After two wins on the trot the SOBs came into this game with a bit of confidence, though that confidence was put to the test with mounting injury concerns. With only a single sub, Manager Nick Sindt knew he would have to perform quite the juggling act to keep the players fresh.
Right from the first kick-off it was apparent that mother nature would play a huge role in the final outcome. The home team had the brighter start utilizing the blustery wind at their backs to put the SOB goal under significant pressure. After roughly ten minutes that pressure came to fruition as the wind caused a defensive miscue that lead to a close-range effort leaving Larson with no chance to make a save. The first was quickly followed by another off of a break away. The SOBs finally settled into the game and began finding some joy in the offensive third though missing that final ball to create solid opportunities.
Just as the Blues began to grab a foothold in the match they were pegged back again.
Despite the three nill hole that the good guys found themselves in they stuck to their strengths and continued to work the ball around probing for their opening. Around the stroke of half-time the hard work paid off as Lance Farrell coolly slotted Nate Proft through on goal for the striker to finish with aplomb. Picking up the goal against the wind had the SOBs optimistic about the second half.
As with the first half the team with the wind had the run of play in the second. Owning the lion’s share of possession the SOBs looked more and more likely to overturn the deficit. However, all of the chances created in those first 15 minutes of the half went begging and were punished with a lightning quick counter-attack by the home side.
Two passes were all it took for Real B Town to get the ball into the corner for an inch-perfect cross to find the head of their back-post runner to make the score 4-1.
Down by three again the SOBs pushed the opposition even harder, effectively running through their training-ground drill of keep away. This lack of possession made a few of the B Town players even more lippy thus seeing the game devolve a bit. Around the 70th minute, man of the match Dave Tesch, playing deeper in the midfield than usual, swung in a great cross for Luke Clayton who superbly controlled and then drew a penalty which he converted.
The final 20 minutes saw a change in formations/tactics to maintain even more possession and pressure by the Old Boys but alas to no avail.
Manager Nick Sindt summed up the match thusly: “It was a frustrating result for us. Both teams dominated a half, but I feel we created enough opportunities to take all three points. Given how tired we were with only a single sub I feel that a full strength squad would’ve definitely swung the result in our favor.”