Nottingham Ballbois 7 – 1 Cardiff Dragons

On a windy but dry Nottingham day the Dragons traveled north for their opening GFSN League fixture. It was a difficult day for the Dragons from the start and an indifferent performance saw us well beaten by a strong and experienced Nottingham team.

From the offset the Dragons were under pressure conceding after only a few seconds from a well struck shot from distance after possession was lost from the kick off. The hosts continued to gain the upper hand with almost constant pressure on the Dragons goal with fast and effective football from all directions,  the visitors defense not helped by playing against the wind. The second goal arrived on the quarter hour with a neat finish from inside the area and a third soon followed from a firm header after a cross from the right as the Dragons again lost possession in a dangerous area. More goals could have followed but some good last ditch clearances from Murray and Anthony plus some solid goalkeeping from John A prevented any further scoring as Nottingham went in to half time with a deserved 3-0 lead.

The second period was a more even affair with the Dragons now having the wind in their favour. Unfortunately despite having plenty of territory inside their opponents half and forcing a couple of corners the Dragons were often unable to take the right options to make the most of their attacks as possession was mostly given up cheaply. Nottingham continued to threaten at regular intervals and extended their lead on the hour mark with a firm header from the centre of the 6 yard area. The Dragons replied quickly though following a rare sustained spell in their opponents half when Murray scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Anthony. Another couple of forays into the Nottingham area followed but these were dealt with by the home defense. The Dragons made changes in personnel from time to time due to injuries and to utilise the squad but with the game becoming stretched as the half went on with the hosts took full advantage with 3 further late goals from a combination of poor defending and good finishing.

Dragons squad: John A, Crispin S, Murray H (manager), Anthony R (captain), Aris D, Leanne R, Jason C, Michael W, David K, Ed L, Ryan M, Stefan M, Simon E, Darrin H, Chris C.