This was a development game for The Dragons. Muzz and the management team realise how import these games are to the future of the club. Important to ensure players / members are getting enough game time and developing on the football pitch after all, how do you know how you are doing unless you are playing competitive games.
So you have to take more than the score away from games like this and that is what we felt we did although the score does not reflect that.
Onto the game itself it was a gorgeous day probably to hot to play football more like sun bathing weather. The pitch was hard a maybe a little bumpy that does not help but most pitches are like this at this time of year.
The Dragons lined up as follows:-
Kris, Muzz (Manager), Sam (Capt), Ryan, Christian, Darrin, Leanne, John A, Aris, Hywel, Ruth.
Subs: Anthony, Ed, Jason.
Sam captained the side as Anthony did not start through injury and playing 5’s in the morning. It was also Ruth first game for the Dragons after training with us for the last 8 weeks.
We were also going to ensuring players got plenty of game time to day so there would be regular changes.
In the first half the Dragons certainly held there own although Kris was called into action on a number of occasions making some excellent stops. It was a strong Tigers side had a 1-0 advantage at half time. The Dragons had battled all half and you could not fault the commitment.
There were a number of changes at half time Anthony replacing Kris in goal Kris himself going up front and Jason coming on. It was never going to be easy in the 2nd half after The Tigers scored 2 quick goals after half time. With the Dragons using all there subs making changes every 10 minutes or so to ensure game time we found it hard. The Tigers scored 2 more goals making it 5-0 before an excellent corner by Sam went into the back of net 5-1 Tigers. Another goal was added making it 6-1. The final two goals came on 90+5 and 90+10 making the final score 8-1.
It has to be said we battled all day and credit goes to all that put on a Dragons shirt on the day and hopefully we will learn from this experience as its not the result that was important but getting game time.
Unfortunately we suffered a number of bad injuries during the game Christian with a very bad Knee injury going off very early in the game. Ed breaking a bone in his wrist and Leanne also have a wrist injury. We wish all of you a speedy recovery.
Many thanks to Mark for refereeing the game and Jason and Ed for running the line at times. Also a big thank you to the support on the day from Jordan, Tom, Richie, Matt and Adrian.
Thank you to Trowbridge for travelling over to Cardiff for the game.
The Amos (Assistant Manager)
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