A high scoring draw in the rain at Imber Court saw the Sharks drop their first points of the season – and concede their first League goals.
It could – and probably should – have been another win for the Sharks, who went into the break 3-1 up after a brilliant hat trick from Wiktor. Ben added a 4th at the start of the second half and they looked to be cruising to another three points.
But a great fight back from Target Sports saw them equalize with a few minutes remaining. The Sharks then took control again, but couldn’t find the winner despite their late pressure.
The first half was a great display of passing controlled football again. The forward play between Ben, Wiktor and Nile was excellent at times and they could have been more than 3-1 to the good at half time. At the back they were solid and comfortable as usual, with Gabriel coming back for his first game of the season at Centre Back, with Alejandro on the bench to start. Phin and Jakub were using the ball well at full back and all seemed well. Alejandro came on mid way through the first half and Gabriel went into attack for the second half.
After the break, Target definitely pushed on and were much more aggressive in their tackling and their hustling of our defenders. We started to come under some pressure at 4-1 and eventually conceded three quick goals to bring the scores level. Only some heroics from the defence – including one superb tackle back from Alejandro – kept them from taking the lead. Rory had to be at his most alert during the period of heavy pressure, keeping them out with some safe handling and good saves.
That equalizer sparked the boys back into action, but they couldn’t quite find enough to get the winner.
The passing and composure was excellent to see first half – it’s very impressive to watch when they’re in full flow. I guess they need to learn not to get complacent, and to cope with more physical sides. As Craig said afterwards they need to believe in their skills and technique and continue to pass with accuracy and intent even under pressure. They need to remember to keep to their positions at the back and look up more in attack. With the right ball at times, they could easily have been 6 or 7-1 up at half time. But the basics are really there and they look like a very good side when they’re on song.
Unlucky not to win Sharks – but you’re still unbeaten and top of the table, having scored loads more goals than anyone else!