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Shrewsbury Town 1 Oldham 2

4 September 2012

Town's youth team go down 2-1 at home to Oldham

Youth Alliance
Shrewsbury Town 1 Oldham 2
Saturday 1st September 2012

: Wearing, Carpenter, Richards, Smith, Astley, Musslewhite, Easthope (Fletcher 66), Gwilliams, Jones (Anderson 60), Molinuex, Ryan.Town

: Dickin, Rowley, Flint.Subs not used

: S.RyanGoal

Individual and team consistency are a must for players and teams to develop and progress. We have to begin to perform with confidence, self belief, game understanding and desire to be able to go the next level. Repeated information given to players has to sink in sooner rather than later for us as coaches to move forward with the boys.

Although an overall disappointment to have lost this game we created the best chances all through the match again looking a threat when breaking with pace and threaded passes. Jack Gwilliam again showing some good wide play delivering a good cross for Dave Easthope to head over when he probably should have scored on 27 minutes, then it was Gwilliams who should have scored himself when cleverly played through by Sam Molineux only to place his shot wide when 1v1 with the keeper.

As the saying goes however ‘goals win matches’ as Oldham found themselves 1-0 ahead right on half time (43 minutes), when again some poor defending allowed the Oldham striker too much space to slot the ball home giving Wearing little chance.

Our response was good and assertive again with Gwilliams causing the right back no end of trouble to deliver a pin point cross for Scott Ryan to positively side foot into the net on 55 minutes. Chances continued to come again with Molineux, Ryan and Anderson all making the Oldham keeper work although the opportunities should have been taken on at least two of the three attempts and apart from a comfortable one handed save from our keeper Wearing we were rarely troubled which made the defeat harder to swallow.

Overall, and as stated above quite simply we have to learn quickly or get left behind which may seem harsh or unfair but the standards we are trying to reach are tough and very high.

Pete Wilding

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