know that quickly.
“We scored two great individual goals but have gifted them their’s, and they didn’t have to work for them because we keep making silly mistakes which we need to cut out.
Turner also reserved some rare words of praise for the match officials.
“It’s not something we usually say but the referee was magnificent and let us play like the old days, he let the game go and we were able to play properly,” he said.
“He let 50/50 tackles go and it was a pleasure to see centre-halves battle with the strikers because that’s what they do, which was refreshing to see.
“We are very quick to knock referees but not so quick to praise them so I think the referee deserves it.”
John Fisher’s Highworth side also tasted defeat as they crashed 4-0 at Flackwell Heath and the Worthians boss admitted his side were nowhere near their best.
“It’s one of those things and we can have no complaints because we just didn’t play,” he said.
“We can blame anything we want to blame but the fact is we didn’t play and that’s why we lost. Every player was available so there’s no excuse there and we have to accept it.
“We changed things at half-time bit it didn’t work, although the score flattered them a bit, but we have to look at ourselves and move on to the next game.”
Elsewhere in the division, Wootton Bassett’s clash away at Cheltenham Saracens was abandoned before the hour mark due to heavy rain. Sam Ockwell had given Bassett the lead after three minutes but the hosts equalised just before half-time.
Meanwhile, Harrison Ellis has left Bassett to sign for Carterton.
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