It's getting a little tiresome to keep repeating the same
thing week in week out, but once more Chequer's inability
to score cost them the game this weekend.
Beckett started the brighter of the two
sides and nearly opened the scoring after ten minutes,
when a slip by Richard Wilkie let wanderers in on goal,
but a superb last ditch tackle by Sean Hourigan saved
his blushes. The same player however was caught out when
a handball decision went against him to gift Beckett a
penalty and a 1-0 lead. Chequer saw plenty of the ball,
but shorn of any regular strikers couldn't hold the ball
up and kept conceding possession. A second goal arrived
late in the second half when a cross whipped in from the
right was met with a powerful diving header from the Wanderer's
forward who had lost both Steve Duffet and Adam Price.
At half time, Beckett were good value
for their lead and changes needed to be made. Manager
Richard Wilkie substituted himself for Will Jago, who
slotted in at left back, with Lewis Partridge dropping
to right back and Leo Trower moving up front.
Chequer began to dominate the game, looking
particularly dangerous down the left where Mark Friend-James
and Will Jago combined superbly time and again. For all
the possession though Chequer still weren't creating scoring
chances. On 70 minutes Jonathan Wood was introduced on
the right wing, with Sean Hourigan moving into the centre,
and Tom Pickford pushing up front to replace Aaron Comber
who had a poor game by his standards. Within 4 minutes
of these changes a superb cross from Tom just missed the
outstretched boot of Woody as he ran across the six yard
box. Chequer began to believe they could get something
from the game and launched numerous attacks on the Beckett
goal - Their keeper made two great saves, including a
superb stop from an Adam Searle attempt from 25 yards.
Despite all the pressure, Chequer's lack
of forwards, and confidence in front of goal saw us fail
to score, and for the second year running exit the Trophyman
cup in our first match.
Something must be done to resolve our
scoring crisis as this is now the third match running
that we have dominated our opponents, created numerous
scoring opportunities and still lost.
(Will Jago 45)
(Jonathan Wood 70)
Will Jago (45)
Joathan Wood (70)