Away | 26 November 2016
After a week off we got back under way against Malmesbury on a very soggy pitch.
We had a very young side and 2 of them were making their debuts due to 1st team call ups and other unavailability's.
We asked them to go out and give a good account of themselves and try to play on the floor with confidence despite the playing conditions.
Unfortunately that didn't happen at first and there were a few misplaced passes and mix ups due to players not knowing each other. 5 minutes into the game one of those mix ups cost us as we failed to clear the ball out of the area and when it fell to a Malmesbury player, his deflected shot found the back on the net.
It still took us a while to find our feet but 20 minutes in we did just that. We started to play football and the work rate went up once the confidence grew. A couple of free kicks and some half chances followed but we couldn't capitalise.
35 minutes in the Malmesbury goalkeeper handled the ball outside the area which stopped Josh Brain from a tap in after good work from Aaron Mason which lead to a red card.
We turned the screw even more and eventually got our reward when Zac Costello won the ball high up and slotted a perfect through ball for Aaron Mason who composed himself and calmly slotted home with the last kick of the half.
We asked the players to stay calm in the second half and keep the ball to tire out the opposition and then push on when they start to tire.
The players did this perfectly and delivered a great 2nd half performance with a great attitude and maturity.
A great run down the left from Ed McCormack ended with a pin point cross which saw a header from Justin Flowers go just wide. The defence were strong throughout and marshalled superbly by Tom Bond who was back after a hamstring injury which had kept him out for 5 weeks.
We had 3 or 4 good chances but didn't score due to some good defending from Malmesbury.
Eventually we managed to get the goal we deserved when some good work down the right from Glen McDonell and Aaron Mason ended with Josh Brain slotting home. We still looked strong and looked to get more goals but it stayed 2-1 and it was a deserved victory.
Special mentions need to go to man of the match Zac Costell who played a deep midfield role, Andy Lewis who made his debut at the age of 17 and looked superb throughout and 17 and 18 year old goal scorers Aaron Mason and Josh Brain who are both Corsham lads.
Great day boys. Well done.