Both teams were coming off the back of wins in round one, plus it was the first return to their previous club for Jarod Tuckwood and Zac Winter.
Right from the start Russell Vale made all the running. Blair Dunn, Jordan Errington, Riley Hanlon and Tommy Heaton all went close to getting on the score sheet but Bulli continued to battle for everything. The home side finally succumbed to the pressure when Jordan Errington notched up his third goal of the season. Zac Winter made it 2-0 soon after coming off the bench and out of respect for his former club did the right thing by declining to celebrate. Despite a couple of corners the nearest Bulli came to scoring was when Jack Donnelly from 20 yards out brought a save from his twin Sean who managed to deflect the back pass onto the post and out for a corner. Although the first half performance was rather scrappy the Cobras still held the lead at HT 0-2.
After a little pep talk from the Coach at HT the Cobras came out determined to finish the job off. Again there were chances going begging in front of goal until Tommy Heaton fired in his third of the season and number three for Russell Vale. Soon after Tommy Heaton was involved again when he was brought down for a penalty. If he had been on his hat-trick then I would have let him have the pen but to try and share the goals around the team I told the goalie Sean Donnelly to have a go. If his kick had been a foot lower it would have flew into the top corner, maybe Jack’s turn next time?
Probably the best move of the game and the fourth goal started deep in our own half. Ethan Larnach won the ball, Jack Donnelly switched the play to the right hand side then Tom Curran and Christian Baade Mortimer traded passes before Tommy Heaton applied the “coup de gras”.
Looking back on the game there were too many wasted corners, some half-hearted tackling and the passing needs be a lot crisper but some hard work at training, another three or four games and I’m sure they will be fine. Also from a coaching perspective it’s very pleasing to note there appears to be a very good spirit within the squad, the new lads have settled quickly and have already made their mark. We have a large squad, so firstly all the players have to understand the system we play and what each position entails. Then be flexible in learning to play various roles so everyone gets a game while maintaining the integrity of the team.
Please note photo session Saturday midday at Cawley Park, forms will be handed out at training on Monday.
Two games, two wins, not a bad start and a double header weekend to look forward to next week.