Poor start for the U13's who lose on the road
But still early days...
Following the massive pre-season win two weekends ago, BSU were looking to capitalise on a TC side who's form hasn't started as well as they would have liked.
TC had pace on the wing and were causing the full-backs some major problems when attacking. BSU allowed all attacks to be played inside rather than forcing the play wide which left the BSU keeper exposed to several long-shots.
BSU slotted into the game well and created some chances early on. The first fell to Braden Hill who was kicking himself after missing a shot on the side of the keeper, then Romeo Kazapua hit a long shot which just went wide.
The first goal came just after 30 mins when a massive goal kick cleared the half way line and saw the TC striker lob the on-rushing keeper with a cool chip from the edge of the box.
The BSU midfield went missing from this point, and a lack of tackling in the middle third saw the opposition switch to a 4-2-4 in the second half.
Straight from the kick off Kazapua was deemed to handle the ball on the edge of his box, the TC player saw the BSU keeper not positioned and hit a looping free kick into the top of the goal.
The damage started from here and despite several hours of training involving delivering crosses in to the box, BSU only managed 3 crosses all game, despite being reminded at half time to alter the play to keep it interesting. The formation was set up as a 3-5-2 but with the ball being played through the middle rather than wide as required, play became predictable and the wingers appeared to lose interest.
TC spotted the errors and were quick to score again, when a slip on the left from Finlay Hood saw another 1-v-1 which was again finished.
With two goals being conceded in a short space of time, the game looked to get out of hand and BSU lost the ball time after time due to high pressing from the middle two for the opposition. Despite only having 2 players v BSU's 5 in midfield, the home team outclassed in the middle of the park and with positive play to get the ball forward quickly, BSU found their players on the half-way line whilst 4 of the opposition counter-attacked.
A goal finally came for BSU after 8 minutes when Owen Peacock played a smart through ball to Riley Humphries who under pressure did well on the right to hit the ball in off of the left post past the keeper.
BSU looked as though they had a chance to get back into the game but the BSU strikers failed to take chances when offered, and several shots were rushed due to the pressure from the 6ft tall TC Centre-Back. BSU continued to play the ball back across goal and were almost punished again when the ball hit the cross-bar and dropped into the hands of James Williams in the BSU goal.
Kazapua scored a goal on 25 minutes but the assistant on the far side was playing offside rules from 2013, and despite Humphries being offside, he wasn't actually involved in the play so the goal should have stood. The BSU coaching team spoke with the referee but the decision stood.
For all involved and watching, no one can argue that the game was a disappointing affair and the players were fully aware that if they play in this way they will be well-beaten in this division. Lots of individual errors that we can work on going into the next few games.
Man of the Match - Miles Stewart
The Captain was strong and position-wise was spot on. Gave 100% and put himself on the line time after time.