We’ve completely lost our mojo. That’s one win in the last ten. We may well have deserved a draw at best and would have got one if we hadn’t conceded a very, very late winner but, for large periods of the second half, we made the team third from bottom look way better than their league position.
We started brightly but didn’t make it count, yet we got our noses in front in first half stoppage time when fine work by Bitz set Kam up for a shot across goal and into the far corner from ten yards. That advantage was snuffed out very quickly when no-one got within five yards of Jack McKnight on the edge of our box. His 49th minute leveller was well taken but his shot should have been avoided.
The game settled into a pattern of BSYCOB pressing us and our attacking more or less on the break (and having no luck in front of goal when we did persevere), then most of the talking points arrived in the last 14 minutes of play. It hadn’t been a dirty game at all, but skipper Weighty was given a soft second yellow in the 83rd minute, then two minutes later McKnight levelled the numbers up with a red card, apparently for kicking Joe Green (I missed the incident). Somehow, the ref saw fit to add seven minutes of stoppage time, and in the 96th minute we conceded a penalty which Rams sub Callum Bunting converted ruthlessly.
Terrace talk was about a popular player who has apparently left the club this week. If true, I’d like to thank said player for all his effort and skill over the past three seasons. In truth, the terrace chat was more entertaining than large swathes of the game.
By and large, this is the same group of players who gave one of the club’s best senior performances in creaming Barton Rovers but, since losing a three goal lead in the trophy at Tonbridge, we’ve lost confidence, we’re not get anything like enough shots at goal and when we do attack, luck evades us as that last touch or cross or attempt at goal agonisingly misses. I hate to say this, but our last few performances have been so flat, I’m glad for a rest from home games until Boxing Day.