Posts Tagged ‘hereford’

Away form returns

18 April, 2009

img_0422_webIt’s a shame they only give full commentary on the second half on BBC Essex.  It would have been good to hear today’s goals go in at the time they happened.  I’m in desperate need of listening to a winning performance (given that home performances recently have left me completely bewildered).  The second half today sounded rather drab and although a 2-0 win away from home is quite desirable at any time, when you look at the quality of the opposition you have to feel we should have bagged a few more.

img_0459_webCuckoo Farm was announced this week as the second stop on a world tour of football league grounds by the BBC Sport team of Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs.  See their blog.  I just had to have my say of course, and a collection of my photos from the first season here at Cuckoo Farm is now available on Flickr.  It just goes to show that despite our lack of performance recent history has put us on the map.  Sometimes we forget what a rich set of experiences we have had in Colchester in the last 30 – 40 years.  I dragged out my old matchday programmes the other day and found the visits of top flight teams such as Leeds (1971 of course), Aston Villa (1979), and Manchester United (1979).  As a matter of interest today’s opponents Hereford played their first ever Football League match at Layer Road in 1972!

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Game 10 – Hereford

5 December, 2008

img_1282webWe started today looking for a continuation of the winning run.  Sadly it wasn’t to be.  The players were back in the rut of failing to find each other in the bright shiny new stadium.  Maybe they were dazzled by the sunshine?  Perhaps the glare from the (empty) seats put them off.  But then again perhaps they just aren’t good enough.  The new players, Tierney and Walker, looked quite sharp for most of the game and we can’t blame them for the loss.  Walker seems to get a good kick upfield.  I think he kicks it flatter than Deano, so it goes the same distance but quicker.  It’s all about  trajectory.  He got the ball into the final third of the field time and again, direct to a team-mate, only for the players to run out of ideas.  That was the story of the game.  Other reports will say how Colchester pressured the Hereford defence for long periods.  Actually we never really looked like penetrating them.  The players just didn’t know what to do.

img_1283_webAnother poor attendance although the travelling support of around 50 may have helped to influence that.  I noted that the Hereford fans spread themselves quite thinly across the South Stand and only started to huddle together when it got colder and then again when they scored their goals.  It looked like a few from E8 might have emigrated to the North Stand.  We did get a chance to ventilate our lungs when Easter scored his customary goal and that raised spirits around the ground for a while.

Throughout the game it was clear from the crowd reaction that at times we know more about tactics and strategy than our beloved team.  We spot good passes and moves across the field.  On one occasion several people around me roared in unison at Hammond to switch the ball to the other wing but he ran it into trouble the other way, followed by a collective groan.  Sometimes it’s so damned obvious what to do but Yeates has to run it into a brick wall and hope for lucky deflection.  The best he gets most of the time is a throw-in.  There’s a distinct contrast in ability between Easter and Platt.  Easter can trap the ball.  Platt can’t do it for toffee.  Easter shapes his body to meet the ball and it sticks to him and he is able to keep possession.  The ball just hits Platt and bounces off in some direction or other out of his reach usually to an opposing player.  Are you reading this Paul Lambert?  This is free coaching feedback.

I’d really like to say something positive about the team but this week’s Essex Senior Cup win against Romford was a walkover purely because our fringe first teamers finally got a full game.  Perhaps they should be playing a full game when it really matters.

img_1284_webComing out at the end my son and I spotted two bright stars.  Not footballing stars.  These were in the sky, millions of miles away, just like our chances of winning a match with a performance like we gave today.  How much would it take for Venus and Jupiter to come down here and get us  out of the hole we are in?  Venus would be hot, that’s for sure, so she can play up front with Easter.  Jupiter’s a giant, so he can be the rock in defence  and captain of the team.  Perhaps they’ll bring their mates along too.  Saturn can run rings round any opposition, including Uranus.  Mercury can operate on the wings, like quicksilver.  Mars, the God of War, and will add some backbone to the team and provide the energy in midfield.  Neptune, with 13 moons, has some options for  substitutions for late in the game and Pluto can take care of the long balls.  It sounds like there are some possibilities here, but in reality  – what planet am I on?