League matches vs Charlestown on 19th and 26th Feb 0-1 & 3-2

It hasbeen a long break between the Godolphin match and by a quirk we have back to back games against the League leaders Charlestown Dynamos.

The first match was at home on the 19th at home and I quote Matt’s writeup

“Disappointed to lose 1-0 v Charlestown.
Cannot fault the effort, determination and all round play today. You all played really well!!
Very even game that could have gone either way. They scored from their corner, but didn’t really test Danny other than last 10mins when we ‘went for it’, Danny dealt with those chances brilliantly. We had the clearer chances, but a few off target shots, few decent saves from Tom in their goal and the crossbar prevented us from getting a deserved equaliser. Still all to play for. On to next week ⚽”

But I will add a few words about the refereeing which I think was some of the worst I have seen. Both sides seemed to be penalised randomly and neither team seemed to know where the rules were being applied.  However when a captain asks politely for a word with the ref and is answered back that there will be no communication at all with anybody, I think the referee has lost the plot.  I believe a captain is the appointed conduit for a civil discussion and if he is rebuffed the referee is not cut out to be a referee.

Second match was played today and I’ll quote  Matt again and contrast the refereeing which was a quantum leap ahead in quality.

“Brilliant 3-2 win at Charlestown.
Another good game, like last week. This time, we took an early lead when Andreas tapped in Lennons cross. We had a couple more good chances in the first 10mins, but Charlestown equalised when we let Alfie turn and shoot. Yeshe fine strike from Lucas pass gave us the lead again and felt we were on top for a long period until midway through 2nd half when Danny gave away a penalty for Alfie to equalise again. They had a good spell, but we again got ourselves on top when Cam squared the ball for Tom to slot in the winner. Few chances either way at the end, but no more goals.
Special mention for Darren who stepped in at the back brilliantly while Liam went shopping in St Austell 😉. Also, to Aaron who was again like a ‘wasp’ that wouldn’t go away (just like last week) and to Scott who ran his socks off!
Well done everyone! ⚽”

By contrast, the referee for this match did not put a foot wrong and was perhaps lenient on Danny when he took out Alfie by not escalating the punishment beyond the penalty.  As the ref said at the end “Easiest decision I have had to make all year” and I agreed.  Last week the exact same offence at the other end of the pitch drew nothing from the ref and no explanation at the end when asked.

So the league is now still competitive and all to play for.  We have to see out the last two matches with wins and hope Charlestown get held to a draw by one of their remaining opponents.