So Where Will the Goals Come From?

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY at the Vic

Pools 0 Cambridge 0 (League 2) Saturday September 19th 2015

After four defeats we were getting desperate for some success, and with the news that Donaldson and Corr were out of the visiting side, our little band of brothers were hoping for something today.

The Ditchburn Poolie had no real info on the ref, other than that he was a little rotund. I asked his accomplice cousin Keith for his thoughts on the game, and with three minutes and thirty-five seconds on the clock he said it would be a draw. He did say we were looking a bit wobbly at the start but I assured him that this was the norm.

The visitors were a competent side and obviously thought we were vulnerable, based on on our recent record. The young fullback Halliday was making his home debut, and after some good reports from last week we were looking forward to seeing the Boro lad.

I was of the opinion that Cambridge just edged the early part of the game and we were on the back foot for a while. Bartlett was the first to be tested but it was a weak header from the visitors. Oates was the first Pools player to have a shot after a good run. His shot was blocked and the subsequent corner was cleared.

The Pools attack looked a little too predictable and the visitors looked more dangerous on the break. Bingham was chopped down on the edge of their box but their keeper was equal to the shot and a punch cleared the danger. Featherstone was having a good game and one run he made with Bingham and Halliday, where they played some neat football, ended with a goal for Pools that was ruled offside.
"we were looking a bit wobbly at the start but I assured him that this was the norm"

It was end-to-end stuff with both teams making mistakes, but at least Pools were competing now. Bartlett made a great save from a close shot just as the ref blew for the attacker handling the ball. Woods had a chance but made a weak shot the keeper could not hold and Bingham had his shot pushed wide. Carroll tested the keeper and Harrison also had a shot blocked as Pools started to get into the game more.

There was an almighty scramble in the Pools box when they were caught out by a long throw but they managed to clear the ball. The highlight of the game was a run by Halliday who set off from our box down the line leaving at least four players in his wake as he danced through their defence but sadly his shot was blocked. This kid looks a good player and was our main threat throughout the game and was named Man of the Match.

Pools, kicking down bank the second half, started to push the visitors back, Halliday again making inroads on the strong Cambridge defence. Bingham wasted the best chance of the game, hitting the keeper when it looked easier to score. Bingham was soon replaced by Fenwick, who went close, just missing the ball at the back post when Oates, who was having some success out wide, lobbed a ball in that all the defenders missed too.

Carroll was taken out on the edge of their box, but the free kick was tipped over and the corner was wasted, although it has to be said our dead ball kicks have really improved. It was sad to see Wood limping off and straight down the tunnel with Buster, so let's hope it is not serious. Walker replaced him and he was unlucky with his first strike, but at least this lad will shoot.

We were glad of a point after recent results and it was probably all we deserved against a decent side who also could have won it. Again our lack of goal chances was glaringly obvious.