After our start in Section B with some negative goal difference, it is pleasing to end the league season in a strong position over recent weeks and with not conceding the number of goals as in February.
I like to think that this is due to the ability throughout the team the team to transition to defend. It’s also our real ability to break and take the fight forward that helps balance the dynamics of the match.
This game brought its short intakes of breath and then a sigh of relief during action in our own penalty area. With 2 shots coming off our bar and 1 of our post, we had a bit of luck on our side. The action to clear such balls out after was fantastic, with all reacting quickly to help the cause. Again some good goalkeeping between our posts throughout the match, helped at so key times.
However as many opposition Managers have told me, our keenness and sometimes surgical counter attacks offer their own highlights. On numerous occasions the team confidently excels forward, often winning ground or the opportunity to put the ball in the danger areas.
In quarter 2, James came close with a well taken volley that just went over the bar and Harry had a shot just wide in the 4th.
Whilst no goals scored for either team, the game was again a good competitive match, that the Vikings seem to thrive on.
With just 1 last game to go, the league and Plater run in data ends a follows:
Played 22, Won 14, Drew 4, Lost 4. Goals for 56, against 31, an average of 2.55 goals per game for the Vikings.
The season broken down in Section halves is:
Section C & 4 Plate qualifiers: Played 13, won 9, drew 3, lost 1. Goals for 35, against 16, an average of 2.69 goals per game for the Vikings.
Section B & 2 Plate final rounds: Played 9, won 5, drew 1, lost 3. Goals for 19, against 14, an average of 2.11 goals per game for the Vikings.
These latter match performances, I believe places us well for next season in Section B, where the team will develop further together.
We build now for next season, where the game will be a new environment to the players with additional space on the pitch, around the keeper in goal and the tactical importance of off side. New challenges that I am sure we will all look forward too.