Disappointing Start to the New Season
By Dean Wainwright
Not the start we were looking for
The lads travelled away to Hillmorton to play the opening game of the Season, coming off a good off season of Friendlies, Tournaments and Training the lads were quietly confident, and confident in the knowledge that independent referees were being appointed by the league rather than the home team manager or parent holding the whistle, only to be told on arrival they had been let down by the referee at the last minute and their manager would fill the void.
The game got underway with Bedworth in their new kit sponsored by Stuart Plumbing, the wind was swirling all of over the pitch making conditions tricky for both teams, when Hillmorton broke through, the lads all creamed offside but the Ref kept his whistle by his side and it was their striker against Tom and we found ourselves 1-0 down, the players protested to the ref but the goal was awarded.
We went again and it was obvious the players had concerns with how fair the game was going to be based on past meetings, heads were down and Hillmorton again broke through, the shot came in and Tom made the initial save but there was no one to follow up the rebound apart from Hillmorton and they were 2-0 to the good. A number of decisions made should have gone our way but didn't and the frustration started to creep in.
The half time whistle blew and the lads came in with heavy heads, Mark did his best to raise spirits, but the lads were still disappointed in decisions that were being made in the game. They came out for the second half and stepped it up a gear and it wasn't long before Will got his name on the score sheet. There were some moments of magical play and several more attempts on the home teams game with their keeper pulling off some wonder saves. However this was interspersed with poor decisions leading to the Bedworth Coaching Team questioning them with the referee, but it made no impact.
The final whistle blew and the scoreline remained unchanged, the lads came off the pitch with heads hung low and disappointment, we have no issue with losing as long as its fair. Today Will was awarded Managers Player of the Match, well done Will.
It is clear that games have to be officiated by neutral people to ensure fairness in the game, our ethos is We Lose Fairly, We Win Fairly, We Play Fairly. Today was not a good lesson to either team, it had a negative impact on the players and certainly not in line with the FA's Fair Play Strategy.