September 20, 2015
Match report by Ray White
In the end a heavy defeat for Sharks, but for a long time this was an even game. At 1-1 in the second half it felt like Sharks were on the cusp of turning our greater possession into something meaningful and very few of the parents on the side-lines would have anticipated a 4-1 reversal. But a couple of powerful long range strikes within a few minutes of one another moved the game out of reach and a fourth goal late in the game rubbed salt in the wound.
The margin of defeat seemed harsh but it would be hard to argue Hounslow CB didn’t deserve the points. Jaden made some excellent saves, they hit the woodwork several times and their strikers also missed a couple of relatively straight forward chances. For Sharks, Rory’s clean strike to equalise from a first half corner and a terrific long range free-kick from Joel that was tipped onto the bar by their keeper were the only shots on target I recall (forgive me if I’m wrong on that boys, I am older than you!). In another attacking highlight Gabby and Sylvester did combine very well to create an opening in the first half. Sylvester’s excellent, flighted ball over the top found Gabby’s well timed run beyond the Hounslow CB defence but on the stretch, Gabby couldn’t direct the ball goal-wards.
There were strong individual Sharks performers today but as a collective Hounslow CB were more effective where it counted. When Sharks had the ball their players were quick to shut down the space and disrupt Sharks possession. It was also apparent they’d brought their training ground drills onto the pitch with them – notably when their defence ran out as one to catch Sharks offside from an attacking free-kick. But Sharks can certainly learn from this and if we match their intensity and work-rate, there is no reason to think we cannot win our rematch with Hounslow CB later in the season.